Study 10 From The Book of 2 Corinthians Is: 2 Corinthians 10
In his third section of the letter Paul has specially in view the disaffected minority, who were being led astray by visiting preachers, who were enemies of Paul and of the gospel. His desire is to destroy the influence of these men, so that his visit, when it comes may not be one of strife and conflict. In this chapter he twice refers to a charge, which his enemies made against him (10:1b, 10), that while he might be able to write vigorous letters from a distance, he was weak and ineffective when present in person. Paul answers that he has powerful weapons at his command, and that the church in Corinth falls within sphere of his God-given authority.
- Consider Paul’s description of his ministry as a warfare (verses 3:6). What is the aim he has in view? What fortresses have to be captured, and how is victory achieved? Have you known in your own experience (a) of lawless elements in your own thought-life brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and (b) of winning such victories for Christ in the thought-life of others?
- What does Paul claim for himself in verses 7:16, and what hope for future service does express? Cf. Rom. 12:3; 15:18-24. What is the only form of commendation in which he is interested?
Note. Verse 16. ‘Done in another’s field’: an allusion to those who came to a church already founded by someone else, to make mischief there.