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21 December, 2015

Search The Scriptures —Study 11 — 2 Corinthians 11:1-21a

Study 11 From The Book of 2 Corinthians Is: 2 Corinthians 11:1-21a

1.      Why was Paul so concerned for the Corinthian Christians? See verses 1-4, and cf. Gal. 1:6-10. On what two grounds was he amazed that they should so readily tolerate these false teachers? See verse 4 and verses 19 and 20.  But, see also verses 13-15.  What warning for our won day can be drawn from what Paul says about the false teachers, their methods, and their message?  Is ‘another Jesus’ preached today?
2.      In what ways does Paul distinguish his own way of life while at Corinth from that of the ‘false apostles? Have you learnt anything new about Paul’s character from this passage?
Notes
  1. Verse 5. An ironical reference to the intruders at Corinth who exalted themselves so highly.
  2. Verse 7-12.  Paul refused to take money from the church in Corinth, and says that he will continue to refuse, one reason being that his enemies who, it is implied, did receive support from the church, would have liked to see Paul doing the same.
  3. Verse 16. Paul feels ashamed to be engaged in self-praise; but in the circumstances he can do no other. Cf. 12:11. He will do even this for the Church’s sake. It is to be ordered noted, however, that he speaks less of what he has done than of what he has suffered. Cf. verse 30.