Paul exhorts the Corinthians to live for Christ and to believe the word he is bringing them. He carefully encourages the Corinthians to recognize his open and honest presentation of both his past and of the gospel, warning against those who seek approval based upon their outward appearance and not their heart.
God has chosen those whom He would for salvation and He has divinely predestined them to do good works. Men will receive rewards for those good works but not for works they should have done but did not. Men will also be held accountable although not for punishment sake as the punishment for sin was taken by Christ at the cross. read more…
Paul continues his observation started in 2 Corinthians 4:16 that the temporal body is temporary but the resurrection body is eternal. He longs for the time when the temporary body will be done away with and he will receive his glorified body. His confidence is based upon the fact that the Holy Spirit Himself is the guarantee of this coming to pass. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 5:1-8.
God delights in using imperfect messengers to communicate the beauty of the Gospel. Paul spent his adult life spreading the Gospel. He was afflicted, persecuted, and pursued but never abandoned or despairing. The power of God shined through his life and he was gladly spent in service to the Corinthians and the church of Jesus Christ. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 4:6-11.
In this section, Paul reminds the Corinthians that he had a shameful past but he has renounced it. His handling of the word of God has been pure and straightforward for their benefit. He allows that if the gospel is veiled, it is so because of the blinded and wicked minds of unbelievers.
Their minds are blinded out of pride and wickedness and are further rendered blind because of the actions of Satan himself, the god of this world.
Paul has made a conscious commitment by the grace of the Holy Spirit to focus solely on the Lord Jesus Christ preaching Him and rendering himself a slave to the church at Corinth as he does to every other church that he serves. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 4: 2-5.
Cornel was raised on a cattle ranch north of Sandpoint with his parents and 4 siblings. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1974. Cornel studied veterinary medicine at North Idaho College and The University of Idaho. He left college and married Kim Luckey in 1976. He worked in the lumber and logging industry until 1981 when he became the manager of the Army Surplus Store.
Cornel and Kim have 3 children and 16 grandchildren. Cornel was saved in 1975 and has been involved in the teaching ministry for 3 decades. As a young Christian, he was discipled by Jess Whetsel and finds great joy in joining him in ministry at KCC where he is active in teaching and occasional preaching. Cornel has been an elder at KCC since 2014.