We have assigned limits (2 Cor. 10:13)


We will not boast

Beyond limits.

We will keep

To the limits

That God has assigned us,

To reach out

Even as far as you.”

ἡμεῖς δὲ οὐκ εἰς τὰ ἄμετρα καυχησόμεθα, ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τοῦ κανόνος οὗ ἐμέρισεν ἡμῖν ὁ Θεὸς μέτρου, ἐφικέσθαι ἄχρι καὶ ὑμῶν.

Paul said that we will not boast beyond limits (ἡμεῖς δὲ οὐκ εἰς τὰ ἄμετρα καυχησόμεθα).  We will keep to the limits (ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τοῦ κανόνος) that God has assigned us (οὗ ἐμέρισεν ἡμῖν ὁ Θεὸς μέτρου), to reach out even as far as you (ἐφικέσθαι ἄχρι καὶ ὑμῶν).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἄμετρα, that means without measure, not measurable, immeasurable, to a limitless degree, and the word κανόνος, that means a rule, regulation, rule of conduct or doctrine, a measured defined area, or province, as well as the word ἐφικέσθαι, that means to arrive upon, to reach as far as.  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχησόμεθα, that means to boast or exult proudly.  Paul explained that he was not going to boast to a limitless degree.  He was going to keep to the limits that God had assigned to him.  He had only reached out to them, the Corinthians.  He was not going to go into another missionary area where others had brought Christianity.  He was going to give God full credit for what happened, not some other humans.  Paul was obviously upset about other so-called apostles causing problems in Corinth.  Do you recognize your human limitations?

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