Chapter # 11 Paragraph # 5 Study # 7
October 20, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<538> Thesis: The problem of "highmindedness" is no small matter. Introduction: As we have been working our way through Paul's presentation of the difficulties of life by faith, I have been impressed with how focused he seemed to be on the "problem" of people thinking too highly of themselves. In our current context, he demanded of his Gentile readers that they "boast not against" the Jews who had so obviously missed the boat "T"heologically (11:18). Then, within two verses, he turned right around and wrote as though his readers "skipped" that demand. He insisted in 11:20 that his readers "be not highminded". Then, in just five verses further on, he pointedly declared that if his readers were "ignorant" of what he was writing to them, they would be "wise in their own conceits" (11:25), not as a "possible" problem, but as an almost inevitable one. Clearly Paul felt like "being smug" is a constant temptation. So, how did he handle it? Interestingly, he handled it by pushing the "insecurity" envelope. There is something here we need to try to understand. So, this evening we are going to look into this approach by the apostle.