What is a “concord?”


by Shawn Brasseaux

Second Corinthians 6:15: “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”

We figure out the definition of “concord” by recognizing the parallelism and contrasts in this portion of Scripture:

“[14] Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…”

  • “…what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?” (verse 14)
  • “…what communion hath light with darkness?” (verse 14)
  • “…what concord hath Christ with Belial?” (verse 15)
  • “…what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (verse 15)
  • “…what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?” (verse 16)

“[16] … for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

The five contrasting statements in verses 14-16 give ample reasons why we believers should not be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” Righteousness and unrighteousness are incompatible, nullifying or canceling each other. Light and darkness are diametrically opposed, also canceling one another. Christ [not just Jesus Christ, but us, the Church the Body of Christ; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13,27] and Belial [Satan, the personification of all that is worthless or profitless] do not fellowship; they are contrary to each other too. Believers and infidels (unbelievers) cannot mix. The temple of God (believers’ bodies; 2 Corinthians 6:16; also, 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19) is unharmonious with idols.

In verses 14-16, we can see these five near-synonyms: “fellowship,” “communion,” “concord,” “part,” “agreement.” When you notice “concord,” think of such terms as “concordance” (harmony) and “concordant” (agreeable). It is impossible for agreement, harmony, union, between… righteousness and unrighteousness, light and darkness, Christ and Belial (Satan, worthlessness), believers and infidels (unbelievers), and the temple of God (Christian’s body) and idols. For more information about sound Bible doctrine, you are strongly encouraged to consider our studies linked below.

Also see:
» Who or what is “Belial?”
» Did Paul quote verses out of context in 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1?
» What is “secondary separation?”
» Can you explain “reproof” and “reprove?”
» Does doctrine really matter?
» How can false teachers sleep at night?
» Should we pray with people of various denominations?
» Should we hate the denominational people who misled us?
» Must one be a “King James Bible Pauline dispensationalist” to have eternal life?