Chapter 10 verses 7 to 18

Chapter 10 verses 7 to 18Wednesday 10th May 2017

Posted by Neil Todman

Read 2 Corinthians 10:7-18

Once again, critics in Corinth were challenging both the style and the substance of Paul’s ministry. Having thought these issues had been laid to rest (see chapter 7 verses 6 and 7) a new group of so-called “super apostles” had arrived in Corinth and were rubbing salt into re-opened wounds.  In these verses, Paul explains five foundational principles that underpinned all of his work for Jesus.

  1. Confident in Christ- v.7-8

Paul wants to remind the Corinthians that he belongs to Christ in the special apostolic way his critics were so quick to claim for themselves.  Paul’s authority to deal with these persistent difficulties in Corinth comes from his confidence that he is doing the work that the Lord gave to him to build the church up.

  1. Consistent in ministry- v.9-11

Paul’s detractors attacked his style.  They said there was a gulf between the force of his letters and the weakness of his rhetoric.  Paul instead said those in Corinth could expect another painful visit if they would not repent in response to his writing.  He would be consistent in his approach to their sin.

  1. (No!) Comparison with others- v.12-15

Paul says that comparing our lives with others is foolish.  Claiming their work as our own is wrong.  His critics did both these things.  Instead Paul says we should delight in the work God has entrusted to us.  We can then boast in the work we see Jesus doing in other’s lives, as Paul did (see chapter 7 verse 14).

  1. Continuation in mission- v.15-16

Paul’s motivation in reconciling with the Corinthians is not just a matter of harmony among the Christian family, but to open the possibility of further mission beyond Corinth.  He wants to use the church there as a launch pad for the gospel, as he boldly goes were no man had gone before with the Good News about Jesus.

  1. Commended by Christ- v.17-18

Paul will only boast in Christ.  He is living for the Lord’s final commendation of his life, and to hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

 

Reflection

Think about the work Jesus wants you to do for him.  Are your foundations the same as Paul’s?