2 Corinthians 12:11-21
2 Corinthians 12:11-21, continues Paul’s cunning strategy to present truth to Corinth to quell their departure from that which they had been taught. By following the boastful and sinful standards of those diabolical men seeking to pervert the gospel, Paul was concerned that he would not get a report that was flattering. Paul here finally reveals his subterfuge for the sake of their souls! Now that Paul has laid out his case in a manner that would get their attention, Paul helps them get his true point by revealing his folly and his suspicions. Remember the Greek ethos in this day prescribed that men have a wife, a mistress, and prostitutes. Sinister men had led the people to look more like the world then like Christ. These men clearly presented themselves as wise apostles, special messengers of God and Paul is trying to set them straight. Paul appeals to their hearts sharing his love and illustrating how he and his representatives treated them by emptying themselves rather than taking from them. So he is actually commending the Corinthians rather than himself. His method forces them to see the folly in the ways of these evil influences. Paul wants the Corinthians to see God’s power and grace when they look at him. Paul’s approach is nothing less than sophisticated (which by its very Greek root means rooted in “sophia” - wisdom. Paul modeled God’s wisdom to them so that they would see the immediate contrast and cling to that which was good and right in the sight of God. Amen.