2 Corinthians 11-13
2 Corinthians chapter 11, Out of his jealousy over the Corinthians, who seemed to make more account of the false apostles than of him, he enters into a forced commendation of himself, of his equality with the chief apostles, of his preaching the gospel to them freely, and without any charge to them; shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative; and in the service of Christ, and in all kinds of sufferings for his ministry, far superior.
2 Corinthians chapter 12, For commending of his apostleship, though he might glory of his wonderful revelations, yet he rather chooses to glory of his infirmities; blaming them for forcing him to this vain boasting. He promises to come to them again; but yet altogether in the affection of a father; although he fears he shall to his grief find many offenders, and public disorders there.
2 Corinthians chapter 13, He threatens severity, and the power of his apostleship, against obstinate sinners. And, advising them to a trial of their faith, and to a reformation of their sins before his coming, he concludes his epistle with a general exhortation and a prayer.
Insights and Prayers
- Lord, satan deceived Eve and she fell to temptation because of his lie. I know there are false apostles just as there is perverted preaching, and a distorted gospel. Deliver me from imitation Christianity and sham promises. Open my eyes by the Holy Spirit, and help me see Christianity clearly in Scripture. I want to believe the truth, and only the truth. Amen.
- Lord, Paul suffered many different ways, yet he remained true to You. Be with me when I go through suffering; keep my faith strong and use my testimony for Your glory. Amen.
- Lord, there are many reasons why You don’t answer prayer. Sometimes I’ve asked for the wrong thing, or asked at the wrong time, or asked with a wrong attitude or with sin in my life. Teach me to focus on You and the prayers You’ve answered in the past, not the unanswered prayers. Amen.
- Lord, Paul had a deep burden for the believers in Corinth; this is evident in his writings. Give me the same prayer burden for others. Teach me the principles of intercession and hear the prayer I make for others. Amen.
- Lord, I examine my faith just as Paul told me to “examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith” (13:5). I know I am a Christian because Christ lives in my heart. Once I was spiritually blind, but now I see and understand scriptural things. Thank You for inner assurance. Amen.
- Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
- Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible