Week 45   Day 6


It seems like Paul was always struggling

            to be included

            in that circle called apostles 

He was like an outcast wanting to be brought in



The twelve disciples became the twelve apostles

            except for Judas who disqualified himself 

Peter lead the effort to replace Judas

            with Matthias (Acts 1:26)

Paul, on the other hand claimed that Jesus chose him to be an apostle

            he always referred to himself

            as Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ



All the other apostles had associated with Jesus

            from the days of John the Baptist

            until the resurrection and ascension

Paul lacked the privilege, benefit and esteem

            of direct association with Jesus



Did he belong in the group called apostles? 

            Paul said he did 

            some others were not so sure 

With a title comes the authority of that title



Today's reading and tomorrow's deal with

            Paul's argument for

            eligibility and authenticity.




                                 YOU MADE ME DO IT

  Paul defends his authority with a mouthful of boasting.

                                 II Corinthians 10 & 11


    1 I, Paul, am pleading with you by the meekness and

gentleness of Christ--who in presence am lowly among you,

but being absent am bold toward you.

    7Do you look at things according to outward appearance?    

10"His letters," they say, "are weighty and powerful, but his

bodily presence is weak, and his speech is contemptible." 
11Let such a person consider this, what we are in word by
letters when absent, such we will also be in deed when present.

    12We dare not compare ourselves with those who commend
themselves.  Measuring themselves by themselves,
comparing themselves among themselves, they are not
13We, however, will not boast beyond measure.

    1Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly--and

indeed you do bear with me.  5 I consider that I am not at

all inferior to the most eminent apostles.   6Even though

I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge.

    16Let no one think me a fool.  Otherwise, at least receive

me as a fool, that I may boast a little.  17 I speak not

according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly.  18Seeing

that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast.

    22Are they Hebrews?  So am I.  Are they Israelites?  So

am I.  Are they the seed of Abraham?  So am I.  23Ministers of

Christ?--I speak as a fool--I am more:  in labors more abundant,

in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths

often.  24From the Jews five times I received forty stripes

minus one.  25Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was

stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have

been in the deep; 26in journeys often, in perils of waters, in

perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of

the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in the wilderness, in the sea,

in perils among false brethren; 27in weariness and toil, in

sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in

cold and nakedness--28besides the other things, what comes

upon me daily; my deep concern for all the churches.  29Who

is weak, and I am not weak?  Who is made to stumble, and

I do not burn with indignation?

    30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things of my infirmity. 

32 In Damascus the governor was guarding the city with a

garrison, desiring to arrest me; 33but I was let down in a basket

through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands. 
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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