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Week 45 Day 6
It seems like Paul was always struggling
to be included
in that circle called apostles
He was like an outcast wanting to be brought in
The twelve disciples became the twelve apostles
except for Judas who disqualified himself
Peter lead the effort to replace Judas
with Matthias (Acts 1:26)
Paul, on the other hand claimed that Jesus chose him to be an apostle
he always referred to himself
as Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ
All the other apostles had associated with Jesus
from the days of John the Baptist
until the resurrection and ascension
Paul lacked the privilege, benefit and esteem
of direct association with Jesus
Did he belong in the group called apostles?
Paul said he did
some others were not so sure
With a title comes the authority of that title
Today's reading and tomorrow's deal with
Paul's argument for
eligibility and authenticity.
YOU MADE ME DO IT
Paul defends his authority with a mouthful of boasting.
II Corinthians 10 & 11
1 I, Paul, am pleading with you by the meekness and
gentleness of Christ--who in presence am lowly among you,
but being absent am bold toward you.
7Do you look at things according to outward appearance?
10"His letters," they say, "are weighty and powerful, but his
bodily presence is weak, and his speech is contemptible." 11Let such a person consider this, what we are in word by letters when absent, such we will also be in deed when present.
12We dare not compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. Measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, they are not wise. 13We, however, will not boast beyond measure.
1Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly--and
indeed you do bear with me. 5 I consider that I am not at
all inferior to the most eminent apostles. 6Even though
I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge.
16Let no one think me a fool. Otherwise, at least receive
me as a fool, that I may boast a little. 17 I speak not
according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly. 18Seeing
that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast.
22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So
am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. 23Ministers of
Christ?--I speak as a fool--I am more: in labors more abundant,
in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths
often. 24From the Jews five times I received forty stripes
minus one. 25Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was
stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have
been in the deep; 26in journeys often, in perils of waters, in
perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of
the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in the wilderness, in the sea,
in perils among false brethren; 27in weariness and toil, in
sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in
cold and nakedness--28besides the other things, what comes
upon me daily; my deep concern for all the churches. 29Who
is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and
I do not burn with indignation?
30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things of my infirmity.
32 In Damascus the governor was guarding the city with a
garrison, desiring to arrest me; 33but I was let down in a basket
through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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