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2016 October 4

Holy Rus (1901-1906)
Mikhail Nesterov (1862-1942)
Russian Symbolism Style
Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Image Source: Wikimedia

     Explanation: In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul asks the Corinthians to bear with him because he brought them to Christ and presented them as a pure virgin to him. However, he was afraid that Satan had beguiled them as he beguiled Eve. They have shown a willingness to receive a different kind of Jesus, a different kind of Spirit, and a different kind of gospel. Instead, they should receive what Paul preached, because Paul, though unskilled in speech, was not unskilled in knowledge, and his knowledge was equal to the super-apostles (1-6).
     He reminds them that he was humble among them so that they might be exalted. He even took support money from other churches so that they would not have to supply his needs. He will continue to do so because he loves them (7-11).
     False apostles came to them. They were deceivers who disguised themselves as apostles of Christ. But even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, so it is no wonder that his servants disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. And their end will correspond to their deeds (12-15).
     Since some think he is a fool, Paul will speak as a boastful fool. They bear with those who abuse them, so he asks them to bear with him while he "boasts" (16-20).
     He critiques the claims of the false apostles by saying that, like them, he is a Hebrew, an Israelite, an offspring of Abraham, and a servant of Christ. But his labors were greater, his imprisonments were more frequent, and his beatings and stonings were frequent. He was shipwrecked. His journeys were frequent. He was in danger from rivers, thieves, his own people, and Gentiles. He was in danger in the city, in the wilderness, and from false brothers. He suffered toil and hardship, sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure. Besides this, the care of all the churches was upon him. He empathized with the sufferings of others, feeling as they felt (21-29).
     He says, therefore, that if he must boast, he will boast in those things which show his weakness. In Damascus he had to escape the governor by being let down in a basket through a window in the wall (30-33).
     [Sermons: Sinclair B Ferguson. J C Ryle. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's image depicts the ideal of individuals within a nation (Russia, in this case) being the people of God or the Kingdom of Christ on earth. In today's chapter, Paul reminds his readers that it was to such a calling that they first converted, and he asks them to return to that calling. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 2 Corinthians 11:1-6: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Galatians 1:6-12; Ephesians 5:21 - 6:9. 2 Corinthians 11:7-11: 1 Corinthians 4:8-13; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14; 1 Corinthians 9:15-18; Philippians 4:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13. 2 Corinthians 11:12-15: Romans 16:17-20a; 1 Corinthians 9:15-18; Galatians 1:6-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. 2 Corinthians 11:16-21a: Romans 1:18-23; Romans 3:27-31; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 1 Corinthians 4:8-13; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. 2 Corinthians 11:21b-29: Romans 8:31-39; 1 Corinthians 4:8-13; Romans 2:17-24; Romans 3:27-31; Romans 9:1-5; Romans 11:1-6; Philippians 3:2-11; Philippians 4:10-20; Colossians 1:24 - 2:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5. 2 Corinthians 11:30-33: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Galatians 1:15-24. ]
     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. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

2 Corinthians 11

4. Paul's Blessings in Christ (2 Corinthians 10:1 - 2 Corinthians 13:14) - 55 A.D. Philippi

     1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
     7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? 8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service. 9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
     12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
     16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. 17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. 18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. 20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
     21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. 22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
     30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore [into the eons], knoweth that I lie not. 32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

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