2 Corinthians 11:22-33 - Pre-Eminent In Labor And Suffering
It has been truly said that this enumeration represents a life which up to that hour had been without precedent in the history of the world. Self-devotion at particular moments or for some special cause had been often witnessed before; but a self-devotion involving such sacrifices and extending over at least fourteen years, in the interests of mankind at large, was up to that time a thing unknown. The lives of missionaries and philanthropists in later times may have paralleled his experiences; but Paul did all this, and was the first to do it.
The biography of the Apostle, as told by Luke, comes greatly short of this marvelous epitome. Of the facts alluded to only two-the stoning and one of the Roman scourgings-are mentioned in the book of the Acts; from which we gather that the book is, after all, but a fragmentary record, and that the splendid deeds of the disciples and apostles of that first age will be known only when the Lamb Himself recites them from His Book. But even this enumeration omits all that the Apostle suffered after the writing of this Epistle, including, of course, the sufferings between his arrest and his appearance before Nero. [source]
Chapter Summary: 2 Corinthians 11
1Out of his jealousy over the Corinthians, he enters into a forced commendation of himself, 5of his equality with the chief apostles, 7of his preaching the gospel to them freely, and without any charge to them; 13showing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative; 23and in the service of Christ, and in all kinds of sufferings for his ministry, far superior
What do the individual words in 2 Corinthians 11:33 mean?
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