For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached,1 or if you receive a different spirit2 from the one you received, or a different gospel3 from the one you accepted, you put up with it4 easily enough.
But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those "super-apostles."56
I may not be a trained speaker,6 but I do have knowledge.7 We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.
Was it a sin8 for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God9 to you free of charge?108
I robbed other churches by receiving support from them11 so as to serve you.
And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed.12 I have kept myself from being a burden to you13 in any way, and will continue to do so.
As surely as the truth of Christ is in me,14 nobody in the regions of Achaia15 will stop this boasting16 of mine.
Why? Because I do not love you? God knows17 I do!1812
And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about.
For such men are false apostles,19 deceitful20 workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.2114
And no wonder, for Satan22 himself masquerades as an angel of light.