Have You Forgotten Something?
- They believe that they are living in the spiritual blessings of God and they are boasting about all the good things that are happening to them. This is as opposed to the apostles, who brought them the good news and who are struggling and suffering for their faith. The Corinthians are acting as if this Christianity requires no sacrifice at all. They feel as if they are kings of their community.
- The church in Corinth has tried to become proper and acceptable to the community. They don’t want to be seen as a spectacle for Christ. Therefore they may have been distancing themselves from Paul because he may have been an embarrassment to them.
- While the apostles had been doing all they could to imitate Christ in this world, some may have interpreted their behaviors as foolish. In words dripping with sarcasm he tells the Corinthian church that they must be very wise and strong and held in high regard. Obviously they know things so much better than Paul and his team for they have suffered. They have not become wealthy by preaching the word and so they don’t look like the rest of the rich crowd. They have been beaten and gone homeless, and this doesn’t sell very well.
- Paul goes on to tell them of his response to the situations he has faced. He has learned to be positive about all that he deals with including blessing those who speak poorly of him and speaking kindly of them.