2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Paul signals again in 2 Corinthians 11:16 that he is going to use a worldly practical strategy to get his listener to heed his quest for Truth. What Paul says is that since the recipients of the letter were so used to listening and following fools, he would speak like a fool by God's standard to get them to listen to him! Why is this foolish to God? When we boast of our own accomplishments, we deny God's power and blessing in our lives and His control over the lives of His Believers. So instead of Paul talking about what God had done, he spoke about what he had experienced and endured for the Truth. So Paul’s point was that regardless which standard the recipients followed, fleshly or spiritual, he had earned the right to get them to follow him. So if the recipients were listening to concepts that did not agree with Paul, they should still follow Paul! What a power play by Paul. He was concerned about the Corinthians following him and not the fools that were opposing him. We also see here that the main source of this internal disturbance was from the Jews. So Paul uses his very heritage to usurp the opinions of these Satan-led Jews. We see these same comments from Jesus about the Jews in Revelations 2 and 3. These same Satanic voices are not coming from the Jews currently, but Satan has coopted other non-Believers to perform his bidding and other internal Believers, through spiritual complacency, which is more damaging to the Church than any other source of destruction . Read the 7 letters Jesus dictated to the Apostle John in Revelations 2-3. Sources of destruction that were external to the Church we call persecution. Internal sources of destruction, whether it be from the Jews or from spiritual complacency, we call annihilation. Praise Him.