2 Corinthians 10* The apostle states his authority with meekness and humility.(1-6) Reasons with the Corinthians. (7-11) Seeks the glory ofGod, and to be approved of him. (12-18)1-6 While others thought meanly, and spake scornfully of theapostle, he had low thoughts, and spake humbly of himself. Weshould be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly ofourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministryis a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritualpurposes. Outward force is not the method of the gospel, butstrong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness ofwisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only; and people mustbe persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thusthe weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence oftruth is convincing. What opposition is made against the gospel,by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observethe conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, howeverfeeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And thepreaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has alwaysbeen fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness. 7-11 In outward appearance, Paul was mean and despised in theeyes of some, but this was a false rule to judge by. We must notthink that none outward appearance, as if the want of suchthings proved a man not to be a real Christian, or an able,faithful minister of the lowly Saviour. 12-18 If we would compare ourselves with others who excel us,this would be a good method to keep us humble. The apostle fixesa good rule for his conduct; namely, not to boast of thingswithout his measure, which was the measure God had distributedto him. There is not a more fruitful source of error, than tojudge of persons and opinions by our own prejudices. How commonis it for persons to judge of their own religious character, bythe opinions and maxims of the world around them! But howdifferent is the rule of God's word! And of all flattery,self-flattery is the worst. Therefore, instead of praisingourselves, we should strive to approve ourselves to God. In aword, let us glory in the Lord our salvation, and in all otherthings only as evidences of his love, or means of promoting hisglory. Instead of praising ourselves, or seeking the praise ofmen, let us desire that honour which cometh from God only.
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