2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5: Walking by Faith…

                Paul speaks about how if the world as we know it was dissolved, we can be assured that; “…we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1) Here Paul speaks about our Eternal home; it gives us insight into our divine nature, as sons and daughter of the highest God. Paul comforts the Corinthians in his letter to them, telling them to have confidence; “…we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Corinthians 5:6-7) As God’s offspring, we can have confidence knowing that one day we will return to live with Him. While we are on the earth, however, we are absent from Him. Because of this absence, we must prove our worth and walk in this world without the knowledge of our pre-earth life with God. If we labor diligently; “…we may be accepted of him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)

Paul reminds the Corinthians that; “…we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) Essentially, Paul is teaching the Corinthians that we are in fact responsible for our actions here on Earth, and we WILL be judged for them.  Jesus Christ died for us, and thus opened the door to our Salvation. However, it is our choice to accept the grace of Jesus Christ. This means that we need to do good works, so that we may be judged for those good works!

If we do good, and follow Jesus Christ, we will become; “…a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Proverbs 9-10

Proverbs 9-10

Chapter 9: Walk in Intelligence

“Forsake the foolish, and live; and in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:6)

This is essentially the theme for this Proverb. It goes on to say; “…rebuke [criticize] a wise man, and he will love thee.” (Proverbs 9:8)

                Essentially if you criticize a wise man, he will love you. Why? Because if a wise man is wrong, he will love the fact that he has the opportunity to correct himself. A wise man, who is wrong and accepts it (swallowing his pride) is truly a WISE MAN.

Finally we end this Proverb by reminding us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverbs 9:10)

Chapter 10: Slanders are Fools

This Chapter is presumably written by Solomon. His words of wisdom are below:

“…A wise son maketh a glad father…” (Proverbs 10:1)

 

                “The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.” (Proverbs 10:8)

 

                “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life…” (Proverbs 10:11)

 

                “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” (Proverbs 10:12)

 

                “Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction”

(Proverbs 10:14)

 

                “…he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)

 

“The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” (Proverbs 10:27)

 

Psalms 128-129

Psalms 128-129

Chapter 128: Walk in the ways of the Lord

A Song of degrees

                “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine… thy children like olive plants round about thy table… thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord” (Psalms 128:3-4)

If a man fears the Lord and follows His commandments… that same man will be blessed and his wife and children will also be blessed.

Chapter 129: Those who are confounded

A Song of degrees

                “Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have no prevailed against me” (Psalms 129:2). Many of us have been through hard times in our lives and might have even ran into some enemies. But if we trust the Lord those that afflict us will not prevail against us.

 

Psalms 81-82

Psalms 81-82

Chapter 81: Walk in the Ways of the Lord

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph

                Here, the Lord speaks to Asaph;

“I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt… But my people would not hearken to my voice… So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should have soon subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.” (Psalms 81:10-14)

We need to remember that God will help us, but because he has given us agency… he will not force us to do anything. If we chose to live without God, he will leave us alone and not help us in our times of need.

Chapter 82: Ye are Gods of the Most High

A Psalm of Asaph

                “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods” (Psalms 82:1) The Lord God (Jesus Christ) is a God, but not THE GOD (The Father).

“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalms 82:6)

This is a very important verse. First we learn that we are “gods” notice how it is a lowercase “g” and not an uppercase “G”, because we all have the ability to become “gods” like our Father, or in other words, we have the ability to become like our Father in Heaven. This leads to the second important part of this verse… we are children of the most High God. That means that God is literally OUR FATHER!