In our last entry, Paul pulled out a number of tricks from his “How to Keep Followers” bag. Paul tried buttering up the Corinthians, then guilting them about one of their members who had started sinning. He even plays the “my religion is better than your religion” card, stating that Jesus has more glory than Moses, so the Corinthians should abandon their Judaic ways. Will any of those tactic works?
I don’t know, actually. I reckon we’ll learn more about the results of this letter indirectly in Galatians or one of the future letters. For now, all we know is that Paul still has the floor.
Paul is trying to re-assure everyone in the church that Pauls church is the real church, and that Pauls group doesnt try and pervert Gods words. Which means that someone was accusing them of doing just that. Who made the accusations? It is not for us to know.Paul (and presumably the other Christians) are being legitimately persecuted at this time, and he is trying to keep everyones spirits up. He basically tells the Christians that their tribulations and deaths further glorify the lord. And enduring this suffering and torture, even perhaps death, is worth it to gain an eternitys worth of grace from God.
To tell you the truth, I kinda fell asleep half-way into this chapter. Paul has this annoying habit of saying something, then saying it again in slightly different words, then saying it again in slightly different sentences. Once through is enough for me. Reading the same idea three times within a 21-verse chapter?
Anyway, people have a tent here and a heavenly home in gods kingdom. We want to shed our tent (die) and move off to heaven, but to do that we have to suffer and try and spread gods word.
Now, unless I am reading this chapter wrong, Paul is basically saying that the church in Corinth should not be as welcoming of newcomers as it is (Stop becoming unevenly yoked with unbelievers) and should fall into step with what Paul and his followers say! (We have not cut you off, but you have cut off your own feelings toward us.)
Apparently there is something rotten in the state of Corinth…
Up next: ????Paul’s massive ego trip
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