Wednesday after the Ninth Sunday after Trinity Sunday
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:1-18 (NKJV)
10:1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s. 8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed—9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; 15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, 16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment. 17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” 18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
St. Paul talks about those who argue against the Christian faith with nothing but their own human knowledge. The fundamental error of these men, who prefer the circular argumentation of false human understanding more than keeping to the straight path of divine truth, is that they have nothing but their own tiny, changing, human minds to measure the divine mind. The mind and will of God is infinitely capacious and utterly immutable, a mind that can count uncountable things without passing from one to the next. He only reveals a portion of this unfathomable mind and will in His Holy Scripture, and that is all that we need to know.
However, such men who refuse to believe the Word of God and what our Lord Jesus has done for mankind, to use the words of the Apostle, are “comparing themselves with themselves,” and unfortunately they end by understanding nothing. Of course, every time such philosophers decide to do something, they have to form a new mental resolution because their minds are mutable, and they imagine it is the same with God. Without having a notion of God, they mistake themselves for Him, and instead of measuring God by God, they compare themselves to themselves.
The Holy Scriptures reveal to us what we need to know of God. We have a Savior from sin, death, and the devil in the Lord Jesus Christ. He came down to Earth and took upon Himself our flesh, so that He might redeem us and that we might know Him, our God, rightly.
We pray: Let Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please Thee; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.