HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

August 11/2Corinthians 10

There is an abrupt change of tone in this letter here in Chapter 10 and the question is why? I am going to let Jon Courson answer that question. His answer seems reasonable to me.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 10, we come to the beginning of what many scholars believe is the letter to which Paul referred in 2 Corinthians 2:4 and 7:8. You see, chapters 1–6 of 2 Corinthians constitute Paul’s defense of his apostolic authority that had been questioned by some in Corinth. Then, in chapters 7 and 8, he deals with the subject of giving—a section he ended by saying, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.”
At this point, it seems as though Paul is closing his letter. He’s defended his ministry, he’s given the Corinthians an exhortation about giving, and he’s made a closing statement. So as you follow the flow of this letter, it seems as though this should be the end of the Epistle. But it’s not. There are four more chapters. And the interesting thing about these final four chapters is that Paul doesn’t pull any punches, but instead comes down on the Corinthians rather aggressively. And this is what perplexes scholars and students. Why would he end the letter this way? After all, any preacher, teacher, or pastor knows the time to get in people’s faces is not following an exhortation to give.
The answer could possibly lie in the fact that 2 Corinthians 10–13 actually constitutes a different book altogether—the letter that caused Paul such sorrow and anguish (2 Corinthians 2:4; 7:8). If this be the case, 2 Corinthians would be comprised of chapters 10–13, and “3 Corinthians” would be comprised of chapters 1–9. The possibility that at some point 2 and “3” Corinthians were inadvertently combined seems to explain both the missing Epistle and the reason for the heaviness of chapters 10–13.
Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (pp. 1139–1140). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Verses 1-2 > That above reason maybe right or not. It could be that Paul just decided to address those who said that he couldn’t be trusted and that his ministry was not valid. Paul never defends himself. He does defend the ministry that God called him to. This is a good example for us to follow when we are criticized. Don’t defend yourself listen to the person. They may have a valid criticism. Hear them out and then address the concern. Do it with love and gentleness. If you are at fault admit it if not explain what led to your actions or speech. Proverbs says that a gentle answer turns away wrath. But not always. Not everything will get solved to your liking or theirs, but one can hope.
Verses 3-6 > the battle with people is a spiritual battle. Remember in Eph.6 that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against the spirits behind the criticism and fault finding. If it wasn’t for the influence of Satan and his demons the world would be a much better place to live. The weapons that Christ gives us to use in our spiritual battles are prayer, the word of God, the armor of God, the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us.
There are walls of resistance in the minds of people, mental walls, that must be pulled down so that they can understand the truth. These walls include human reasoning that opposes the truth of God’s word, a know it all attitude, believing lies, etc. Atheism and evolution are human reasoning that is opposed to the truth of God. These are strong holds that the enemy has on people. Paul’s attitude of humility was a strong weapon. Pride plays right into the hand of the enemy.
When I pray for people I ask the Lord to tear down the walls of wrong thinking that have been built up in their minds so that the truth of God’s word can be sent in and received and believed. I ask the Lord to take their thoughts captive to obey Jesus. The body goes where the mind has already been. I believe this is what happened to Paul on the way to Damascus in Acts 9. God tore down his wrong thinking, his mental walls, the stronghold that the enemy had built in his mind. He thought he was doing a God a favor by persecuting Christians. But God made him realize he was really persecuting Jesus who is God. When Paul received the truth he then walked in obedience to the Lord. The Lord did it all probably because people were praying for Paul. When we pray it allows God to do it all! When you read Paul’s letters he is always asking for prayer because he knows the power of God.
Begin to pray for people in this regard and see what God will do in their lives and your own life.
Verse 12 > Do yourself and others a favor by not comparing yourself to other people. When you do this usually on of two things will happen. You will either get down on yourself and become frustrated because you don’t measure up or you will pat yourself on the back and become puffed up with pride because you view yourself as better than them. Neither one of these things is the character of Jesus. Devote yourself to what God has called you to do and with the power of the Holy Spirit do all that you can to please him.
After church one Sunday someone asked me if I had the desire to pastor a church with a much larger congregation. I said no, I know that the Lord wants me here at Hilltop and with that I am satisfied.
Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The compliant lodged aginst Paul was that his words and presentation were ineffective in person. If that were true why was Paul repeatedly beaten and thrown in jail when he spoke. I suspect that someone in the Corinthian church had jelousy issues. Paul finishes up this chapter with the statement that he will not boast of his accomplishments but God’s use of him. Our job is to let incorrect accusations flow off our back and keep being used.