2Co 12:21 “I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.”
When i read the progress of his thought…he begins with boasting. looks like the false teachers used to front their good works as a spot for validation. And Paul sharply pointed out these fleshly manifestations
among those influenced by the teachers of the world. What do you think…hope you have understood my poor grammer. I think this verse is not pushing a doctrine of repentence and transformation by law. ..blessings to You ans Sherry. I constantly ask the father to cause His grace to abound towards you.
Hello my brother Mark! Thank you for the grace you show toward me and my family.
No, I’m certain that Paul was not pushing a doctrine that was founded in the law. Yes, the boasting had fostered an arrogance against Paul among many who gathered with the brothers in Corinth. He had written to them asking if they wanted him to come to them in a similar manner as did some of their leaders. Harsh. And that’s where he levels with them regarding his suspicion that God would humiliate him when he came. After all, that had been his manner among them previously.
And when I came to you I did not come with superiority but with fear and trembling. 1 Corinthians 2:1
Paul had been so extremely real with them. And even though he made it seem as if he might come “with a rod” he made it clear that that was the way their arrogant leaders (the so-called super-apostles) treated them. As Paul summed it, they would strike you on the face. And the people willingly took it. His life was a total contrast to those men. And Paul argued his case as one who had the right to be strong, but would rather be weak to show the true strength of Christ. Paul was pretty sure he would once again be shown to be weak if he visited them … and he used that reality to get the truth across. Too many Christian teachers and leaders try to use Paul’s individual statements to make a case for “discipline” but very few listen to the heart of the man to really hear the spirit of God.
nice…Put this on the website when possible
Will do, my brother!