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2016 October 3
Man with the Blue Sleeve (c. 1510)
Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1488/1490 - 1576)
Italian Renaissance Style
National Gallery, London, England, United Kingdom
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art
Explanation: In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul speaks to the Corinthians in the spirit of meekness and gentleness which Christ embodied. He asks that they correct some problems among themselves lest he be forced to come to them in a bold manner with spiritual weapons of warfare which have divine power to destroy strongholds, and arguments, and every lofty opinion which is raised against the knowledge of God. God's power is able to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and it punishes disobedience (1-6).
He and his fellow ministers belong to Christ, just as the Corinthians do. They do not boast in themselves; rather, they boast in the ministry of edification which they have among the Corinthians. He does not want to frighten them with his letters, which they say are weighty and powerful, though his bodily presence is weak. But he warns them that when he comes to them he will be in person as he is in his letters. Nevertheless, he does not commend himself nor does he compare himself with others (7-12). He will boast only in the fact that he was the first to reach them with the Gospel, and he hopes that his spiritual influence among them will be increased when he is with them. He exhorts those who boast to boast in the Lord because it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends (13-18).
[Sermons: William Taylor. Sinclair B Ferguson. Various. ]
[Illustration: Today's image depicts a man with an arrogant look. Arrogance was a problem among the Corinthians, and several fruits of this attitude are mentioned in today's chapter -- commending themselves (v. 12), comparing themselves with one another (v. 12), and boasting (v. 17). ]
[THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES:
2 Corinthians 10:1-6: Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Ephesians 4:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Philemon 1:8-14; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 4:14-21; Galatians 1:13-14; Ephesians 6:10-17; Philippians 1:12-18; Colossians 2:20-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.
2 Corinthians 10:7-12: Romans 1:1-7; Romans 15:14-21; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 1 Corinthians 3:18-23; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Ephesians 3:1-13; Philippians 1:12-18; Colossians 1:24 - 2:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8.
2 Corinthians 10:13-18: Romans 3:27-31; Romans 15:14-21; 1 Corinthians 3:5-9; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 1 Corinthians 4:14-21; Galatians 2:1-10. ]
NOTE: The parallels above are based in a very small part on my own research but principally on the following sources:
Fred O Francis and J. Paul Sampley, Pauline Parallels, Second Edition. (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 1984).
Most of the material on Hebrews is from an online article titled Pauline parallels in Hebrews taken from Charles H. Welch and Stuart Allen Welch, Perfection Or Perdition? An Exposition Of The Epistle To The Hebrews, (London: Berean Publishing Trust, 1973). ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***
2 Corinthians 10
4. Paul's Blessings in Christ (2 Corinthians 10:1 - 2 Corinthians 13:14) - 55 A.D. Philippi
1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
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