2 Corinthians 12: 14, 15: “For children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. And I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls.” Throughout this epistle we see St. Paul’s perspective that he is to provide for his flock, and not the other way around. He had a right to shear his sheep; he just didn’t want to be misunderstood as a prophet for profit. But mostly, he really loved the believers...
2 Corinthians 12: 2, 4: “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago … was caught up to the third heaven … into Paradise.” For two thousand years people have been speculating about where St. Paul went, and what He saw and heard there. But he would not, could not, say – he was strictly forbidden to do so. However, there’s one thing we can say: whatever he saw or heard did not change his message or his ministry. His experience did not cause him to write to any church and
2 Corinthians 11: 28, 29: “Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure upon me of concern for all the Churches. Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?” The book of Acts depicts an apostle going through a hellish litany of physical assault for the sake of Christ and His Church, and here and in several other places the man of God reveals that it barely scratches the surface. But for St. Paul, this is nothing compa
2 Corinthians 11: 2: “For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.” St. Paul was passionate about pure doctrine, and protecting his flock from the speculations (10: 5) and deviations to the faith that were, even at that early date, endangering the Church. He not only knew what the faith was, he knew what it wasn’t, and he was ever ready to confront those “savage wolves” which he fore
2 Corinthians 10: 8: “For even if I should boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not destroying you, I shall not be put to shame.” Any authority at any level in the Church has to understand one thing: this authority is not a weapon, but a tool – a tool for building. The divinely powerful weapons of our warfare (v. 4) are not to be used against fellow believers, flesh and blood, even those we think are in error. The followi