A Fool’s Errand
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Anyone who is unable to humbly self evaluate is a fool.
Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.” ~ E. B. White
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Question: How often do you take the time to self evaluate? With whom do you talk about your thoughts and questions concerning your self evaluation? Are they people that can highlight and speak of scripture with confidence?
vs. 2-3, jealousy
Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God,
- an expectation of loyalty from his children
- Paul sees himself as the father of the church in Corinth, who has committed her in marriage to Christ.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
Hosea 3:5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.
to present you as a pure virgin to Christ
- The churches ability to remain sincere and pure in its devotion to Jesus
- not to become defiled by infidelity or annulment
- being alert and prepared for the temptation of culture
Question: What are the things in life that prevent you from being pure and sincere? What is your m.o. in dealing with these things?
vs. 4, susceptible to a different Jesus, spirit, gospel
Jesus -> elevating his life and humanity, ignoring his death, resurrection, and divinity
spirit -> without the Spirit you can’t truly understand and know Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
gospel -> boasting in humanity rather than Jesus (look at what I have achieved) -or- There are many others things that can lead me to joy.
Question: Which area do you find yourself most susceptible? How does it affect your understanding of God? How does it inhibit your ministry? (Remember: your life is your ministry)
vs. 5-6, inferior
2 Corinthians 12:11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing.
super apostles -> Paul is mocking these individuals for the grandeur of their claims.
vs. 7-11, preached God’s gospel to you free of charge
robbed -> plundering a captive
Acts 18:5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.
The Macedonian church was supporting Paul.
They were poor and generous.
Their motivation for giving could not be questioned.
Often the wealthy would give in order to influence.
Paul wanted to make sure that he was not personally accepting funds from the wealthy of Corinth.
He wanted the gospel to be his motivation, not the wishes of those who gave to him.
false, deceitful, disguising - like Satan the master deceiver
Question: What are the essentials necessary to prevent the lure of deception to hook you in life?
Paul has already given us the answer.
Are you saturated with Jesus, Spirit, and Gospel?