ST. PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS 11:1-6
Brethren, I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!
I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough.
I think that I am not in the least inferior to these superlative apostles.
Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
The Lord said to his disciples, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.