Paul goes on to talk more his excellent apostolic resume.
Unlike the false apostles in Corinth, Paul doesn't think grandiose displays of religiousness mean anything. He actually thinks the opposite is true. The worse off you have it, the more you're in with God. Okay, just hear him out…
Paul doesn't claim to have done anything miraculous or magnificent or amazing. Instead, he talks up all the hardships he's gone through. This guy has suffered. He's been thrown in prison, beaten, starved, gone without sleep, and whole bunch of other bad stuff. But everything he's done, he's done to bring the truth about God to the world.
That, in Paul's opinion, is true devotion to God. Paul doesn't just get the perks that go with the job—he's also doing some pretty heavy lifting. He does have a point.
Paul's laid it all on the line here.
Now, he just has one piece of advice for the Corinthians: patch things up with your apostle, guys. Um, that would be Paul.
The Corinthians shouldn't lump themselves in with these false apostles, who Paul calls "unbelievers." Harsh, Paul.
Christians are all holy and awesome and devoted to God. But these false apostles are bottom feeders. Don't believe the hype.