2 Corinthians 11 Outline
– Paul rebuke the false apostles among the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 11:1-15)
– Paul boasts about the things that show his weaknesses (2 Corinthians 11:16-33)
2 Corinthians 11 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 11:1-6, Paul said that the Corinthians had been deceived and led astray by someone who preach a false gospel. Paul may not be a trained speaker but he is knowledgeable and able to discern between real and false prophets. We must not simply accept every gospel that people preach. The bible is the word of God, what God wants to tell us. It is important that you read the bible so that you have knowledge about the truth and don’t have to listen to what others say.
In 2 Corinthians 11:7-12, Paul had never taken anything from the Corinthian church when he preach to them but all his needs are supplied by the Macedonian church. Paul said he will not stop exposing the false prophets until they repent and turn back to God because he loved them.
In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul plainly called those who spread false teaching as false apostles and deceitful workers. Just as Satan is deceitful by disguising as the angel of light, so do the false prophets who try to persuade people that they are preaching the right gospel. Satan and his demons can disguise themselves as angel so we have to be careful in not being deceived by him. We can discern whether it is from God by checking if it conforms to God’s words in the bible. God would not harm us but Satan want and he can use deception to think he is God and get us into troubles. Many Christians who believe the gospel preached by an influential preacher who has high status and reputation. Not all preachers preach the true gospel. Just because a preacher is reputable, it doesn’t mean that what he preach is correct. We must learn to examine the preaching according to the word of God in the bible.
In 2 Corinthians 11:16-21, the Corinthians think Paul is a fool because they refused to acknowledge that he is an apostle of God. Paul is not a fool who boast about his credential and preach about themselves. Instead, Paul preach about the Lord Jesus Christ to them. Many people boast according to the flesh. If the Corinthians are so wise that they accept the false preaching from false preachers, they should be able to listen to Paul for a while. Many Christians automatically approve the preaching of famous preachers without examining according to the Bible. It doesn’t mean that if a preacher is famous then he is spiritual. Satan can use anyone to achieve his purpose, to deceive people away from Jesus Christ. These false preachers had put the Corinthians under bondage yet the Corinthians were ignorant about it. Paul said he is too weak to treat his sheep with abuse, like the false apostles. Paul is bold to prove himself as a true apostle, just as the false apostles were bold in preaching about themselves.
In 2 Corinthians 11:22-29, Paul’s ancestry qualifies him as the apostle. Paul is a Hebrew, an Israelite a descendant of Abraham. Paul had worked very hard in carrying out missionary work. He was frequently imprisoned, flogged, exposed to death, receive the forty lashes minus one, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked for 3 times, spent 1 day and night at the sea. Paul had been in danger from the rivers, bandits, own countrymen, at sea and false brothers. Paul had toiled hard and often gone without food and water. Paul have been cold and naked. Besides, Paul also faced pressures due to his concern for the churches he planted. Paul does not care about himself but he is concerned about others who are weak and made to stumble.
In 2 Corinthians 11:30-33, Paul said if he must boast, he must boast about the things that show his weakness. Paul was persecuted by King Aretas of Damascus and the whole city was under guarded in order to arrest him. But Paul was lowered in a basket through a window in a wall so that he managed to escape his life (Acts 9:23-25).