2 Corinthians 11:1-15, Jealousy, Humility, and Warfare

In 2 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul pleads with the church in Corinth, “bear with me in a little foolishness.” As he closed out chapter 10, he rejected self-commendation. Yet, the situation in Corinth was such that Paul could not defend his authority, and thus his message, without presenting his own credentials. He calls his own self-commendation “foolishness.” In 11:1-15, he presents three arguments as to why the Corinthians should stand with him and obey his teaching.