Indeed bear with me

In II Corinthians 11:1 the Apostle Paul asks the church to bear with him a little in his folly. He asks, “Would you patiently endure a little foolishness on my part?” Then he goes on to tell them why he would have them to “bear with him” in his foolishness. Paul tells them I am jealous over you. The word “jealous” is often misinterpreted not just in the Biblical sense but also the secular.

The most common definition of jealous is – this person is mine, leave them alone, they are for me alone and I own them. Paul is using the word in a very different sense. He has a “jealous fear”. He is concerned for the Spiritual well being of the Corinthian church.

Paul says, “I have a Godly jealousy for you.” Paul is saying he does not want the serpent (Satan) that beguiled Eve through deceit to, with his craftiness (subtlety) corrupt your minds from the truth of the Word of God. Paul’s jealousy is a vigilant guarding jealousy, not of possession, but of the greatest concern.

Paul has a very good reason for his jealousy. He says, “I have espoused (promised) you to one husband, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now he has to get the bride (church) ready for the Groom (Jesus).”

He and preachers of the Gospel are charged with the responsibility of getting the bride ready for the groom through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Paul wants the church to be chaste (pure from every fault). Paul wrote to the Ephesians “That he might sanctify and cleanse it, (church) with the washing of the water by the Word.”

I would to our God that I could get people to understand how much they need to be under the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. It is absolutely essential to a good healthy relationship with our Lord. Christ died for the church. We are the bride of Christ. This being of a truth, we would not under any circumstances treat our wives or our husbands with unfaithfulness. God does not want us to be unfaithful to Him either.