Lesson 75

"Every Thought to the Obedience of Christ"


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Paul’s authority is discredited

1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2 but I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s. 8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9 that I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15 not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Lesson No.   75      "Every Thought to the Obedience of Christ"

2nd Corinthians 10                                                        12/11/2011

1)     Paul starts Chapter 10 by saying he comes to them by letter in meekness and gentleness but yet bold by letter.  Why is it important to approach others in this way when trying to 'correct' them?

2)     What does verses 3 and 4 mean?  War after the flesh can mean many things.

3)     Verse 5 is the most difficult thing to do in the Bible, why?  How can we bring every thought we have into obedience with Christ?

4)     Verse 7 seems to be battling the judging of persons in the flesh rather than the spirit.  What is the danger in that?

5)     Explain verses 8 through 11- Paul says he has authority over the church but how does he want to teach them?  (hint- verse 11)

6)     Paul warns the church not to compare service to God on a performance basis (verse 12), so how do we measure our service (verses 13 and 14)?

7)     What is Paul's goal for this church?  (hint- verse 15)

8)     What is Paul's goal for himself and the other apostles?  (hint- verse 16)

9)     Paul says we should glory in who?  (hint- verse 16)

10)  Paul concludes by indicating who 'approves' of our service to God.  What good is it if we 'approve' of our service but God does not?  (verse 18)