Vs. 1, “As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” For the past five chapters, Paul has been defending himself…now he implores them to not just hear the message and do nothing about it. He reminds us from Isaiah in vs. 2, that we need always to have a sense of urgency. Complancency is such a huge enemy for the Christian walk. Paul goes on to share some of the battles he fought and the things he gained in his ministry! But something else was amiss too. Not only were the Corinthian Christians failing in their walk, they were now meshed with the world.
Regarding application…Unequally Yoked. Vs. 14, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness.” The Corinthian Christians were aligning themselves with the world. It is a basic principle that opposites cannot fellowship together. Notice the series of contrasts here…righteousness/unrighteousness, light/darkness, Christ/Belial (an OT name for Satan), believer/unbeliever, temple of God/idols. The attitude of too many Christians today is that the church should compromise for the world in order to win it. Brothers & Sisters in Chirst…Nothing could be further from the truth! There must be separation from the dark world…this does not mean isolation…but it means keeping ourselves from the ones that can drag us down. For example…It is fine for the ship to be in the water, but when water gets into the ship you are in trouble!