Devotional – II Corinthians 11

For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

The Corinthian church was a mess. Paul had to deal with problem after problem which caused him much grief and pain. But above all else what concerned Paul the most was their willingness to turn from the truth to error without being diligent about making a distinction between teaching that is sound and teaching that is false. Paul had a “divine jealousy” for them. This was the same kind of jealousy God spoke about to Israel. It was a love for them that desired their best; a love that was grieved when they departed from the truth. Oh, that we would all have that kind of love in the church today. You see many in the church are no different than those in the church in Corinth. Many assume that because a pastor or Bible teacher speaks about Jesus that he or she is teaching truth, but Paul makes clear here that there is such a thing as a “different” Jesus, a “different” spirit, and a “different” gospel. We need to be aware of this fact that speaking of Jesus does not make one a Christian, nor does it mean that one is speaking the truth about Jesus. As Jesus himself warned us in the Sermon on the Mount, there are wolves in the church who are masquerading as sheep and they are devouring the true sheep of God with their false teachings and deceptions. Use Paul’s words as a prayer asking God that you would not be deceived, that you would have a divine jealousy for your own soul, that you would be a chaste bride with a pure devotion to Christ.

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