II Corinthians 10

  • This chapter begins the third major section of II Corinthians. The tone here is more assertive and sharper.
  • II Corinthians 10:1-2 – Paul is trying to draw a distinction between the behaviors they were tolerating from false teachers and what they were accusing him of.
  • II Corinthians 10:7-8 – Compare II Corinthians 5:12. They were looking at outward appearances. Paul is trying to point out that they are both on the same team – they should both recognize each other as being in Christ.
  • II Corinthians 10:9-11 – This was a subtle accusation of hypocrisy – that Paul wrote differently than he spoke. Paul is saying he was willing to back up what he was writing. Paul may well have been unimpressive in appearance because of the persecution he had endured.
  • II Corinthians 10:12-13 – It was appropriate for him to boast about his work because of his history with them. See Romans 15:23-24.
  • II Corinthians 10:14-16 – Paul was hoping to get them to the point that he could move on, as he had been able to do in other places.
  • II Corinthians 10:17-18 – God’s commendation is the only one that really matters.

II Corinthians 11

  • II Corinthians 11:1-2 – These false apostles that they were tolerating were endangering their purity before Christ.
  • II Corinthians 11:3-4 – Paul’s tone was sharp because he was afraid they were being led away from Christ.