The church at Corinth had received the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and also blessed with supernatural gifts through the ministry of Paul (1 Corinthians 1:4 -7); but they still tended towards immaturity, immorality and factionism. Some were no longer submitting to Paul’s apostolic authority and were being seduced by false teachers. Paul, though in much grief and disappointment, yet he gently admonished (chastised) them.
1 Corinthians 4.14 -15 [KJV] – “I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though ye should have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the gospel.”
Paul loved them passionately; he was a spiritual father to them, He had begotten them through the gospel and had also exposed them to the things of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 11: 2 – 3 [KJV] – “For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin”.
Jealousy here means to be “vigilant in guarding something; intolerant of disloyalty or infidelity”. Paul was jealous over them like the jealousy of a groom towards his bride. A bride is meant for her groom only; faithful, devoted, committed and permanent.
Paul would not allow or entertain false teachers. The jealous of God in him fought and flushed all of them out. While many were merging Judaism with Christianity and some were turning the spiritual gifts into occasions of vanity and display; Paul kept correcting, teaching rebuking, praying for them for one goal – To present them as a pure virgin unto Christ. The jealousy of God stands against anything contrary to the written word.
Paul was the father of the bride [The church at Corinth]. He was a jealous spiritual father; he had an ultimate task and would never let any slip away. Godly jealousy is pure love at work; it compels us to keep up with the work of soul saving, building, equipping and also interceding for those God had made us custodians.
We see that attribute in the Father. John 6: 39 [KJV] – And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
It is God’s will that none should be lost. God is jealous over everyone that has come to Him through his son, Jesus; and He will keep and save to the uttermost [Hebrews 7: 25].
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