We have noticed with the Corinthian Christians that boasting is a problem in this church. Not only are they boasting in themselves and in their works, but they are denigrating Paul and the apostles because of their sufferings. In particular, Paul is denigrated for not having flair, style, entertainment value, and eloquence. The charge of his critics is specifically quoted in 2 Corinthians 10:10.
For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” (2 Corinthians 10:10 ESV)
What Paul is going to do in this chapter is teach these Christians what false and true servants of God look like. Since the critics of Paul are trying to claim their value and importance to this church and are discrediting Paul, Paul will spend his time describing true and false disciples so that the church can properly evaluate what Paul has done for them and what these critics are doing.
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