August 12/2Corinthians 11

“You have ten thousand instructors, but not many fathers,” Paul had told the Corinthians (see 1 Corinthians 4:15). In chapter 11, we see the heart of a father in Paul—his jealousy for the Corinthians in verses 1–4, his generosity toward them in verses 5–11, and his anxiety about them in verses 12–28.
Just like in Galatia there were Jewish teachers that came in to Corinth to undermine the work that Paul had done there. The taught faith in Jesus plus keeping all of the Jewish laws in order to be saved. They apparently told the people that Paul wasn’t a real apostle because he had no degrees behind his name. He doesn’t really know what he is talking about because if he did he would have charged you to hear him speak. He doesn’t really care for you like we do that is why he didn’t tell you the whole truth. They used anything they could think of to put Paul down and steal his people. So Paul uses a little sarcasm but mostly real facts on why his ministry to them was from God and for their benefit and not for his benefit. He gave of himself totally for them so that they might have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. He had to resort to a little boasting just to prove how much he had cared for them; hoping that by doing this they would come to their senses and see the truth of the gospel and the deceit of these other ‘Super Apostles’. Paul truly had a heart for these people! O that I might take care of you Hilltop like Paul took care of the churches he planted. O to have a Father’s heart like Paul!
I believe the last verse opens up our understanding of this whole chapter.
Verse 33 > I had to be lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape from him.
Let’s never take for granted the sacrifices others have made so that we might enjoy the Gospel of Jesus Christ today.
In the early 1500’s in England only scholars could read God’s Word. The only legal Bible was in Latin which most of the common people couldn’t understand. Since they couldn’t read it they had to rely on what others told them. William Tyndale began to translate the Bible into English. He was told by the Doctor of Divinity that English was a vulgar language fine for plowmen and shop keepers but hardly suitable for the Bible. Tyndale’s response was, “I intend to make it possible for a common farmer, a plowman, to know more of the Scripture than you do!”
It was illegal to own an English Bible or even memorize scripture in English. In 1519 seven Christians were burned at the stake in Coventry, England for teaching their children the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments in English!
In 1526 Tyndale’s English New Testament was smuggled into England in bales of cotton and containers of wheat. People would often sit up all night reading them or having them read to them. People began discovering they could have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ! Anyone caught with these bibles faced persecution. Prisons were overflowing and thousands of Christians were executed!
Tyndale was imprisoned for eighteen months near Brussels, Belgium. During his stay the jailer, the jailers daughter and others of his household accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior! On October 6, 1536, Tyndale was taken from prison and strangled and his body burned. His last words were a fervent prayer: “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” God honored Tyndale’s prayer. Within three years, the King of England gave instructions that a copy of the “Great Bible” completed by Tyndale’s co-worker Miles Coverdale, including Tyndale’s New Testament be placed in every church n England!
What if these courageous men and women had not taken a stand for making God’s Word available to everyone? Would we be Christians today?
I summarized this story from the book, “Jesus Freaks”
 Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Paul had better credentials both as a Christian and as a jew than the “Super Apostles”. He was a pharasie and had a direct revelation ftom Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul was very depriciating about his accomplishments to highlight God’s accomplushments. The religious system always wants to keep power by limiting the people’s understanding. Our job, like Paul’s, is to spread the gospel so that others will understand without bogging the gospel down with legalism.