Not unto us, O Lord, but unto Thy name give glory

2 Corinthians 11:1-9, 23-30

2 Corinthians 11:1

Paul was not pleased to have to speak of himself; he calls self-commendation folly, for so it usually is; but it was needful for him to vindicate his position and authority, in order that his letters might have weight with the Corinthian believers for their lasting good.

2 Corinthians 11:2, 3

By the admixture of philosophy with the gospel, he feared that they would be seduced from the truth. Too much ground is there for the same anxiety about the churches of our own day.

2 Corinthians 11:4

If any man could bring us a better gospel, more sure, more full, more free, we might listen to his novelties; but so long as this is not attempted or pretended, we will abide by the old form of doctrine, and those men of God who preach it.

2 Corinthians 11:8

He received nothing from the Corinthians, but allowed other churches to relieve his necessities that he might in no degree burden them; yet they were not grateful, but spoke of him disrespectfully. Gratitude is far too rare even among professing Christians.

2 Corinthians 11:9

The apostle, to vindicate his character and prove his apostleship, then mentioned what he had done and suffered.

2 Corinthians 11:23

He was called in a more remarkable way, had been more fully instructed, and enabled to accomplish more than any one of them.

2 Corinthians 11:23

in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, or far exceeding any one else

2 Corinthians 11:28

cometh upon me or rushes upon me

2 Corinthians 11:28

Which was a heavy burden; there were so many things to think about, that his mind was wearied.

2 Corinthians 11:29

He sympathized with all, and was the focus for all sorrows.

2 Corinthians 11:30

Surely after this recital these Corinthians would value the apostle, and trouble him no more with their criticisms. Better far is it for us to profit by good men than to find fault with them. Let not the Pauls among us now have to suffer for our unkindness.

 

When trials sore obstruct my way,

And ills I cannot flee,

Oh, give me strength, Lord, as my day:

For good remember me.

 

If on my face, for thy dear name,

Shame and reproaches be,

All hail, reproach! and welcome, shame!

If thou remember me.

 

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