|2 Corinthians 11 |
1 Would to God you would bear with me a little in my folly; and indeed you do bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy; for I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.1
3 But I fear, lest that as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if someone comes preaching another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit from that which you have received, or another gospel from the one you accepted, you might well tolerate him.2
5 But I consider that I am not in the least inferior to the very chiefest apostles.
6 For though I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.
7 Have I committed an offence in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I have preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?
8 I robbed other churches, receiving support from them, to serve you. [He may have accepted needed gifts from individuals, but he in no way solicited money from any individual or the group for his needs for as Paul also said: "I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel of Christ without charge, so that I do not abuse my right in the gospel. 1 Cor 9:18. For we are not like so many, who peddle the word of God for profit;" 2 Cor:17.]
9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to any man; for that which I lacked the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied; and I have kept myself from being burdensome to you in all things, and so I will continue.
10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man will stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11 Why? Because I don't love you? God knows [I do].
12 But what I do, I will continue to do, so that I may cut off occasion from those who would like to find an opportunity to be regarded equal to us.
13 For these are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder, for Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers are also transformed [masquerading] as ministers of righteousness;3 whose end will be according to their works. [Yet these appointed-by-men ministers of Satan are deceived to believe they are Christ's, even though the were not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord. They cause their followers to go to destruction and perish because they preach a false Jesus that excuses continuation of sin; thus they cause people to not hear the wonderful promises of the true gospel: release and freedom from even the desire to sin, union with God and Christ, and entrance in the kingdom of God, while on earth and then forever.]
16 I say again, Let no man think I am a fool; but even if you do, bear with me as foolish, so that I may boast a little.
17 What I speak, in this confidence of boasting, I speak not from the Lord, but as if it were foolishly.
18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I will also boast.
19 For you permit fools [to boast] gladly, since you yourselves are so wise.
20 For you put up with: a man bringing you into bondage, a man devouring you, a man stealing from you, a man exalting himself, and a man striking you in the face.
21 To my shame I say that we were too weak for that! However when or where any can boast, (speaking foolishly), I can boast.
22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (Speaking foolishly in boasting), I am all the more so; in labors more abundant, in countless beatings, in prisons more frequently, exposed to deaths more often.
24 Five times I received thirty nine lashes from the Jews.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked; I have been a night and a day on the deep [sea].
26 In frequent journeys, in perilous waters, in danger of robbers, in danger from my own countrymen, in dangers by the heathen, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in dangers among false brothers;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fasts often, in cold and lack of clothing.
28 And besides those external things, there is upon me daily the care of all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is offended, and I do not burn with indignation?
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forevermore, knows that I do not lie.
32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas kept the city of Damascenes with a garrison, trying to apprehend me;
33 And I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.
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1 Paul says he is laboring over the Corinthians that he might present them as chaste virgins to Christ; Jesus said: to enter the Kingdom we must become like little children, innocent of sin. This refers to the 144,000 in Revelation, who are virgins, not defiled by women; Christ changes a person, making them virgins again, the lust removed, the defilement by women removed. Paul speaks in Colossians of presenting every man perfect in Christ Jesus; or as the Amplified says: present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One), Col 1:28. The perfection of the saints is the work of the ministry, till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:11-13.
2 Different Jesus, different gospel? How?
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and he who has no money, come, buy and eat;
yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your hard-earned money for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to me. Hear [and obey], and your soul shall live;
3 It is the Lord who is supposed to appoint his preachers, teachers and evangelists, whose sole purpose is the perfection of the saints. Eph 4:11-12. It is the Lord who is supposed to send the workers to the fields of harvest, Mat 9:38, but today's ministers have not been appointed and sent; they are self-appointed, and as such they are not Christ's. Instead, they are Satan's ministers transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness, 2 Cor 11:14-15. Here are just a few tests of false prophets, ministers of Christ vs. ministers of Satan, who think themselves to ministers of Christ, even though Christ never called them, never trained them, never perfected them, never authorized them, and never gifted them with the ministry:
Does he preach perfection of the believer through faith in this life? If not, he is a minister of Satan. The Holy Spirit gifts are to some to be ministers: He Himself gave [mark!, a gift from Christ] some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Does the minister preach entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven, while on the earth, and then forever. If not, he is a minister of Satan; like the Pharisees, he does not enter and stands blocking the way, denying the possibility.
Does the minister ask for tithes, take up collections, or draw a salary. If so, he is a minister of Satan. He is following the ways of Balaam, covetous for gain, and condemned to blackest darkness. He violates the commands of Jesus, and the command of Peter, as supported by Paul.
Does the minister tell you that you are righteous, even when you are still sinning? If so, he is a minister of Satan; for He who says to the wicked, 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him; Pro 24:24. If he claims to be a minister of Christ, and Christ has not sent him, this is what God says he will do to him: I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and perpetual shame, which shall never be forgotten, Jer 23:40.
Does he tell you that the all laws are dead. If so, he is a minister of lawlessness and unrighteousness, and he is a minister of Satan.
From the Word of the Lord within:
"Outside the faith, they are teaching an equilibrium between good and evil.
Those who follow the advice of these unpurified leaders, their life is like a bubble.
I refuse to answer them. We deliberately ignore those of great repute. The leader of their army is Lucifer.
These people are far from me, living in sin and teaching others the inevitability of sin until death."
Margaret Fox replied strongly to the ministers and teachers of corruption in her time, who taught that the entire law of God was cancelled and replaced by just believing in Jesus.
You, who are in your carnal apprehensions of God, are in the world without God. You are alive without the law, and have not come to know the law yet, and are dead in sins and trespasses. You, that live in pleasure, are dead while you live. You live unto sin and so are free from righteousness. The law which is holy, just, and good, shall cut you to pieces. You have not yet come to know the law, nor what is lawful, which everyone passes through before they come to know the liberty of the sons of God — which law cuts down all your carnal apprehensions of God. Oh you blasphemer, do you say there is no such thing as lawful and unlawful, godliness or ungodliness? Would you lay waste the scriptures and make void the righteous law of God which takes hold of the transgressor? Would you trample upon the blood of the new covenant and count it an unholy thing? Oh, the day of the vengeance is coming upon you. The Lord God is clothed with vengeance against you and all such as you are. You who sit at the table of devils are shut out from the liberty of the sons of God and know not the condition that Paul has passed through. When you know that, it will be death and destruction to you. This you shall eternally witness, before ever you come to know the living God.
For more understanding of the false prophets and ministers of Satan, see George Fox's excellent writing.
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