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Paul's Ministry and Message (4 of 19)
Series: II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 3:1-18
May 18, 2005
1. In Chapter three we look at Paul's discussion and defense of his position as a minister of the gospel. Apparently, there were some who were jealous or envious of his position and had accused him of taking this calling upon himself. Let me give you two things:
I. His Qualifications
II. His Comparisons
I. HIS QUALIFICATIONS (VV. 1-5)
A. Enlightening the opposition (vs. 1)
1. Some had suggested that Paul needed a letter of recommendation to establish his calling and apostleship; without it, they felt reluctant to trust him as God's minister.
a. It was customary in those days to issue a letter of commendation, supporting the one who purported to be a minister; however, Paul suggested that his experience among the believers was recommendation enough: Need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
b. Keep in mind; the same group who opposed Paul on this issue are the same men who had been challenging him about everything else. He had just defended himself against those who had accused him of not keeping his word to visit Corinth the second time, as he had promised (1:18, 23; 2:1, 2).
c. Here's the issue at hand: Jealousy of his ministry and his office. No doubt, there were those who were jealous of his position--they despised him. We are reminded of Moses and those who were jealous of his position:
1) Remember the story of Korah? Numbers 16:2-3, And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above ...
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