Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of II Corinthians Chapter 6
Metaphysically Interpreting II Corinthians 6:1-13
6:1And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain 6:2(for he saith,
At an acceptable time I hearkened unto thee,
And in a day of salvation did I succor thee:
behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation): 6:3giving no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our ministration be not blamed; 6:4but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 6:5in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; 6:6in pureness, in knowledge, in long suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned, 6:7in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,6:8by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 6:9as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 6:10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
6:11Our mouth is open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart is enlarged. 6:12Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections.
January 25, 1948: II Cor. 6:1-10
Why is today called the day of salvation? Because we can set about immediately to accomplish the real work that needs to be done. An actual beginning of the task before us is better than visionary daydreaming or criticizing existing conditions without making an effort to improve them.
In bringing into realization our aspiration toward perfection, what is the first and easiest step? Developing impartiality. It is possible for us to have good will toward all men, regardless of personal prejudice. God has so arranged the universe that the sun shines on the evil and on the good. We need not condone evil, but neither need we fight those who do not measure up to our standard of good.
What things insure our success in developing the Christ consciousness under adverse conditions? Purity of thought and life, knowledge, long-suffering, kindness, the Holy Spirit, unfeigned love, the word of Truth, and the power of God.
Can anything separate us from divine love? Nothing but our own lack of will or of devotion to our task. If we hold ourselves in the consciousness of divine love, we cannot be separated from it.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Corinthians 6:14-18
6:13Now for a recompense in like kind (I speak as unto my children), be ye also enlarged. 6:14Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness? 6:15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever? 6:16And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
6:17Wherefore Come ye out from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
And touch no unclean thing;
And I will receive you,
6:18And will be to you a Father,
And ye shall be to me sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.
February 26, 1950: II Cor. 6:14-18
Is separation in order in the realm of love? Yes, love must be separated from sense and self, and be made selfless before its spiritual quality becomes evident.
Are the faculties that give zest to life lost in this separation of the spurious from the true, the selfish from the selfless, the personal from the impersonal? No, the opposite is true. Love enters into all of life and gives life its meaning. Whether in work or play, thought or reverie, love finds expression through all.
What is the key to true fellowship? The sharing of thought in harmony and accord. “What portion hath a believer with an unbeliever?” Those whose beliefs are in harmony with one another's know fellowship and peace of mind.
February 4, 1940: II Cor. 6:16-18
How do we separate ourselves from imperfection? First by denial. We deny its reality and its power over us. Next by affirmation. We affirm that which we wish to see made manifest.
October 25, 1942: II Cor. 6:17
How can we separate ourselves completely from sense desires and motives? Only by arming ourselves with the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. His faith and constancy of purpose were so complete that He was willing to endure physical suffering and death, rather than surrender them. As we gain like constancy and faithfulness, we too shall overcome as Jesus did.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 11-30-2013