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2 Corinthians 11:9-14

In 2 Corinthians 11:9-14 Paul continues to school the Corinthians on how they should live as a Christ Follower. They have been missing the boat. “And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.” The other churches Paul “robbed” were in the region of Macedonia, including the Philippian church. Paul thanked them for their generosity. Paul doesn’t want to insist the Corinthians meet the needs of the ministry. Giving should be something a Christ Follower chooses joyfully, which hasn’t happened in Corinth yet.

As a true apostle, Paul could “boast” that he took no money and that he was more interested in the integrity of the message than in his own needs. He was not going to allow anything to stop him from sharing the truth of Jesus. “As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!” Paul’s boasting in his weakness and unimpressive image was an embarrassment to the Corinthian Christians. Why did he embarrass them this way? It was only because he loved them and would find a way to bring them back from their worldly thinking. He’s on a mission to change them and is clear that God knows his motive is pure.

Paul wanted to expose these impostors parading around as apostles as frauds. He was willing to use sarcasm and embarrassing the Corinthian Christians to expose them. Paul would use every tool available to make the truth clear. “And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.” He wasn’t going to debate them face to face but rather expose the fact that these people walking around claiming to be super apostles were nothing close to the way they portrayed themselves and paraded around.

Paul minces no words. He calls them false, deceitful and disguising. These people were not interested in transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. That is what an apostle does – proclaim truth and become more like the master. They talked a great game but had no execution at all. “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.” Paul calls them out and goes further, reminding us that these are the exact tactics the enemy uses in his effort to get us off track. He tries to appear as light but in fact is absolute darkness and his desire is to pull us out of the light into darkness isolated from the gospel of Jesus Christ. “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

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