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August 21, 2017

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Reading along with us in 2 Corinthians? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Corinthians 11 (ESV)

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! 2 For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. 5 Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. 6 Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

7 Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. 9 And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. 11 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!… Continue Reading

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  1. Continuing with the same illustration I gave in yesterday’s comment, imagine the “divine jealousy” your now-humbled (maybe) arm would feel if someone else from the neighborhood — someone who does not believe or share the same gospel — begins driving your neighbor to work. And your neighbor is welcoming them, and even choosing to accept their rides rather than yours. And you KNOW this other “minister of the gospel” is sharing their false gospel!

    I’m getting angry thinking about it!

    One person (and one local body of believers!) cannot possibly minister to every single person in the city or state or country or world. But we must be purposeful and intentional to stay engaged with those the Lord has given us.

  2. It is amazing to see how people of the early church are no different then today. Paul had labored with them and preached the truth among them but here they are allowing this false teacher pull them away from the true gospel. We must constantly be on guard against false teaching and always bring teaching back to God’s word validation.

  3. 14And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

  4. The personal nature of this chapter really jumped out at me. How personally Paul shares his concerns and his care and how personally he is aware of what is going on in Corinth. Do we feel for people this deeply and are we willing to confront the issues that are hard?

    It should be no surprise that where there is truth and the work of God, there will be falsehood and the work of the kingdom of darkness. We need to be aware and vigilant and know the truth ourselves.

    It is also significant in verse 17 that Paul sees that he is not saying what God would want him to say with his “foolish” boasting. What this clearly means to me is that all the other times Paul is saying he is writing what God wants him to. It would be very presumptuous for us to say Paul’s letters are inspired if he didn’t think they were. So the fact that he did is a starting point for us to asses by various means that we agree with him that they are inspired.

    And even though Paul’s boasting is foolish, who isn’t moved by the sacrifice he made for the sake of the gospel and for the sake of the church? We have it easy in America…..

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