2 Corinthians 10 Outline
– Paul rebuked the Corinthians for underestimating his authority based on his outward appearance (2 Corinthians 10:1-18)
2 Corinthians 10 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 10:1-6, Paul described the Corinthians thinking that he is timid when present with them but speak in a bold manner in the letter when he is away. Paul hoped that he won’t have to rebuke them when he come to the Corinthians who are worldly. Although Paul is like other human beings and walk in flesh, he is not conformed to the world. Paul is filled with power from the Holy Spirit to overcome every worldly thoughts. After you become a born again Christian, you must get rid of every thought that belongs to the world. If you fully surrender to God, the Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome every kind of sin so that you will be obedient to God’s commandments and walk on the path of righteousness. Paul said he is not afraid of them at all and will surely punish every act of disobedience until they are completely obedient towards God.
In 2 Corinthians 10:7-11, Paul rebuked the Corinthians for looking at the outward appearance. Paul may look unimpressive in his outward appearance but he belongs to Christ just as he is. We should respect each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul said even if he should boast more about their authority, it is God who give them for edifying the believers and not for their destruction. The Corinthians looked down on Paul by saying that he has a weak body although the words in his letter are authoritative. Paul said what he said in the letter, he will also do in deed when they are present at the Corinthian church.
In 2 Corinthians 10:12-18, Paul did not want to compare himself with the worldly people among the Corinthians. The Corinthians regard of themselves highly because they compared themselves among themselves. It is wrong to make comparison among themselves because many of the Corinthian Christians are not spiritual but worldly. It is also wrong make comparison based on outward appearance . God does not judge us based on our outward appearance but based on what is in our hearts. Paul said he will not boast beyond the limit God appointed him because God has given him apostolic authority over the churches including the Corinthian Christians. If only the Corinthian Christians would change and turn back to God, this would increase the growth of the Corinthians church. In addition, the Corinthians church can also involve in building more churches. Paul is not trying to practice authority in another man’s sphere. His real goal is to preach the gospel and evangelize to as many people as possible. If anyone wants to boast, he should boast about God because we will be commended by God one day based on our words and deeds before the judgment seat of Christ on the judgment day.