William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 10:8 - 10:8

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William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 10:8 - 10:8


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As if the apostle had said. I have not only an equal power and authority with those which despise me (the false teachers) but I have an authority and power which they cannot, dare not, will not pretend unto; namely, the power to inflict corporal punishments upon obstinate and contumacious offenders, and delivering them up to Satan: which power, if at any time I make use of, it is for edification, not for destruction. This rod is not to be used rashly, but discreetly, by me.

Observe we, and learn from hence, an excellent rule, Never to handle the censures of the church (those edge-tools) but with care and caution, with an intention to reform, not to ruin; to save, not destroy: The church's power is for edification, not for destruction.