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Searching Out The Truth

John Collins10/16/2012

In 2 Corinthians 13, Paul gives us a very deep thought:  We cannot do anything against the Truth, only for the Truth!

This was the third time Paul came back to the Corinthians, yet again they had strayed from the Truth.  Paul kept reminding them not to let men rise among them -- every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  He had warned those who sinned before, warned all the others, and warned the new ones now while he was absent.  He had already warned them on his second visit!  

These men tried to oppose Paul, seeking proof that Christ was speaking in him.  Paul warned that God was not weak in the wrath that would deal with them, and that Paul would deal with them by the power of God.

Paul said for us to examine ourselves.  Test whether you are in the faith, or not.  Test yourselves!  

He asked, "Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?  Do you not realize this about your own selves?  The only way this can be is if Jesus Christ is not in you!"

Paul was utterly shocked that the people would let men rise in power among them.  Christ came to give His Spirit freely among them.  The same Jesus Christ that was in them was in Paul.  The same Spirit in Paul was in the rest of the apostles.  The same Holy Spirit in the apostles was in them!  Why would they even want to let another rise in power, looking to a man for their answers?

He says we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.  We are glad when we are weak and you are strong.  Your restoration is what we pray for!

The Truth stands for itself.  If we rise against the Truth, we learn more about the Truth!  It becomes an invasive cleansing of all untruth when we rise against it!  Paul was glad when others were weak, because they were searching out the Truth for themselves.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we searching out the Truth?