5:12 who boast about outward appearance. This is the world’s method of evaluation, contrary to that of a true apostle, who endures troubles by focusing on the unseen and eternal (4:18). The false apostles at Corinth (11:13) were also typical representatives of the world, taking pride in their outward appearance, relying on the self, and loving money, power, and prestige. If the Corinthians understood Paul’s self-defense in a spiritual way, they would have an answer for the false apostles and their superficial standards of judgment (1 Sam. 16:7).