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THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS
Greetings once more, and welcome back to
Daily Bread. There are times in
all of our lives when we just have to let off a little steam, and that was
no different for Paul either. In this chapter, Paul begins with a word of
caution about false apostles, because he knows that from our hereditary
inclination to sin, we need reminders ... Repeatedly. Then he takes the
opportunity to do some rightly deserved bragging, along with some
constructive criticism for those Corinthians who remain apprehensive to
accept his authority as an Apostle. Remember, that this letter, although it
has a lot of recall about the people of Corinth being led astray by rumors,
itís main objective was to be sort of a thank you note to those who repented
after they were led back to the TRUTH. But as in every congregation, there
will remain a few skeptics who need admonition above and beyond the
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I wish to God that you bear with me a little in my folly:
that comes preaches another Jesus,
and indeed bear with me.
For I am protective over you with godly jealousy:
for I have espoused you to one husband,
that I may present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
But I fear, lest by any means,
as the serpent deceived Eve through his craftiness,
that your minds might become corrupted from the pureness
that is in Christ.
whom we have not preached,
or if you receive a different spirit,
which you have not received,
or another gospel,
which you have not accepted,
you might well be influenced by
he and the
him in this last
verse, is referring to false prophets, false apostles, false witnesses ...
Anyone who is preaching anything other than the true Gospel.
For I believe I was not the least bit inferior to the very chiefest
But though I am plain in speech, yet not in knowledge;
we have been made completely clear among you in all
You have to smile when you read Paulís frankness. Basically, he just
said, Hey, I rank right up there with all the top Apostles. And I may not
talk with pretty words, but Iím no dummy, and we never hid anything from
Have I committed an offence in humbling myself so that you might be exalted,
because I have preached to you the Gospel of God freely?
I even robbed other churches, taking wages from them, to do you service.
And when I was present with you, and in need of things,
I was an expense to no one:
and whatever I needed,
the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied:
and in all things I have kept myself from costing you
and I will remain that way.
As the truth of Christ is in me,
no man shall stop me from boasting about this in the
regions of Achaia.
Why? Because I donít love you? God knows I do.
But whatever I do,
I do, so that I may take away opportunity from them which
that in whatever they glory, they may be found even as we.
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This is a really admirable way of thinking that Paul just shared. Paul
felt it was so important that he was no trouble to anyone, that he even
thought that taking money from other churches for his ministry, was
robbery (though all churches are one body in Christ). Another thing that Paul points out is that evil just canít wait for
an opportunity to do itís work. However, if the opportunity never arises, it
canít do anything. So, if evil works through people, and we do things that
can prevent it from occurring, then, the person who it may have worked
through, is saved from doing evil. But, we have to be one step ahead of evil,
because it camouflages itself sometimes in things that we donít expect, as
For this is the manner of false apostles, deceitful
disguising themselves as the Apostles of Christ.
And thatís no surprise, because even Satan himself,
changes himself into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also
are transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works.
Now, this is the part where Paul does a little boasting, and watch out,
because he can be very candid.
I say again, Let no man think Iím a fool;
but if anyone thinks differently, still,
as a fool tolerate me, that I may boast myself a little.
In other words, Paul says, Iím no fool, but even if you think I am, humor
me anyway while I brag a bit!
That which I speak,
I speak it not after the Lord,
but as it were foolishly,
in this confidence of boasting.
Paul always makes it clear whenever he wants you to know that this isnít
a commandment of the Lord, and it is his own opinion.
Being that many people take pride in the flesh,
Iíll speak proudly too.
Because you allow fools gladly,
seeing you yourselves are wise.
Very clever of Paul. Heís saying, Since you allow fools to convince you
of things so readily, Hey, Iíll be a fool for you, being that youíre so
Now, hereís the constructive criticism part:
as if we were
You allow it, if a man brings you into bondage,
if a man devours you, if a man captures you,
if a man exalts himself over you,
if a man smite you on the face.
This is shameful,
And hereís the bragging part: In short, Paul is saying, If you believe in
these people who are imposters of the Gospel, look at my credentials, am I
not worth believing?
Nevertheless wherever anyone is bold,
(I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
Are they Hebrews? so am I.
Are they Israelites? so am I.
Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
Are they ministers of Christ?
(I speak as a fool) I am more;
in labors more abundant,
in stripes above measure,
in prisons more frequent,
in the grips of death often.
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Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one (the Jews were not
allowed to exceed 40 stripes or strokes with a whip so it was a common
practice to stop at 39 so as not to exceed it).
Three times I was beaten with rods,
once I was stoned,
three times I suffered shipwreck,
a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeyings often (through several countries to preach the Gospel),
in perils of waters,
in perils of robbers,
in perils by mine own countrymen,
in perils by the heathen,
in perils in the city,
in perils in the wilderness,
in perils in the sea,
in perils among false brethren;
in weariness and painfulness,
in sleeplessness often,
in hunger and thirst,
in fastings often,
in cold and unclothed.
In addition to other things as well that haven't been
things which I deal with daily,
I also take care of all the churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak (who
suffered for the churches as I have)?
Who is offended, without my grieving?
If itís necessary for me to be prideful,
I will be prideful of the things which concern my
Paul explains more about those last few lines in the next chapter, so
keep a look out for the reason why heís proud of his weaknesses.
And if all those qualifications arenít quite impressive enough, Paul
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which is blessed for evermore,
knows that Iím not lying.
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king
assigned military troops in the city, seeking to arrest
And through a window in a basket I was let down by the wall,
and escaped his hands.
If enduring persecution is any indication of a personís worthiness to be
credible as a servant of Jesus Christ, Paul would certainly have to be among
the most worthy ever. Hurry back soon, as we continue on with our study of
this second letter from Paul to the Corinthians, right here at Daily Bread.
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