2 Corinthians 12:11 Empty – Except Christ

2 Corinthians 12:11 (KJV)
I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

There is so much humanity in this chapter it astounds me. There is so much here we would never wish our preachers to be. 

  • There is uncertainty 
  • There is weakness
  • There is submission 
  • There is prayer answered no
  • There is sympathy (the more I love..,)
  • There is irony
  • There is fearfulness 
  • There is humbling 

We like our preachers today to be leaders; strong, certain, victorious. Paul really was none of those. 

Now consider our primary text. Notice the dichotomy of the passage. Paul admitted coming behind the other apostles in nothing. He was not afraid to assert his position. In the same breath, Paul said that he was nothing. This is the great need of preachers today. We need to accept our calling with confidence while at the same time remembering we are, but vessels, empty of anything valuable except Christ. 

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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