2 Corinthians 6 Lesson

Now is the time to follow Jesus!

If you have been putting off following Jesus, now is the time to act and get yourself right with God!

Maybe you know what God wants you to do but have not been doing it. If that is the case, the time to repent and ask for God’sforgiveness is now!

In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul is urging the Corinthians to receive God’s grace the right way. In his letter, Paul quotes an old testament scripture found in Isaiah 49:8:

  • “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.”  

This scripture is written from God’s perspective, meaning that when it says, “I listened to you,” and, “I helped you,” it is referring to God doing both of those things for us.

We all want God to hear us and to help us. God wants that too. He loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins.

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. ” – John 3:16.

For today’s lesson, we will be looking in God’s word to see what it has to say about acting now, with a sense of urgency! Our lesson will be divided into three sections:

  1. Act now because none of us are promised another day!
  2. Act now because none of us know when Jesus is going to return!
  3. Act now because that is what we are commanded to do!

NONE OF US ARE PROMISED ANOTHER DAY

None of us know what tomorrow will bring. We are deceiving ourselves if we think that we do. God tells us this in the following scriptures:

  • “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” - Proverbs 27:1.

  • “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’” - James 4:13-15.

NONE OF US KNOW WHEN JESUS IS GOING TO RETURN 

Jesus promised us that He was going to prepare a place for us, and that He was going to return.

  • “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be.” – John 14:1-3.

He also warned us not to get complacent. We are to be zealous in our service to the Lord because we do not want to be found unprepared when He returns.

  • “But about that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. ” - Mathew 24:36.

  • “Be on the alert then, because you do not know the day nor the hour .” - Mathew 25:13.

WE ARE COMMANDED TO ACT

  • But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves. ” - James 1:22.

  • What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  In the same way, faith also, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” – James 2:14-17.

God commands us to understand what His word says, and then to do it! He does not want passive followers; He commands us to be active.

  • “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” – Revelation 3:15-16.

CONCLUSION

The time to get ourselves right with God is now! We need to act with a sense of urgency for the following reasons:

  1. None of us are promised another day.
  2. None of us know when Jesus is going to return.
  3. We are commanded to act on our faith.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” – Hebrews 3:15.

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Rodgers miller opiyo

When we experience all the challenges does God know that we are leaning of His promises, but the hardship come to us why and when shall God say its over for my people to suffer , in good time we call His name in bad time we call His name which one the good time and the bad time if we are in His presence all the time ?

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