A different Jesus and gospel (2 Cor. 11:4)

“If someone comes

And preaches

Another Jesus

Than the one we preached,

Or if you receive

A different spirit

From the one you received,

Or if you accept

A different gospel

From the one you accepted,

You submit to it readily enough.”

εἰ μὲν γὰρ ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἄλλον Ἰησοῦν κηρύσσει ὃν οὐκ ἐκηρύξαμεν, ἢ πνεῦμα ἕτερον λαμβάνετε ὃ οὐκ ἐλάβετε, ἢ εὐαγγέλιον ἕτερον ὃ οὐκ ἐδέξασθε, καλῶς ἀνέχεσθε.

Paul said that if someone comes (εἰ μὲν γὰρ ὁ ἐρχόμενος) and preaches (κηρύσσει) another Jesus (ἄλλον Ἰησοῦν) than the one we preached (ὃν οὐκ ἐκηρύξαμεν), or if you receive (λαμβάνετε) a different spirit (ἢ πνεῦμα ἕτερον) from the one you received (ὃ οὐκ ἐλάβετε), or if you accept a different gospel (ἢ εὐαγγέλιον ἕτερον) from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough (καλῶς ἀνέχεσθε).  Paul now criticized them for accepting another version of Jesus than the one he had preached to them.  This distorted message meant that they received a different Holy Spirit than the spirit that he had given them.  They had accepted a different gospel story about Jesus than what Paul had preached.  In other words, Paul was upset that some Christian apostles were preaching things about Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the gospel that differed from Paul.  By Paul’s implication, these were false prophets.  However, what really bothered Paul was that these Corinthians had accepted these false apostles and their teachings.  Do you think that there is more than one version of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the gospel?

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