Bible: 2 Cor 10:1-13

Paul’s Authority from the Lord

10:1 Now I, Paul, appeal to you 1  personally 2  by the meekness and gentleness 3  of Christ (I who am meek 4  when present among 5  you, but am full of courage 6  toward you when away!) – 10:2 now I ask that when I am present I may not have to be bold with the confidence that (I expect) I will dare to use against some who consider us to be behaving 7  according to human standards. 8  10:3 For though we live 9  as human beings, 10  we do not wage war according to human standards, 11  10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, 12  but are made powerful by God 13  for tearing down strongholds. 14  We tear down arguments 15  10:5 and every arrogant obstacle 16  that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey 17  Christ. 10:6 We are also ready to punish every act of disobedience, 18  whenever your obedience is complete. 10:7 You are looking at outward appearances. 19  If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should reflect on this again: Just as he himself belongs to Christ, so too do we. 10:8 For if I boast somewhat more about our authority that the Lord gave us 20  for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of doing so. 21  10:9 I do not want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters, 10:10 because some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is weak 22  and his speech is of no account.” 23  10:11 Let such a person consider this: What we say 24  by letters when we are absent, we also are in actions when we are present.

Paul’s Mission

10:12 For we would not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who recommend themselves. But when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 25  10:13 But we will not boast beyond certain limits, 26  but will confine our boasting 27  according to the limits of the work to which God has appointed us, 28  that reaches even as far as you.

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