In 2 Corinthians 6 Paul responds to accusations by a group referring to themselves as “super apostles”. These men were using Paul’s persecution as evidence that against him that God’s hand of blessing was not on Paul and therefore, whatever authority Paul may have had was now transferred to them. This situation reminds us of Job’s situation with his friends Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. These so called friends of Job heaped more pain upon Job because of their carnal minded assumptions about how God orders the world of those who follow Him. The chastisement for Job’s friends is not lite.
Paul points to his sufferings not as evidence that he is being cursed by God but rather as evidence that He, Paul, is leading out of integrity. Paul’s commitment to the gospel is not based on superficial circumstances. Paul is not willing to change his message because preaching the message results in heavy persecution. Paul is not willing to abort his ministry because others seem to have more success. Paul is leading out of integrity. His commitment to preach the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ is sure!