The Message

2 Corinthians 6

Staying at Our Post

11-10 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time;
The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

11-13 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!

14-18 Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way:

“I’ll live in them, move into them;
    I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people.
So leave the corruption and compromise;
    leave it for good,” says God.
“Don’t link up with those who will pollute you.
    I want you all for myself.
I’ll be a Father to you;
    you’ll be sons and daughters to me.”
The Word of the Master, God.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多后书 6

1身为上帝的同工,我们劝你们不要辜负祂的恩典。 因为祂说:

“在悦纳的时候,
我应允了你;
在拯救的日子,
我帮助了你。”

看啊,现在正是悦纳的时候!看啊,现在正是拯救的日子!

上帝仆人的品格

为了避免有人毁谤我们的职分,我们凡事尽量不妨碍别人, 反倒在任何事上都显明自己是上帝的仆人。不论遭遇什么患难、艰苦、贫穷、 鞭打、囚禁、暴乱、辛劳、无眠或饥饿,我们都坚忍到底, 靠着纯洁、知识、忍耐、仁慈、圣灵的感动、无伪的爱心、 真理之道、上帝的大能、左右手中的公义兵器, 无论是得荣耀还是受羞辱,遭毁谤还是得称赞,都显明自己是上帝的仆人。我们被视为骗子,却是诚实无伪; 似乎默默无闻,却是家喻户晓;似乎快死了,看啊!我们却仍然活着;受严刑拷打,却没有丧命; 10 似乎郁郁寡欢,却常常喜乐;似乎一贫如洗,却使多人富足;似乎一无所有,却样样都有!

11 哥林多人啊!我们对你们推心置腹,开诚布公, 12 毫无保留,只是你们自己心胸太窄。 13 现在请你们也向我们敞开心怀。我这样说,是把你们当成自己的儿女。

永活上帝的殿

14 不要和非信徒同负一轭,因为公义和不法怎能合作呢?光明和黑暗怎能共存呢? 15 基督与魔鬼[a]怎能相容呢?信徒与非信徒有什么相干呢? 16 上帝的殿与偶像怎能相提并论呢?因为我们就是永活上帝的殿,正如上帝说:

“我要住在他们中间,
在他们当中往来;
我要做他们的上帝,
他们要做我的子民。”

17 又说:

“所以,你们要从他们中间出来,
离开他们,不要沾染污秽之物,
我就接纳你们。
18 我要做你们的父亲,
你们要做我的儿女。
这是全能的主说的。”

Footnotes

  1. 6:15 魔鬼”希腊文是“彼列”。