June 8 – A Different “Stand Your Ground”

“Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; 2 Corinthians 11:16 (NASB)

From time to time we may be recipients of hostile attacks on our faith in Jesus Christ. While we wish to not reply in kind manner, we can be ready to defend the truth of our salvation by grace through faith. The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church in Corinth to correct several errors in their behavior and thinking. One is laid out in the 11th chapter of 2 Corinthians. Paul’s apostolic authority was challenged and he is pressed into this defense. The apostle knew that his claim to be an apostle was incontrovertible. Today many people who have no right to the title yet still claim to belong to the God’s family. If we are confident to declare, “I am a follower of Christ Jesus,” let’s only say it after we’ve searched our hearts as in the presence of God. Charles Spurgeon would advise; “May it be that we can give proof that we are following Jesus, if we can say from the heart, “I trust Him wholly, trust Him only, trust Him simply, trust Him now, and trust Him ever,” then the position that the saints of God hold also belongs to us.”

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