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Saint Paul is Coming to Town!

2 Corinthians 12:13-21

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Paul is ready to return and face the folks at Corinth. But will they be ready for him? He represented spiritual authority, but would they accept his God-given authority? God has many good gifts for His children, and His way is to pass them along using His ordained chain of command.

For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong. Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children [2Cor. 12:13-14].

Paul, you see, was their spiritual father. He had led them to Christ and had founded the church of Corinth. He didn't want to burden them, he wanted to bless them. He wasn't seeking to take from them, but to give to them.

And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved [2Cor. 12:15].

Paul says, "The more I love you, the less I am loved in return." It sounds like a complaint, doesn't it? But the Spirit of God insisted that he not tell about what he had seen in heaven but that he tell about his sufferings and disappointments down here.

Sadly, the entitlement mindset is still alive and well in the church today. The attitude is, "What have you done for me lately?" We get spoiled, and accustomed to others doing for us and we take them for granted saying, "That's your job!" instead of truly appreciating them.

But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile [2Cor. 12:16].

Oh, notice this. He says, "I wasn't after what you have, I was after you; I wanted to win you for Christ." Isn't that what the Lord Jesus had told His apostles? He said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19) -- and He didn't say that every fish they caught would have a gold piece in its mouth! He made them fishers of men -- that is the emphasis.

Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps? [2Cor. 12:17-18].

Paul didn't use clever methods; he preached the Word of God in simplicity. He didn't send other men along after him to make a gain out of the Corinthians.

Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults [2Cor. 12:19-20].

These are the things Paul expected to find in the church when he would get there. They expected a great deal of Paul. Paul expected a great deal of them. But what would he find? There would be debates and arguing.


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Darren Sirmans

commented on Jul 20, 2010

We can?t imagine the publicity that Jesus had as a celebrity in Bethany for raising Lazarus from the dead. Yet! Some will argue that Lazarus wasn?t dead but Jesus knew he was that?s why he said Lazarus is sleep. Many of us know the dead man that Jesus raised from the dead as Lazarus. How many innocent people are in jail today for crimes they didn?t commit? When an innocent man is released from jail it makes me think about Jesus. Look at Paul he did great things for the church but the word of God tells us cursed is the man who trust in the arms of flesh. It?s all right to love what Paul did but remembers Jesus is in Paul doing the work. When a man really posses the lord to the point people in high office start taking inappropriate interest in his service for God without probable cause that shows us over half of his followers are like the 49 witnesses that did nothing to save a lady from being brutally murdered. There seem to be an incentive about how many people the Justice system can convict, if that?s the case. How did word get around about a dead man being raised from the dead, and got around to the world? Don?t you know that Satan argued among God?s people about truth so much? Until many believed him, from the Garden of Eden till this very day. Maybe! This is the time that many will depart from the faith. I?ve never seen so many law enforcement officers in the new age church today. It makes me not want to go to those kind of churches, because satan wants to make friends with authority so he can communicate with pantomime and take the word out the story. Satan wants to guard the church like the transporting of prisoners. Jesus said many shall take heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devil. In this world, men heart shall wax worse and worse. If we don?t stay grounded and rooted in his word, and never mix jobs wit

Darren Sirmans

commented on Jul 20, 2010

We can?t imagine the publicity that Jesus had as a celebrity in Bethany for raising Lazarus from the dead. Yet! Some will argue that Lazarus wasn?t dead but Jesus knew he was that''s? why he said Lazarus is sleep. Many of us know the dead man that Jesus raised from the dead as Lazarus. How many innocent people are in jail today for crimes they didn?t commit? When an innocent man is released from jail it makes me think about Jesus. Look at Paul he did great things for the church but the word of God tells us cursed is the man who trust in the arms of flesh. It?s all right to love what Paul did but remembers Jesus is in Paul doing the work. When a man really posses the lord to the point people in high office start taking inappropriate interest in his service for God without probable cause that shows us over half of his followers are like the 49 witnesses that did nothing to save a lady from being brutally murdered. There seem to be an incentive about how many people the Justice system can convict, if that?s the case. How did word get around about a dead man being raised from the dead, and got around to the world? Don?t you know that Satan argued among God?s people about truth so much? Until many believed him, from the Garden of Eden till this very day. Maybe! This is the time that many will depart from the faith. I?ve never seen so many law enforcement officers in the new age church today. It makes me not want to go to those kind of churches, because satan wants to make friends with authority so he can communicate with pantomime and take the word out the story. Satan wants to guard the church like the transporting of prisoners. Jesus said many shall take heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devil. In this world, men heart shall wax worse and worse. If we don?t stay grounded and rooted in his word, and never mix jobs wit

Dearl Hardy

commented on Jul 9, 2011

great sermon

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