12 And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.
False teachers had infiltrated the Corinthian church by the time Paul wrote the second letter to the Corinthians. Paul refers to them sardonically as “super-apostles,” not because they really were apostles but because they were self-aggrandizing pretenders. As a true apostle, he wants to show that he operates on a totally different level from the false teachers. They aren’t who they claim to be. They are not like Paul. They are not apostles. They are not faithful preachers of Christ. They may claim to be, but they are none of these things.
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
Some commentators think that Paul is speaking here like Jesus spoke to Peter when he told him, “Get behind me Satan” (Matt. 16:23). Ultimately, Peter…