Ye look at the outward appearance. If any one trusteth to himself that he belongeth to Christ, let him of himself consider this again, that as he belongeth to Christ, so also do we.
For we are not again commending ourselves to you, but giving you occasion to glory on our behalf; that ye may have somewhat to answer those who glory in outward appearance, and not in heart.
If any one thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him know surely that the directions I am writing to you are the Lords;
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as beside myself,) I am more; in labors more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often;
Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord?
What I mean is this, that each of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
And all their works they do to be observed by men. They make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge their fringes,
And he said to them, Ye are they who justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is highly exalted among men is an abomination before God.
For he is not a Jew, who is one outwardly, nor is that circumcision, which is outward, in the flesh;
But every one in his own order; Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christs, at his coming.
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I, who present indeed am lowly among you, but am bold toward you when absent;
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye did not receive, or another gospel, which ye did not accept, well might ye bear with it.
Seeing that many boast after the flesh, I will boast also.
I have become a fool; it is ye that compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the very foremost apostles, though I am nothing.
since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who towards you is not weak, but is mighty among you.
But I assure you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not after man;
to whom not even for an hour did we yield by the required subjection, that the truth of the gospel might still remain with you.