Ye look at things according to appearance. If anyone has trusted to himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again with himself, that, as he is Christ's, so also are we.
We are not again commending ourselves to you, but giving you occasion of glorying on our behalf, that ye may have something suited to those who glory in appearance, and not in heart.
If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge the things that I write to you, that they are the Lord's commandment;
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as beside myself) I am more; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often;
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are ye not my work in the Lord?
Now I mean this: that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul;" and "I of Apollos;" and "I of Cephas:" and "I of Christ!"
But all their works they do with the view to be seen by men; for they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge their fringes;
And He said to them, "Ye are those who justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts; because that which is 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 flesh;
but each in his own rank; Christ, the First-fruit; then those who are Christ's at His coming.
Now I, Paul, myself entreat you, through the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in your presence, indeed, am lowly among you; but, being absent, am bold toward you;
For, if he that comes preaches another Jesus, Whom we did not preach; or, if ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different Gospel, which ye did not accept; well do ye bear with him.
Since many glory according to the flesh, I also will glory;
I have become foolish; ye compelled me; for I ought to be commended by you; for in nothing was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even if I am nothing.
since ye seek a proof of Christ's speaking in me, Who toward you is not weak, but is powerful in you;
For I make known to you, brethren, that the Gospel which was proclaimed by me is not according to man;
to whom not even for an hour did we yield in subjection, that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you.