Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2 Corinthians 12: Visions Miracles Apostles Credentials Sin

1: It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord[1] 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 knows such an one caught up to the third heaven 3: And I knew such a man whether in the body or out of the body I cannot tell God knows 4: How that he was caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable words which it is not lawful for a man to utter 5: Of such an one will I glory yet of myself I will not glory but in mine infirmities 6: For though I would desire to glory I shall not be a fool for I will speak the truth but now I forbear lest any should think of me above that which they see me to be or that they hear of me 7: 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 8: For this thing I implored the Lord three times that it might depart from me 9: And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weakness that the power of Christ may rest upon me 10: Therefore I take pleasure in weakness in reproach in necessities in persecution in distresses for Christ’s sake for when I am weak then am I strong 11: I am become a fool in glorying you have compelled me for I ought to have been commended by you[2] for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles though I be nothing 12: Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience in signs and wonders and mighty deeds 13: For what is it wherein you were inferior to other churches except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you forgive me this wrong 14: Behold the third time I am ready to come to you and I will not be burdensome to you for I seek not [what is] yours but you for the children ought not to lay up for the parents but the parents for the children 15: And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you though the more abundantly I love you the less I be loved 16: But be it so I did not burden you nevertheless being crafty I caught you with guile 17: Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you 18: 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 19: Again think ye that we excuse ourselves to you we speak before God in Christ but we do all things dearly beloved for your edifying 20: For I fear lest, when I come I shall not find you such as I would [hope] and that I shall be found unto you such as you would not lest there be debates envyings wraths strifes backbitings whisperings swellings tumults 21: 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

[1] Paul’s visions and revelations were all in line with what had already been written Isaiah 8:19-b-20. The insight he received simply shed more light on subjects that had already been alluded to or written about explicitly in the Towrah (Law) and the precepts (testimonies)—which were prophetic, and entirely about the person and redemptive work of Jesus, the Messiah Luke 24:27, Galatians 3:24, Hebrews 10:1 & 7, Revelation 19:10. 
[2] Paul not only gives his pedigree (albeit reluctantly), but also bluntly tells the Corinthians that they should be the ones commending him, rather than him reminding them of his credentials. He is battling for their souls against false teachers. 

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Friday, August 25, 2017

2 Corinthians 11: False Teachers Apostles

    1: Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly and indeed bear with me 2: For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ 3: But I fear lest by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety so your minds should be corrupted from the singlenessTYN that is in Christ 4: For if indeed [some] come [and] preach another Jesus whom we have not preached or if you receive another spirit which you have not received or another gospel which you have not accepted, [them] you might well tolerate 5: For I suppose I was not behind the chiefest apostles 6: But though I be rude in speech yet not in knowledge but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things 7: Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that you might be exalted because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely 8: I robbed other churches taking wages of them to do you service 9: And when I was present with you and lacked I was chargeable to none for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome to you and so will I keep myself 10: As the truth of Christ is in me none shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia 11: Why because I love you not God knows 12: But what I do that I will do that I may cut off occasion from them who desire opportunities that wherein they glory they may be found even as we 13: For such are false apostles deceitful workers transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ[1] 14: And no marvel for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light 15: Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness whose end shall be according to their works 16: I say again Let no one think me a fool if otherwise yet as a fool receive me that I may boast myself a little 17: That which I speak I speak it not after the Lord but as it were foolishly in this confidence of boasting 18: Seeing that many glory after the flesh I will glory also 19: For you gladly tolerate fools seeing you yourselves are wise 20: For you tolerate [it] if one brings you into bondage if some devour you if they take of you if they exalt themselves if they smite you on the face 21: I speak as concerning reproach as though we had been weak Howbeit wherever any are bold (I speak foolishly) I am bold also 22: Are they Hebrews So am I Are they Israelites So am I Are they the seed of Abraham so am I 23: Are they ministers of Christ (I speak as a fool) I am more in labors more abundant in stripes above measure in prisons more frequently in death often[2] 24: Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one 25: Three times was I beaten with rods once was I stoned three times I suffered shipwreck a night and a day I have been in the deep 26: In journeyings often in perils of waters in perils of robbers in perils by mine own countrymen in perils by the heathen in perils in the city in perils in the wilderness in perils in the sea in perils among false brethren 27: In labor and travail TYN in watchings often in hunger and thirst in fastings often in cold and nakedness 28: Besides the things which outwardly happen to me I am cumbered daily and do care for all the congregations 29: Who is sick and I am not sick Who is hurt in the faith and my heart burns not TYN 30: If I must needs glory I will glory of the things which concern my infirmities 31: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who is blessed for evermore knows that I lie not 32: In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes with a garrison desiring to apprehend me 33: And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall and escaped his hands

[1] The early church did not believe or teach that God only called the twelve as apostles. Indeed, the apostle Paul himself was not one of the twelve (original or otherwise). It was Matthias who took Judas’ place and was ordained as an apostle by the original eleven [who were inspired by prophecy to choose him]. Matthias did not lose his place as an apostle when Paul was born again and accepted that calling. At the very least, Paul would have been the 13th apostle [14th counting Judas]. The ministry gift of apostle is still active in the Church today, just as much as prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. The warning in this passage, is not against the ministry gift of apostle itself, but rather against false apostles.
[2] Paul died when he was stoned Acts 14:19-20, and, according to his own testimony, died more than once, likely a result of at least a few of the scourging’s. That would explain his visit to the third heaven, where he saw things he was not permitted to tell. Paul did not have an out of body experience. He actually died, went to Heaven, and rose from the dead.