The Book of 2 Corinthians Bible Study Chapter 10 Part 2

Today’s reading is from 2 Corinthians 10:7-11

v7: The outward appearance: Paul is warning them of their need to be careful. We are not to evaluate or judge things simply by their outward appearance or according to what we can see with our eyes. This is a dangerous thing to do. We need to look at things through a different lens – that lens being the truth of G-d.

  • Again consider: There were people in this congregation, and people who were on the fence as far as their obedience was concerned, who were challenging Paul’s apostleship, his words, his behaviour etc. Paul wanted them to pause and to think again about their profession of faith. As believers we ought to have the same mindset, we need to agree on truth. We need to destroy human argument, and all have the mind of Messiah – seeing things from the right Biblical perspective. 
  • We are Messiahs: Paul was reminding those naysayers who considered themselves to be disciples or followers of Messiah that Paul and those with him were disciples or followers of Messiah too. As such, there should have been a unity between Paul and them. Disunity revealed a problem. Agreeing to disagree is not the solution for disunity. Tolerating falsehood is also not a solution for disunity. It is only through the truth of the uncompromising Word of G-d and genuine faith in Messiah Yeshua that true unity can come about. 

We are called to live in a way that demonstrates our reliance upon G-d. His weapons of warfare are mighty for bringing down strongholds. In this next section Paul speaks to those who are speaking against him. 

v8: Note: Paul, to a certain degree, is again making a defence in this verse. 

  • Boast: This word for boasting is a word that Paul frequently uses. It is a word which alludes to something which shows that which is pleasing. Within the context it is referring to a G-dly pride. It is a rejoicing or a being thankful because of what is going on. It is not the carnal kind of boasting whereby people seek to exalt themselves. 
  • Authority: The word used here in Greek is a unique word. It is a word that implies authority together with power. 
  • The L-rd gave us: ‘Us’ is referring to Paul and those who served with him. 
  • Edification: Building up.
  • Not for destruction (tearing down): Paul’s objective was to build up the Corinthian congregation in the things of G-d, he did not want to tear them down. 
  • I shall not be ashamed: The implication here is that Paul does not need to change his way of dealing with this congregation. He does not need to apologize or do anything different. There is no guilt or embarrassment about how he has acted before or toward them. 

V9: Terrify you by letters: When Paul wrote these letters to them his intention was not to make them afraid. He did not want them to think that he was angry with them or that he wanted to tear them down. These were not the reasons why he wrote these letters to them. 

v10: Note: This verse tells us of an accusation or a criticism levelled against Paul by some within this congregation. 

  • Bodily presence: Referring to Paul’s physical presence with them.
  • Weighty and powerful… is weak: They see a disconnect between the one who writes such things to the way that Paul actually behaves amongst them. 
  • Speech: Paul’s way of speaking to them.
  • Contemptible: Of little value. Some of these people thought Paul’s words had little significance. They did not understand the objective of Paul. When he was with them it was for the purpose of edification (building them up) and it was not a time for destruction or tearing down. That is why, when he was with them, he was meek and gentle. He did not use physical strength, or harsh and demanding words to bring about a change in their midst. Instead, he relied on the Spirit of G-d to touch the people’s hearts to bring about change (spiritual warfare rather than physical warfare). These people were too concerned with the exterior and how things appeared rather than about what was actually going on inwardly. 

v11: Consider: Think about. Be mindful of.

  • Such we will also be: The way Paul wrote, and the way Paul behaved were not incongruent. Whether through the epistles or whether in their presence he was one and the same person. He was committed to the same purpose or objective – which was to edify the body of believers. 

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