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2 Corinthians 10

Paul Describes Himself

1Now I, Paul, urge you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am meek [so they say] when with you face to face, but bold [outspoken and fearless] toward you when absent! I ask that when I do come I will not be driven to the boldness that I intend to show toward those few who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh [like men without the Spirit]. For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete.

You are looking [only] at the outward appearance of things. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, he should reflect and consider this, that just as he is Christ’s, so too are we. For even though I boast rather freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed [of the truth], nor do I want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters; 10 for they say, “His letters are weighty and forceful and impressive, but his [a]personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible [of no account].” 11 Let such people realize that what we say by word in letters when we are absent, is the same as what we are in action when present.

12 We do not have the audacity to put ourselves in the same class or compare ourselves with some who [supply testimonials to] commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they lack wisdom and behave like fools. 13 We, on the other hand, will not boast beyond our proper limit, but [will keep] within the [b]limits of our commission (territory, authority) which God has granted to us as a measure, which reaches and includes even you. 14 We are not overstepping the limits of our province, as if we did not [legitimately] reach to you, for we were the [very] first to come even as far as you with the good news of Christ. 15 We do not go beyond our proper limit, boasting in the work of other men, but we have the hope that as your faith [in Christ and His divine power] continues to grow, our field among you may be greatly expanded [but still within the limits of our commission], 16 so that we may preach the gospel even in the lands beyond you, but not to boast in work already accomplished in another one’s field of activity. 17 However, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not he who commends and praises himself who is approved [by God], but it is the one whom the Lord commends and praises.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Corinthians 10:10 Among the Greeks, a speaker’s presence and delivery were as important as his message, as the orator Demosthenes made clear when he said that the three most important elements of a speech are delivery, delivery, and delivery. However, Paul did not follow these rules because the message of salvation does not need to be presented with fanfare in order to reach the hearts of the audience.
  2. 2 Corinthians 10:13 I.e. ministry to the Gentiles.

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2 Corintios 10

Pablo defiende su ministerio

1Por la ternura y la bondad de Cristo, yo, Pablo, apelo a ustedes personalmente; yo mismo que, según dicen, soy tímido cuando me encuentro cara a cara con ustedes pero atrevido cuando estoy lejos. Les ruego que cuando vaya no tenga que ser tan atrevido como me he propuesto ser con algunos que opinan que vivimos según criterios meramente *humanos, pues aunque vivimos en el *mundo, no libramos batallas como lo hace el mundo. Las armas con que luchamos no son del mundo, sino que tienen el poder divino para derribar fortalezas. Destruimos argumentos y toda altivez que se levanta contra el conocimiento de Dios, y llevamos cautivo todo pensamiento para que se someta a Cristo. Y estamos dispuestos a castigar cualquier acto de desobediencia una vez que yo pueda contar con la completa obediencia de ustedes.

Fíjense en lo que está a la vista.[a] Si alguno está convencido de ser de Cristo, considere esto de nuevo: nosotros somos tan de Cristo como él. No me avergonzaré de *jactarme de nuestra autoridad más de la cuenta, autoridad que el Señor nos ha dado para la edificación y no para la destrucción de ustedes. No quiero dar la impresión de que trato de asustarlos con mis cartas, 10 pues algunos dicen: «Sus cartas son duras y fuertes, pero él en persona no impresiona a nadie, y como orador es un fracaso.» 11 Tales personas deben darse cuenta de que lo que somos por escrito estando ausentes, lo seremos con hechos estando presentes.

12 No nos atrevemos a igualarnos ni a compararnos con algunos que tanto se recomiendan a sí mismos. Al medirse con su propia medida y compararse unos con otros, no saben lo que hacen. 13 Nosotros, por nuestra parte, no vamos a jactarnos más de lo debido. Nos limitaremos al campo que Dios nos ha asignado según su medida, en la cual también ustedes están incluidos. 14 Si no hubiéramos estado antes entre ustedes, se podría alegar que estamos rebasando estos límites, cuando lo cierto es que fuimos los primeros en llevarles el *evangelio de Cristo. 15 No nos jactamos desmedidamente a costa del trabajo que otros han hecho. Al contrario, esperamos que, según vaya creciendo la fe de ustedes, también nuestro campo de acción entre ustedes se amplíe grandemente, 16 para poder predicar el evangelio más allá de sus regiones, sin tener que jactarnos del trabajo ya hecho por otros. 17 Más bien, «Si alguien ha de gloriarse, que se gloríe en el Señor».[b] 18 Porque no es aprobado el que se recomienda a sí mismo sino aquel a quien recomienda el Señor.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Corintios 10:7 Fíjense … vista. Alt. Ustedes se fijan en las apariencias.
  2. 2 Corintios 10:17 Jer 9:24