Paul and the False Apostles
I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the
jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and
undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.
You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a
different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things. I may be unskilled as a
speaker, but I’m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way.
Was I wrong when I humbled myself and honored you by preaching God’s Good News to you without expecting anything in return?
I “robbed” other churches by accepting their contributions so I could serve you at no cost. And when I was with you and
didn’t have enough to live on, I did not become a financial burden to anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia
brought me all that I needed. I have never been a burden to you, and I never will be. As surely as the truth of Christ is
in me, no one in all of Greece will ever stop me from boasting about this. Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows that
But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast
that their work is just like ours. These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves
as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder
that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment
their wicked deeds deserve.