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2 Corinthians 10 COMMENTARY (Matthew Henry)
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2 Corinthians 10
Matthew Henry's Commentary
2 Corinthians 10:1
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence
base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
10:1-6 While others thought meanly, and spake scornfully of the apostle, he had low thoughts, and spake humbly of himself. We should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purposes. Outward force is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only; and people must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thus the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of truth is convincing. What opposition is made against the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.
2 Corinthians 10:2
But I beseech
, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
2 Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2 Corinthians 10:4
(For the weapons of our warfare
not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:6
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 10:7
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he
Christ's, even so
10:7-11 In outward appearance, Paul was mean and despised in the eyes of some, but this was a false rule to judge by. We must not think that none outward appearance, as if the want of such things proved a man not to be a real Christian, or an able, faithful minister of the lowly Saviour.
2 Corinthians 10:8
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
2 Corinthians 10:9
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
2 Corinthians 10:10
letters, say they,
weighty and powerful; but
2 Corinthians 10:11
Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such
will we be
also in deed when we are present.
2 Corinthians 10:12
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
10:12-18 If we would compare ourselves with others who excel us, this would be a good method to keep us humble. The apostle fixes a good rule for his conduct; namely, not to boast of things without his measure, which was the measure God had distributed to him. There is not a more fruitful source of error, than to judge of persons and opinions by our own prejudices. How common is it for persons to judge of their own religious character, by the opinions and maxims of the world around them! But how different is the rule of God's word! And of all flattery, self-flattery is the worst. Therefore, instead of praising ourselves, we should strive to approve ourselves to God. In a word, let us glory in the Lord our salvation, and in all other things only as evidences of his love, or means of promoting his glory. Instead of praising ourselves, or seeking the praise of men, let us desire that honour which cometh from God only.
2 Corinthians 10:13
But we will not boast of things without
measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
2 Corinthians 10:14
For we stretch not ourselves beyond
, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in
the gospel of Christ:
2 Corinthians 10:15
Not boasting of things without
, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
2 Corinthians 10:16
To preach the gospel in the
not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
2 Corinthians 10:17
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 10:18
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
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