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2 Corinthians 10:12-18 Inductive Bible Study - Outline, Key Words, Cross References, and Discussion Questions

 

2 Co 10:12-18

12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

13 But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.

14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ;

15 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men's labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you,

16 so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

17 But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.

18 For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.

 

Key Words

·         Boast                        5

kauchaomai

kauchaomai (kow-khah'-om-ahee); from some (obsolete) base akin to that of aucheo (to boast) and NT:2172; to vaunt (in a good or a bad sense):

KJV - (make) boast, glory, joy, rejoice.

·         Measure                  5

·         Our/ourselves         6

·         Themselves            5

·         Sphere                     3

·         Beyond                    3

·         Commend               3

·         Compare                 2

·         Reach                      2

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Titles

The right standard of measurement

The right source of commendation

Boast only in the Lord

Outline

        I.            The wrong measure                                    12

      II.            The right measure                                       13-16

    III.            Boast in the Lord                                          17-18

Cross References, Questions, Observations

12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

Pr 25:27

27 It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory.

Pr 27:2

2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Lk 18:11

11 "The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 

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13 But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.

Mt 25:15

15 "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 

Ro 12:3

3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Ro 12:6

6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

1 Co 12:11

11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

1 Pe 4:10

10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

a)     What was the measure beyond which Paul would not boast?

b)     What is the proper measure?

1)      

14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ;

Ro 15:18

18 For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed,

1 Co 3:5

5 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.

1 Co 3:10

10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.

1 Co 4:15

15 For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

1 Co 9:1-2

1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?

2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

2 Co 3:2-3

2 You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

3 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

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15 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men's labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you,

Ro 15:20

20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man's foundation;

2 Co 10:13

13 But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.

a)     What was Paul boasting about?

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16 so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

Ac 13:4

4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Ac 13:13-14

13 Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem.

14 But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.

Ac 13:49

49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.

Ac 13:51

51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.

Ac 14:5-7

5 And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them,

6 they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region;

7 and there they continued to preach the gospel.

Ac 14:20-22

20 But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.

21 After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,

22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."

Ac 14:24-26

24 They passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia.

25 When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

26 From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had accomplished.

a)     To what regions had Paul preached the gospel?

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17 But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.

Ps 105:3

3 Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Isa 41:16

16 "You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, And the storm will scatter them; But you will rejoice in the LORD, You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Isa 45:25

25 "In the LORD all the offspring of Israel Will be justified and will glory."

Jer 4:2

2 And you will swear, 'As the LORD lives,' In truth, in justice and in righteousness; Then the nations will bless themselves in Him, And in Him they will glory."

Jer 9:23-24

23 Thus says the LORD, " Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;

24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.

Ro 5:11

11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Gal 6:13-14

13 For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.

14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Php 3:3

3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

Isa 43:7

7 Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made."

a)     What does it mean to boast in the Lord?

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18 For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.

Mt 25:21

21 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

Pr 21:2

2 Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.

Pr 27:2

2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Lk 16:15

15 And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. 

Lk 18:10-13

10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 

11 "The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 

12 'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' 

13 "But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' 

2 Ch 25:2

2 He did right in the sight of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart.

Da 9:23

23 "At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.

Mt 6:1

1 "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

Ro 2:29

29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

1 Co 4:5

5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.

2 Ch 25:2

2 He did right in the sight of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart.

2 Co 5:9

9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

1 Pe 1:7

7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

2 Pe 2:18-19

18 For speaking outarrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,

19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

Jude 16

16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.

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Key Verse

18 For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.

Central Teaching

Have a humble and accurate assessment of yourself and give God the credit for any good thing in or accomplished by your life.

Application - Make Your Own!

2 Corinthians 1:1-11 2 Corinthians 1:12-24 2 Corinthians 2:1-8 2 Corinthians 2:9-17 2 Corinthians3:1-11 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
2 Corinthians 4:1-12 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 2 Corinthians 6:1-5 2 Corinthians 6:6-13
2 Corinthians 7:1-8 2 Corinthians 7:9-16 2 Corinthians 8:1-6 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 2 Corinthians 9:1-7
2 Corinthians 9:8-15 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 2 Corinthians 10:7-11 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 2 Corinthians 11:1-6 2 Corinthians 11:7-15
2 Corinthians 11:16-21 2 Corinthians 11:22-27 2 Corinthians 11:28-33 2 Corinthians 12:1-6 2 Corinthians 12:7-13 2 Corinthians 12:14-21
2 Corinthians 13:1-6 2 Corinthians 13:7-14

   

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