6:1 We 1 then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
(1) Men do not only need the ministry of the
Gospel before they have received grace, in order that they may be partakers of
the Gospel, but also after they have received grace they need to continue in
6:2 2 (For
he saith, I have heard thee in a time a
accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is]
the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)
(2) In that grace is offered, it is by the grace
of God, who has appointed times and seasons to all things, that we may take
occasion when it is offered.
(a) Which I of my free mercy and love towards you
liked and appointed. And at this time God poured out his marvellous love upon
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
(3) He shows the Corinthians a pattern of a true
minister in his own example, and in Timothy and Silvanus, to the end that he
might procure authority for himself and his companions like him, as he
purposed from the beginning.
6:4 But in all [things] b
approving ourselves as the ministers of God, 4
in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
(b) Declare and indeed show. (4)
He first of all reckons up those things which are neither always in the
ministers, nor without exception, unless they are there according to the
minister's bodily condition. Patience, however, is an exception, which also
is one of the virtues which ought to always be in a good minister.
6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in c
tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
(c) In tossing to and fro, finding no place of
rest and quietness.
6:6 5 By
pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by
(5) Secondly he reckons up such virtues as are
necessary, and ought alway be in them, and by which as by good armour, all
pitfalls and hindrances may be overcome.
6:7 By the d
word of truth, by the e power of God, by
the f armour of righteousness on the
right hand and on the left,
(d) Preaching of the Gospel.
(e) Power to work miracles, and to subdue the
6 O [ye] Corinthians, our mouth is g
open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
(6) Going about to rebuke them he says first that
he deals with them sincerely and with an open and plain heart, and in addition
complains that they do not do the same in loving their Father.
(g) The opening of the mouth and heart signifies
a most earnest affection in him that speaks, as it happens commonly with those
that are in some great joy.
6:12 Ye are not h
straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own i
(h) You are in my heart as in a house, and that
no narrow or confined house, for I have opened my whole heart to you; but you
are inwardly narrow towards me.
(i) After the manner of the Hebrews, he calls
those tender affections which rest in the heart, "bowels".
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
(7) Now he rebukes them boldly, because they
became fellows with infidels in outward idolatry, as though it were an
indifferent thing. And this is the fourth part of this epistle, the conclusion
of which is, that those whom the Lord has condescended to in calling them his
children, must keep themselves pure, not only in mind, but also in body, that
they may be completely holy to the Lord.
6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what k part hath he that believeth
with an infidel?
(k) What can there be between them?
6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God
with idols? for ye are the temple of the l
living God; as God hath said, I will m
dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my
(l) He sets the living God against idols.
(m) God dwells with us, because Christ has become
God with us.