McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Ex 18, Lk 21, Job 36, 2 Co 6
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. (2 Co 6:11)
Paul has a great concern for the Corinthian church, which gives us a glimpse into his heart. The dangers besetting the church affect more than the people causing the concern. They affect Paul too.
We are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.” (2 Co 6:16)
Paul’s connection to the Corinthians is established by God, according to this passage, but experienced as a result of Paul’s vulnerability and frankness. Because the first is true, we must be willing to do the second. Otherwise we risk “receiving the grace of God in vain.” (2 Co 6:1) There is more to acting upon the grace of God than just vulnerability, of course, which Paul goes on to mention. But it is crucial to a healthy church.