Thursday, May 13, 2010

How Meekness Shows Christ's Love: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Text: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Theme: Glory in Christ, not the flesh

4. By boasting about Christ (10 - 13)
     F. Meekness shows Christ's love (12:11 - 13:14)

False teachers accused Paul of sending weighty and strong letters, but being weak and unimpressive in his personal presence (cf. 10:10). Since strong warnings gave the Corinthians a chance to avoid "severe" correction upon his arrival (13:10), this pattern showed both the power and meekness of Christ's love. 

If the Corinthians were seeking proof of Christ's resurrection power (4) in Paul (3), they would get it if he came on a third visit, when he would "not spare anyone" (2). Paul wanted to avoid "severity" in correcting them (10), however, and asked them to examine themselves, to see if they were in the faith (5). Rather than searching for sin, and afflicting one's self with guilt over it, this evaluation seems to regard their ability to recognize that Christ was indeed in them and Paul. 

The Corinthians should acknowledge that Paul was authorized by the Lord to build them up, rather than tear them down (10), and that this "weakness" showed the meekness of Christ's love.

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