C. By His Jealousy for Christ
1 I wish that you would abear with me in a little 1bfoolishness; but indeed you do bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with a 1ajealousy of God; for I bbetrothed you to one husband to cpresent you as a pure 2dvirgin to Christ.
3 But I fear lest somehow, as the aserpent bdeceived cEve by his dcraftiness, your 1ethoughts would be corrupted from the 2fsimplicity and the gpurity toward Christ.
4 For if indeed he who comes preaches 1aanother Jesus, whom we have not preached, or you receive a 1bdifferent spirit, which you have not received, or a 1cdifferent gospel, which you have not accepted, you dbear 2well with him.
5 But I count myself to be inferior to the 1asuper-apostles in nothing.
6 But even if I am a 1layman in aspeech, yet I am not in bknowledge; indeed in every way we have made this cmanifest in all things to you.
7 Or did I commit a sin, abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I announced the gospel of God to you afree of charge?
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages for the ministry to you.
9 And when I was present with you and alacked, I was not a bburden to anyone; for the brothers who came from cMacedonia dfilled up my lack, and in everything I kept myself from being eburdensome to you, and will keep myself.
10 The 1truthfulness of Christ is in me, that this aboasting shall not be stopped as it regards me in the regions of bAchaia.
11 Why? Because I do not alove you? God bknows.
12 But what I do, I also will do, that I may cut off the opportunity of those desiring an opportunity, that in the thing in which they boast, they may be found even as we.
13 For such ones are 1afalse apostles, deceitful bworkers, 2transfiguring themselves into apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder, for 1aSatan himself transfigures himself into an 2bangel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if also his ministers transfigure themselves into 1ministers of righteousness, whose aend will be according to their works.