Now Is the Day of God’s Salvation
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
(1) As we work together (partner) with God, we call upon you not to receive God’s grace in vain. (2) For as it is written in Isaiah 49:8, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you the truth: now is the time of God’s favor and now is the day of God’s salvation!
The Hardships of God’s Servants
2 Corinthians 6:3-10
(3) We put no obstacle in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. (4) Rather, as God’s servants we commend ourselves in every way—in great endurance, in troubles, hardships and distresses; (5) in beatings, imprisonments, and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger (days without food); (6) in purity, understanding, patience, and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; (7) in truthful speech and in God’s power; with weapons of righteousness in both hands; (8) through honor and dishonor, praise and slander; genuine but treated as impostors; (9) well-known yet regarded as unknown; dying and yet we live on; beaten yet not killed; (10) sorrowful yet always rejoicing; poor yet making many rich; having nothing yet we possess everything.
Paul’s Appeal to the Corinthian Church
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
(11) Corinthians, we have spoken freely to you and opened wide our hearts to you. (12) We are not withholding our love from you, but you are withholding yours from us. (13) So in return—I speak to you as my children—open wide your hearts to us also.
The Holiness of the Church
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
(14) Do not enter into binding relationships (become unequally yoked) with unbelievers, for righteousness and evil have nothing in common. There is no fellowship between light and darkness. (15) There is no harmony between Christ and Satan (Belial). There is nothing in common between believers and unbelievers. (16) There is no agreement between God’s temple and idols. For the church is the temple of the living God, as it is written in Leviticus 26:11-12, “I will live with them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.“ (17) It is also written in Isaiah 52:11, “Therefore, come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch nothing unclean, and I will receive you,” (18) and in 2 Samuel 7:14, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”