I. Introduction: This sermon is one that could easily be taken to an extreme one way or the other. So please, measure the Scriptures herein carefully (II Peter 3:15-18).
A. It is NOT my goal in this lesson to suggest that messengers should not be examined (Matthew 7:15-20).
- A teacher must live what he teaches (I Timothy 4:13-16).
- Part of teaching is living as an example (Titus 2:1-8).
- To know whom we are in fellowship with, we must know that person is in walking in such a way to be in fellowship with Christ (I John 1:3-7).
- At least as much as is possible on our parts (I Timothy 5:24-25).
II. Body: The Saints In Corinth Went To Both Extremes In Looking At The Messenger (I Corinthians 1:10-13 and II Corinthians 13:1-10).
A. The congregation in Corinth had some members that wrongfully examined Paul (I Corinthians 9:1-16 and II Corinthians 10:1-18).
- With this state of mind, they would easily follow the wrong men into error (II Corinthians 11:1-4; 11:12-15).
- They failed to see how much Paul cared for them and they abused him because of that (II Corinthians 12:11-15).
- The messenger cannot be exalted above the message (I Corinthians 4:1-6).
- Think about John’s wisdom in not allowing himself to stand in the way of Christ (John 3:22-31).
- Hypocrisy doesn’t nullify the truth (Matthew 23:1-5).
- Do not receive the word of God as it is the words of the person delivering it (I Thessalonians 2:13).
- God has used a donkey to rebuke one in error (II Peter 2:15-16; cf. Numbers 22:1-34).
- Furthermore, even a hypocrite can correct themselves so that he or she can then correct another (Matthew 7:1-5).
III. Conclusion: The true treasure is the Gospel, those who faithfully teach it are just the earthen vessels that carry it (II Corinthians 4:7).
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