Chapter 11 verses 1 to 15

Chapter 11 verses 1 to 15Thursday 11th May 2017

Posted by Neil Todman

Read 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

In the face of renewed criticism, Paul defends his ministry saying he will fight back with the power of the gospel (chapter 10 verses 1 to 6) and with unwavering loyalty to the cause of Christ his Lord (chapter 10 verses 7 to 18).

In chapter 11 Paul moves from defence to offense! Verse 12 says that he wants to cut the ground from under those who would claim for themselves the same apostolic authority Christ had given to him.  To do so, he levels three serious charges against them.

  1. His critics work for Satan not Christ- v.2-3, v.13-15

Paul works for Christ.  Throughout the letters to the Corinthians it is clear Paul loves this church like a father loves his child.  In verse 2 he says he acts like a father trying to stop his teenage daughter breaking off her engagement and running off with an unworthy man.  He is jealous for the honour of this church.  He wants them to be totally devoted to Jesus, wholly His. 

But just as Satan deceived Eve, so Paul says these so-called super apostles are deceiving the Corinthians.  Just as Satan in the Garden seemed to be offering something better than the life God promised, so Paul says these men are servants of the evil one, drawing the Corinthians away from the true life God promised through Christ.

  1. His critics wanted adulation not Christ- v.4-6

Paul’s critics prided themselves on the power of their public speaking.  They gained adulation from the quality of their performance.  As an untrained speaker, Paul’s speeches may have been less impressive, but at the heart of what he said was the gospel and the glory of Jesus.  These other men were distorting the gospel message by glorifying themselves.

  1. His critics loved money not Christ- v.7-11

Paul’s critics measured success in part by how much someone was paid. They loved money. Paul, out of love for Christ and the Corinthians, did not ask for money when he preached the gospel, but lived from the gifts he had collected from the Macedonian churches.

Reflection

God wants all of us to have a pure devotion to Christ. Confess any areas of your life where you have been straying from Him.