10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 11 Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.
That is such a billy bad apple thing to say. Do you suppose if this were to be translated into the Message
"For they say, 'His blogs are bold, but in person he is a wimp, and he's not very imposing.' I would like them to know that what I blog on-line, I am in person."
Or something like that.
Paul had real authority because it was given to him by a real Authority. The only real authority in this world is that given to it from the Authority that made the world.
Governments, Pastors, Husbands, Parents, and Employers.
It's not a long list, but it's long enough that I can with confidence suspect that the person reading this blog has difficulty in honoring at least one of them.