For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 John Piper, in a sermon, “When Not To Believe an Angel” The most thrilling implication of verse 10 … More Only one person to please: Jesus Christ
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not … More Test yourself: What does your salvation depend on?
May 16 2 Corinthians 13 (ESV) Final Warnings 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second … More May 16 2 Corinthians 13
2 Corinthians 12:14-15 Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most gladly spend and be spent for … More Seek not what is yours but you.
May 15 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 (ESV) Concern for the Corinthian Church 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. 12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with … More May 15 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 John Piper, in a sermon, “Christ’s Power is Made Perfect in Weakness”- God’s design is to make you a showcase for Jesus’ power. But not necessarily the way the market demands: not by getting rid of all our weaknesses; … More A Showcase of Grace
May 14 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (ESV) Paul’s Visions and His Thorn 12:1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body … More May 14 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
John MacArthur preached a sermon on 2 Corinthians 11, our passage for today. Here is the concluding prayer from that sermon, “The Hardships of Paul”: Father, thank You for the insight You’ve given us into this amazing and incredible man. What a model he is for us and we feel, as I said, like nothing, … More Thank God for Paul’s Example
May 13 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 (ESV) Paul’s Sufferings as an Apostle 16 I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not with the Lord’s authority but as a fool. 18 Since … More May 13 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Here is a very helpful paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, about Paul and the False Apostles- A paraphrase by Bob Deffinbaugh at Bible.org Reluctantly, I am going to attempt to commend myself, following the same approach as those who oppose me when they commend themselves. I know this is foolishness, and I regret having to … More Paul: “Allow me to make a point here”