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Paul's Irrefutable Defense (15 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 11:16-33
August 17, 2005
1. In our lesson last week, we looked at the first part of the chapter, dealing with Paul's concern over those who were at risk of being led astray by false teachers. He said, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Cor. 11:2-3).
2. In our lesson this evening, Paul continues his defense of himself, reaffirming his position and reminding them of his willingness to suffer for the sake of the gospel. Remember, there were those who were accusing Paul of not have their best interests at heart. They alleged that he was only interested in promoting himself and that he was also seeking financial gain. That's why he said in (vs. 9), And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
3. As we consider our message, Paul's Irrefutable Defense, let me give you three things:
I. His Remarks Regarding the Unscrupulous
II. His Reminders Concerning His Suffering
III. His Experiences With His Deliverances
I. HIS REMARKS REGARDING THE UNSCRUPULOUS
A. His stand against the deceivers
1. Paul begins in (vv. 16-20) by boasting about his credentials and his experiences...only in an attempt to silence these deceivers. Boasting was not his normal approach to things; however, in this case, he felt it was the only way to convince these gullible and immature believers of his true intentions. They were in danger of being taken in by Satan's emissaries. H ...
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