10.8.2017 The Viewpoint – 2 Corinthians 2: 12-17
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. (repeat)
Define: a viewpoint is… a perspective; a position from which you look at something.
Oswald Chambers once wrote about this verse…”This verse is to be the VIEWPOINT of those who follow Jesus! We must strenuously maintain God’s point of view in every day, every way, in every bit. NO outside power can touch this point of view!”
*As we live out this point of view we are to God’s glory.
-This is our purpose, amidst the different challenges of life, to live it out by faith.
-We are not here “in God’s showroom,” like a car on display, to just sit around and look pretty, BUT we are here to exhibit captivity to Christ, living out our faith amidst the struggles of life, to impact the world in a Jesus way.
CONTEXT: (2 Corinthians 2) – This isn’t Paul’s 2nd letter to them… He had written them and visited them a few times before to encourage, disciple and straighten out their problems.
Chapter 1- He had problems in Asia and was in fear of death, but he learned to trust in God, and God delivered him.
He was going to visit them in Corinth, but the Holy Spirit led him in another direction.
Problems in Corinth he addresses
*To this context he writes the encouragement of verse 2:14
1.Words such as VICTORY and TRIUMPH presume a conflict.
As we live out faith, we are in a conflict!
- Sometimes we battle with the world; sometimes the flesh;Sometimes the forces of evil. Paul wrote to the Ephesians…We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with powers and principalities in the spiritual realm…
- Any child of God recognizes this
- Paul’s testimony in Romans 7… “Sometimes I do what I do not want to do; sometimes I do what I hate… It’s the sin living in me.”
2.There are reasons it’s hard to live a life of victory.
-Some don’t put up much of a fight. They live defeated because they don’t claim/live out their victory.
-Some accept the lies of the faithless world… Instead of hoping, believing the promises of God.
-The Bible says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you!”
3.While some don’t seem so triumphal, others always seem to live victoriously.
Here Paul says God does it – “causes us to triumph”
In 1 Corinthians 15 he says -- “through Jesus Christ our Lord”
*The key is found in abiding in Christ -- believing that Jesus works in us and through us to make it happen
-Abide in Christ through prayer, insights found when studying God’s Word, through the fellowship of believers
To maintain a victorious VIEWPOINT…
1.Recognize – Look to see/identify the battles, then understand from God how to procede
Ill: Team Talk – I always listen to the guys I coach… Their problems and concerns about life. On Friday they began to ask me questions about the Bible – God was working in their lives!
2.Battle – Fight the enemy – know the enemy and understand how to battle
Ill: Luncheon (help) – amidst the battle with my busyness and circumstances, God sent a friend to help
Ill: Bridgeton Police Substation – a mobile Police Station that can go to area hotspots, to address criminal activity
3.Hope – Live by faith with the certainty of victory
Ill: Baseball playoffs – Last night Bryce Harper brings back Washington for the win, at the end!
*perseverance is the key – keep battling AND believing… There IS victory in Jesus!!!