Second Corinthians 12 – 13

2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient [appropriate] for me doubtless to [engage in self glorying] glory [therefore] I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Paul now speaks of someone [probably John and Revelation] who had had a vision of God’s Heaven.

23:2 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.

The first heaven being the atmosphere; the second being outer space; and the third being the place of God the Father’s throne.

12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

Paul says that such a man’s vision was impressive, but it is better to glory in God than in any experience of men.

12:6 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. 12:7 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.

Paul was allowed to suffer physically to keep him humble, lest he should glory over the multitude of visions and revelations that he had received from Christ. Other scriptures indicate that this suffering was a matter of bad eyesight or near blindness; from having seen Christ in a measure of his glory.

12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in [God’s power is revealed by God working through us in our weakness] weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

12:10 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.

Paul takes pleasure in his personal trials and weakness, because he knows that because of these things men will glorify God and will NOT glorify him. It was in him to give all glory to God and to seek none for himself. May God grant us all to have such an honest and pure humility before God.

God calls the weak and lowly to the faith and he calls the weak and lowly to be his apostles, prophets and elders so that in their weakness God’s power and glory will be revealed.

When a weak man accomplishes great things; it becomes obvious to all that the great thing was NOT done by the doing of the man, but was done by God using that man as God’s tool.

True men of God will always exalt God and will point all people to put God first and to live by every Word of God, they will never exalt themselves.  When a person constantly declares himself to be an apostle or prophet and continually points people to himself he is very probably a false apostle or false prophet.

12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: [They should have respected what Paul had done and should not have forced Paul to remind them of the works of a true apostle of God; for they are the works of God made evident through a man, and NOT the works of the man himself.] for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

12:13 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.

12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours [Paul did not desire their possessions], but you [their good] : for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

A true godly leader pours himself out for God and those that are God’s people, just as Jesus Christ set us an example to do.

12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less [you seem to love me] I be loved.

12:16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile [enticed them to godliness through wise conduct]. 12:17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 12:18 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? 

Paul and Titus both acted in the same way toward the Corinthians.

12:19 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 [we did everything for your benefit].

12:20 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:

12:21 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.

Paul fears that many have been turned away from the truth and from Godly conduct, by false teachers and the false reasoning’s of men who desire to gain a following for themselves.

Today’s spiritual Ekklesdia is filled with idolatry of men and spiritual adultery as well as all of the sins [both physically and spiritually] mentioned by Paul.

Worldly men will lean to their own understanding and traditions and will compromise with the Word and Commandments of God to follow a false teacher setting himself up as the world’s ultimate moral authority in place of God.

 

2 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

Paul warns them that he will not spare the sinful from sharp rebuke when he comes to visit them.

Jesus Christ will not spare those who will not repent of their lukewarmness to live by every Word of God.

Today we have been warned; and when Christ returns, many will fall as he divides the faithful from the faithless.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

2 Corinthians 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Just as God the Father resurrected Jesus Christ to life as a spirit; God will raise his faithful in a resurrection to spirit: If we are faithful to live by EVERY WORD of GOD in Christ-like zeal.

13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

If Christ be dwelling within us, we will be doing the same things that Christ did through his indwelling power: We will be living by every Word of God the Father just like Jesus Christ did!

13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

The faithful are to be zealous for the TRUTH of the whole Word of God, and are NEVER to break or compromise with any part of the whole Word of God. To reject any part of the Word of God is to reject truth for falsehood and error, which is a great sin.

13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

The instruction and correction of Paul was not intended to damage anyone, but was for the purpose of perfecting the saints and rooting out error, so that we may all appear before God in the Great Rejoicing of the resurrection to spirit!

13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind [we are to be of one doctrine in complete unity with Jesus Christ and with God the Father], live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

Consider that if we are ONE in complete unity with God; then God is ONE in unity with us!

Therefore if we seek God the Father and Jesus Christ with all our beings, and we diligently seek out godly righteousness through a passionate love for godliness, and we dedicatedly live by every Word of God the Father:  We will be reconciled with God the Father and all those united with God will also be united with one another!

13:13 All the saints salute you. 13:1 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen

The Holy Spirit leads us to passionately obey God and to Live by Every Word of God without any compromise or hint of turning aside.  Any spirit that teaches to tolerate sin, is NOT the Holy Spirit: It is the spirit of Antichrist!  

Deuteronomy 5:32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

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