by JMH on NOVEMBER 14, 2011
In 2 Corinthians 6:1–13, Paul gives evidence of his authenticity, and it has nothing to do with connecting with the Corinthians in cultural terms. In fact, Paul’s authenticity derives from the way that he is going against cultural norms. He proclaims a message that offends cultural sensibilities as it points away from worldly advantages to what God has done in Christ.
For preaching this message, Paul is treated in ways that are shameful in the culture, and it is this very shame and opprobrium that he has experienced that Paul points to when he wants to demonstrate his authenticity.
Paul’s suffering shows that he is authentic because in spite of being treated shamefully, he continues to preach the same message.
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