2 Corinthians 12 Outline
– Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)
– Paul is prepared to visit the Corinthians for the third time (2 Corinthians 12:11-21)
2 Corinthians 12 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 12:1-6, the false apostles had boasted about having visions and revelations. Now, Paul want to boast about his visions and revelations from God as well. Paul recounted his experience of being lifted into the third heaven, which is the kingdom of God, heaven where God reign and rules/ The first heaven is the sky. The second heaven is the milky way. The third heaven is heaven, where the souls of the redeemed go after death. Paul did not mention his name because he did not want to boast about himself. Paul revealed this vision for the benefit of the Christians. In addition, because of this vision, Paul had become an apostle and it gives him strength to endure all kinds of trials and tribulations and finish the race of his life.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, to prevent Paul from becoming proud, God put a thorn in his flesh. There is no mention as to what affliction Paul suffered from. Paul pleaded with God to remove this affliction from him but God replied his grace is sufficient for him because his power is made perfect in his weaknesses. God bestows his grace upon us to show that he approve of us. God’s grace ia available to us no matter even if we sin. When you have faith in God, God’s grace will fill up the areas of our insufficiencies. God’s grace give us strength so that we can do all things through him. Through the infirmities, Paul became humble and he learned to depend on God’s grace and strength. This is why Paul delight in weaknesses. When you rejoice in your sufferings, it will become a testimony to others. Satan is happy when we become disappointed and depressed in the troubles we face instead of trusting in God and rejoicing in our sufferings.
In 2 Corinthians 12:11-13, Paul was forced to boast to the Corinthians so that it made him look as though a fool. The Corinthians did not regard Paul as an apostle because they were influenced by the prominent false apostles. Paul said he is inferior to the false apostles among them only because he did not accept any money from the Corinthian Christians.
In 2 Corinthians 12:14-18, Paul is ready to visit the Corinthians for the third time. Paul does not want to be a burden to the Corinthians. Paul was like a spiritual father to the Corinthians because he founded the church and the Corinthians were like his spiritual children. Paul is sending Titus and another brother to the Corinthian church.
In 2 Corinthians 12:19-21, Paul wanted to make it clear that what he said in the letter is not for defending himself to them but that it is the truth. Paul is afraid that he won’t find the Corinthians as he want them to be for there may be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, and tumults.