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Our Word to You is not ‘Yes’ and ‘No’

Image result for yes noThis is from 2 Corinthians:

“But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us– by me and Silvanus and Timothy– was not yes and no, but is yes in Him.”
(2 Cor. 1:18-19)

Paul attaches his own promise – even on a matter as “unspiritual” as ministry travel plans – to the awesome promises of God fulfilled in Jesus Christ – a stunning statement.

Confused? The idea is this:

“Just as we preached to you the Son of God, and in Him everything was ‘yes'” (meaning, all of God’s promises are fulfilled in Him, and when you believed on the Son of God, you experienced that ‘yes!’ when His Resurrection became your regeneration) “so just we preached to you truth as in the presence of Christ on all lesser matters, we always spoke truth to you – always, and in every situation, and without equivocation. Even on travel plans!”

It’s an argument from the greater to the lesser. Paul’s saying, “You trusted us (Paul, Silvanus, Timothy) when we preached the gospel to you, and that proved true. So even, when I speak about something as seemingly mundane as ministry decisions, you can trust me on that, too.”

The man of God is required to speak plainly and truthfully in all situations. Double tongued men exhibit the fear of man and so craft ministry decisions to suit various audiences. Or they just hide, either behind the office, or other people. But a shepherd who loves people tells the same message to all about all things – whether heaven and hell – or even mundane ministry decisions.

Why? His ministry decisions are made in the fear of Christ, not in the fear of man.

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