2 Corinthians 12
(12:2-4) There were these guys that Paul once knew, but he just can't remember whether
it was in or out of the body. It was sort of an out of body experience. Anyway, one of these guys was way
up in the third heaven and the other guy was in paradise. He heard stuff, too, but it's illegal to talk about it.
(12:2) "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body,
I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven."
(12:3) "And I knew such a man, (Whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth.)"
(12:4) "He was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and
revelations of the Lord.
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I
cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such
an one caught up to the third heaven.
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot
tell: God knoweth;)
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words,
which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say
the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that
which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of
Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.||
(12:7) "There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of
Satan to buffet me."|
Strange Flesh: Paul's thorn
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.||
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is
made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.||
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities,
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then
am I strong.||
|12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have
been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest
apostles, though I be nothing.||
(12:11) "I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me."
Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in
signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.||
For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be
that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.||
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be
burdensome to you: for I seek not yours but you: for the children ought not
to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.||
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more
abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.||
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you
(12:16) "Being crafty, I caught you with guile."
Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of
you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?||
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in
Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.||
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and
that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates,
envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:||
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I
shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the
uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.