2 Corinthians (127)
Paul spoke with authority - the authority of an apostle. We need to understand who the apostles were and the authority that Jesus gave to them.
Paul's critics sneered at Paul and called him ineffectual. But Paul knew that he had the authority, given to him by Jesus, to build up - or to tear down.
Paul is ready to go to war. And the weapons he has available are more powerful than the Corinthian believers imagine.
Proud people despised Paul for his meekness and gentleness. They forgot that he had real authority, given to him by the Lord Jesus. That authority was given to him so that he could build up but he could also use it to destroy.
The church in Corinth had taken one step forward under Paul's guidance. But was he satisfied? No, there was much more to be done.