Friday, January 15, 2016

2 Corinthians, Day 5 Readings

Suffering to Share the Gospel & The Proof of Self-Examination     

Today's first reading continues Paul's defense of his ministry in Corinth, as opposed to the teachers who followed him.  Paul considers these to be false prophets, not only because they taught different things than he did, but because they convinced the Corinthians to pay their salaries.

In contrast to them, Paul identifies his many sacrifices.  First, he never asked the Corinthian church for money while he was there, but relied on others to cover his expenses. Second, he has suffered many time more.  In comparison to the other teachers and their self-promotion for profit, Paul promotes his own suffering -- including a list of punishments and obstacles.

Read 2 Corinthians 11:1-33  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading is the conclusion of Paul's defense.  After highlighting the reasons why he believes he has been a true evangelist among them, teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul offers a final example.  He encourages the Corinthians to examine themselves.  If they truly have the spirit of Christ (what we would call the Holy Spirit), they will recognize the truth of Paul's teaching and thus the truth to his claims for authority as a teacher against these other so-called teachers.  Ultimately, nothing can hide the truth.

Read 2 Corinthians 13:1-13  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Corinthians 11-13 today.