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2 Corinthians 9-11
Much of Paul's Ministry was in Greece and Macedonia (see also Ancient Empires - Greece), with a large portion of his Epistles written to the saints (i.e. the people of the Church of God; see What Is A Saint? and What Is The Church?) in that region of Europe (Paul's preaching of the Gospel entered Europe, from Asia, from Turkey to Greece - see Paul's Second Missionary Journey).
"9:1 For as touching the ministering [see Minister] to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 9:3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: 9:4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we that we say not, ye should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up before hand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness." (2 Corinthians 9:1-5 KJV)
"9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully" (2 Corinthians 9:6 KJV) is a principle that applies to all aspects of Christian Living.
"9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you [see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge]; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9:9 As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
2 Corinthians Chapter 10
"10:1 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 Corinthians 10:1 KJV) attests to how Paul's authority was the Word of God that he preached, not anything of himself. His "in presence am base among you" may refer also to his "homely" appearance. Although the Bible does not include much about his appearance, there are non-Biblical (and should be regarded merely as such) accounts that, at the least are surely accurate about Paul's humble appearance (Christ Himself was very humble in appearance - see What Did Jesus Look Like?).
"10:1 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: 10:2 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. 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God [see High Places of The Mind], and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
2 Corinthians Chapter 11
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:13-14 KJV) is a dire warning, not only of conditions at Paul's time, but of all time. Much of what believes itself to be "Christianity" today is under the mis-leadership of Satanic frauds who in truth are "false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ."
"11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy [see Why Is The Lord Jealous?; also Thou shalt not commit adultery to understand the ultimate spiritual meaning of adultery]: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ [listen to the Sermon The Divorce and Remarriage of Jesus Christ from our Sermons page]. 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve [see Why Eve?] through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.
Paul endured tremendous hardship as a Christian (see Christianos), just as Christ said that he would while Paul, at the time of his conversion On The Road To Damascus, was yet himself a persecutor of Christians i.e. "9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake" (Acts 9:15-16 KJV).
"11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little [see The Two Kinds Of Pride]. 11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. 11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak.