2 Corinthians 11* The apostle gives the reasons for speaking in his owncommendation. (1-14) Shows that he had freely preached thegospel. (5-15) Explains what he was going to add in defence ofhis own character. (16-21) He gives an account of his labours,cares, sufferings, dangers, and deliverances. (22-33)1-4 The apostle desired to preserve the Corinthians from beingcorrupted by the false apostles. There is but one Jesus, oneSpirit, and one gospel, to be preached to them, and received bythem; and why should any be prejudiced, by the devices of anadversary, against him who first taught them in faith? Theyshould not listen to men, who, without cause, would draw themaway from those who were the means of their conversion. 5-15 It is far better to be plain in speech, yet walking openlyand consistently with the gospel, than to be admired bythousands, and be lifted up in pride, so as to disgrace thegospel by evil tempers and unholy lives. The apostle would notgive room for any to accuse him of worldly designs in preachingthe gospel, that others who opposed him at Corinth, might not inthis respect gain advantage against him. Hypocrisy may be lookedfor, especially when we consider the great power which Satan,who rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience, hasupon the minds of many. And as there are temptations to evilconduct, so there is equal danger on the other side. It servesSatan's purposes as well, to set up good works against theatonement of Christ, and salvation by faith and grace. But theend will discover those who are deceitful workers; their workwill end in ruin. Satan will allow his ministers to preacheither the law or the gospel separately; but the law asestablished by faith in Christ's righteousness and atonement,and the partaking of his Spirit, is the test of every falsesystem. 16-21 It is the duty and practice of Christians to humblethemselves, in obedience to the command and example of the Lord;yet prudence must direct in what it is needful to do thingswhich we may do lawfully, even the speaking of what God haswrought for us, and in us, and by us. Doubtless here isreference to facts in which the character of the false apostleshad been shown. It is astonishing to see how such men bringtheir followers into bondage, and how they take from them andinsult them. 22-33 The apostle gives an account of his labours andsufferings; not out of pride or vain-glory, but to the honour ofGod, who enabled him to do and suffer so much for the cause ofChrist; and shows wherein he excelled the false apostles, whotried to lessen his character and usefulness. It astonishes usto reflect on this account of his dangers, hardships, andsufferings, and to observe his patience, perseverance,diligence, cheerfulness, and usefulness, in the midst of allthese trials. See what little reason we have to love the pompand plenty of this world, when this blessed apostle felt so muchhardship in it. Our utmost diligence and services appearunworthy of notice when compared with his, and our difficultiesand trials scarcely can be perceived. It may well lead us toinquire whether or not we really are followers of Christ. Herewe may study patience, courage, and firm trust in God. Here wemay learn to think less of ourselves; and we should everstrictly keep to truth, as in God's presence; and should referall to his glory, as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who isblessed for evermore.
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