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Paul’s Letters

What evidence did Paul provide to prove how authentic he was in his ministry?

He reminded them of some of the bad things he experienced while spreading the Gospel. At the beginning of the letter Paul wrote, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.” (NIV, II Corinthians 1:8) Later, he described the threats he faced in more detail:

“Five times I have received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from bandits, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers and sisters; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, hungry and thirsty, often without food, cold and naked.” (NRSV, II Corinthians 11:24–28)



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