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2 Corinthians 11:16-33 How Do I Measure Up

This list was for the readers. God sees the heart and that is what matters.

Paul continues to contend with his readers over their acceptance of false teachers. “Why do you let them treat you this way?” Paul didn’t like going to this level with his readers. He would much rather stay in the meat of the word but their acceptance of these false teachers required him to address them this way.

When Paul was with the Corinthians he spoke gently to them. He wasn’t a “Hell fire and brimstone” preacher. He shared God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ. He didn’t put heavy burdens on the believers, spiritually or physically. But they welcomed those who came after him that did just that!

I can hear Paul crying out, “Why?! Why is it you forsake the teaching I brought you for those who would abuse you? Ok. You want to compare scars and evidence of devotion. Here is my list…”

Paul uses a bullet point list. He doesn’t even go into detail. It would take him more time than he had to break down all that he had really suffered. We know for certain that he wasn’t the only apostle who suffered greatly but his appears to be recorded better. And at the time of this writing he hadn’t even been imprisoned for years, uncharged, yet. Read more »