Our Adequacy is from God

2 Cor 2:14-3:6

BACKGROUND

Suffering and affliction in Asia.

Ephesus

Corinth – sorrowful visit

Difficult letter instead of a second visit. (2Cor 2 : 4 )

Troas – Titus was not there.

THE TEXT

v14 Paul thanks God that we are led in triumph in Christ. Aroma is because of a personal relationship with Christ. (c/f Gen 8:20 Aroma arising to God from Noah’s sacrifice ).

v16 Aroma of death to death and aroma of life to life.

v16 Who is adequate for this?

v17 Sincerity – speaking from God, in Christ, in the sight of God. False teachers had arrived since the previous visit.

3:1 Letter of commendation? The church at Corinth IS that letter.

3:2-3 Letter from Christ written on the hearts of believers by the Holy Spirit.

3:4 Confidence through Christ towards God.

3:5 Adequacy from God.

3:6 The letter of the law kills because we cannot keep it. The Holy Spirit gives life. New Covenant (Jer 31:33)

Ezekiel 11:19-20 – New spirit – Heart of flesh instead of stone.

APPLICATION

The fragrance of Christ carried by us everywhere we go.

Feelings of inadequacy?

1. Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit – (Eph 5:18 )

2. Study the Word diligently (2 Tim2:15)

3. Pray a) alone, b) with others, c) on assignment.

4. Always listen for God’s message to us.

5. Focus on God. Circumstances are the backdrop. " I have set the Lord continually before me" ( Ps 16:8)

Our responsibility is to be obedient to God. The response of others is not our responsibility.

Illustration from the Old Testament – (2 Chron 20)

Illustration from the present day Don Moen – family tragedy. He read Isaiah 43:10 – 21 and God gave him a beautiful song. "God will make a way".