Affections (2 Cor. 6:12)

“There is no restriction

On our affections,

But only in yours.”

οὐ στενοχωρεῖσθε ἐν ἡμῖν, στενοχωρεῖσθε δὲ ἐν τοῖς σπλάγχνοις ὑμῶν·

Paul said that there was no restriction (οὐ στενοχωρεῖσθε) on his (ἐν ἡμῖν) affections (δὲ ἐν τοῖς σπλάγχνοις) for them, but only a restriction (στενοχωρεῖσθε) on their part (ὑμῶν).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word στενοχωρεῖσθε, that means to be made narrow, to compress, press upon, cramp, or restrain.  Paul said that he loved the Corinthians.  He put no restrictions on his affections for them.  However, they seemed to not reciprocate.  They were the ones putting restrictions on their affections for him.  He had not caused this rift between him and them.  They were the ones who caused this problem.  Who causes problems in your life?

Justification by Faith

Faith is the response of the total self, the mind, will and affections.  Being justified is a personal phenomenon.  Service and love are more important than right beliefs and sound doctrine.  You do your own believing.  God transforms the heart and you experience God’s love.  Good works are a correlation to faith.  Protestants love the apostle Paul.  They have a tendency to over emphasis the written Bible with an emphasis on private religious experience.  Diversity is good, since most Protestant groups have broken off from another Protestant group or from the Roman Catholic Church.  In a certain sense heretical or diverse views are expected rather than one orthodox single view.