Not Peddling the Word of God

Text: 2 Corinthians 2:17

Those Who Peddle the Word

  • They corrupt the word — changing the things in it (Galatians 1:6-9) and leaving things out of it (Acts 20:27)
  • They adulterate the word — mixing in the commands, traditions, and opinions of men (Colossians 2:20-23; Matthew 15:6-9; Romans 14:1)
  • There are “many” who do this

We Speak from Sincerity

  • No ulterior motives
  • Plain speaking (2 Corinthians 3:12)

We Speak from God

  • As an apostle, Paul received the divine message directly from the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10; John 16:13) — this is no longer done today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)
  • We can still speak “as from God” (1 Peter 4:11) — How? … preach from the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

We Speak in Christ

  • Any message from God today will be in Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2) — there is no other message (John 14:6)
  • Any message that claims to be from God is false if it doesn’t acknowledge Christ (John 18:37; 10:30) or if it contradicts with the writings of inspired men (1 Corinthians 14:37)

We Speak in the Sight of God

  • Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God (Hebrews 4:13)
  • The teacher will be held accountable (James 3:1)
  • Those in attendance will be held accountable as well (Acts 17:30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:10)

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