2 Corinthians 11:1-15

2 Corinthians 11:1-15

I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.

But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things. I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I’m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way.

Was I wrong when I humbled myself and honored you by preaching God’s Good News to you without expecting anything in return? I “robbed” other churches by accepting their contributions so I could serve you at no cost. And when I was with you and didn’t have enough to live on, I did not become a financial burden to anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia brought me all that I needed. I have never been a burden to you, and I never will be. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, no one in all of Greece will ever stop me from boasting about this.11 Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows that I do.

12 But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. 13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.

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The Corinthians must have been a study in humanness.  Everything we can do to dilute the Gospel, they had already done it.  What Paul is referring to here is their tendency to believe the last person they heard teach.  “They put up with whatever anyone told them” (verse 4).

They end up with differing views of Jesus’, a variety of ideas on the Holy Spirits, and many opinions of what the Gospel is all about.  Today is a repeat o Acts 17:21 still at work–“all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.”

Paul says this is the work of Satan and his “angels of light.”  He is still at work in this way.  Our cry must be “sola scriptura!  Scripture only!

 
 
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