2 Corinthians 11:1-15

2 Corinthians 11:1-15 … The Apostle Paul here continues the defense of his ministry among the Corinthians, while strengthening this remote congregation against false teachers and imitators who work against the Gospel. It’s serious business and the means for recognition and defense against false teaching are provided. The sincerity of Paul’s appeal to the Corinthians is evident. Both Old and New Testaments use the imagery of a bride being prepared for marriage as an illustration of the relationship we have with Christ (v.2); representing single-hearted commitment and devotion to our Lord.

We also get a glimpse of first century ministry as Paul indicates that his support as a missionary came from other churches, not from the Corinthians. A final thing to note in this passage is in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15—a caution concerning what Scripture calls the “wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Satan is able to disguise himself as an angel of light and that’s why the whole armor of God is needed. And, by the way, the whole armor of God is needed today. The dangers of spiritual warfare are as real today as they were in the first century.

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