Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 2 Corinthians
Book: 2 Corinthians
Chapter: 10

The Apostle states his authority with Meekness and Humility.
(1-6) Reasons with the Corinthians. (7-11) Seeks the Glory of
God, and to be approved of him. (12-18)

1-6 While others thought meanly, and spake scornfully of the
Apostle, he had low thoughts, and spake humbly of himself. We
should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of
ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry
is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual
purposes. Outward force is not the method of the Gospel, but
strong persuasions, By the power of Truth and the Meekness of
Wisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only; and people must
be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven By force. Thus
the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of
Truth is convincing. What opposition is made against the Gospel,
By the powers of Sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe
the conquest the Word of God gains. The appointed means, however
feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the
preaching of the Cross, By men of Faith and Prayer, has always
been fatal to Idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.

7-11 In outward appearance, Paul was mean and despised in the
eyes of some, but this was a false rule to Judge By. We must not
think that none outward appearance, as if the want of such
things proved a Man not to be a real Christian, or an able,
Faithful Minister of the lowly Saviour.

12-18 If we would compare ourselves with others who excel us,
this would be a good method to keep us humble. The Apostle fixes
a good rule for his conduct; namely, not to boast of things
without his Measure, which was the Measure God had distributed
to him. There is not a more fruitful source of error, than to
Judge of persons and opinions By our own prejudices. How common
is it for persons to Judge of their own religious character, By
the opinions and maxims of the world around them! But how
different is the rule of God's Word! And of all flattery,
self-flattery is the worst. Therefore, instead of praising
ourselves, we should strive to approve ourselves to God. In a
Word, let us Glory in the Lord our Salvation, and in all other
things only as evidences of his Love, or means of promoting his
Glory. Instead of praising ourselves, or seeking the praise of
men, let us desire that honour which cometh from God only.