Wednesday, September 23, 2020
II Corinthians 11:10-23
II Corinthians 11:10-23
 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Acha’ia.
 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.
 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
 So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
 I repeat, let no one think me foolish; but even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.
 (What I am saying I say not with the Lord’s authority but as a fool, in this boastful confidence;
 since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.)
 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!
 For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you, or preys upon you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.
 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!
But whatever any one dares to boast of — I am speaking as a fool — I also dare to boast of that.
 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one — I am talking like a madman — with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.
 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
 You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”
 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”
 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
 At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
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