But Paul knew, so he rejoiced even in his thorn in the flesh. They might compare their importance, the size of their churches, or what results they are achieving. It is authored by Paul the Apostle and Timothy (2 Corinthians 1:1) in Macedonia in 55–56 CE. I shall be found by you such as you do not wish, : Looking forward to his next visit, Paul warns the Corinthian Christians. Please read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 completely before beginning. Not for his sake, but for the sake of the Corinthian Christians. Paul’s continued – even forced – dependence upon God made him stronger than he would have ever been if his revelations had made him proud and self-sufficient. It wasn’t so much that the presence of the most eminent apostles bothered Paul. His heavenly vision was a secret until now, but everyone saw the, . His heart was for them, not for himself. Biblical Translations of 2 Corinthians 12:9. He says that he was full of sadness and terror, but suddenly these words broke in upon him with great power, and three times together the words sounded in his ears, “My grace is sufficient for thee; my grace is sufficient for thee; my grace is sufficient for thee.” And “Oh! God wanted everyone with any kind of thorn in the flesh to be able to put themselves in Paul’s shoes. 2 Corinthians 1:12 ff; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 2 Corinthians 12:19) and his deep desire to have this oneness in spirit with the Corinthians restored (e.g. If Paul's opponents, the most eminent apostles mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11:5 and 12:11, were to speak honestly, they would say: "We do all things, beloved, for … (NASB: Lockman)Greek: kai eireken moi, Arkei soi e charis mou; e gar dunamis en astheneia teleitai. “Paul is only a faint shadow of the Lord Jesus; and if these qualities are found in his life, it is only because they were found completely in the life of Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Redpath). In fact, they would write books, make tapes and videos, and go on speaking tours about such a vision! You thought, “His grace was sufficient once, His grace may be sufficient again, but not now, not with what I am going through.” Despite that feeling, God’s word stands. You can be the “you” in for you. Here are noticed several sins commonly found among professors of religion. We often close our ears to God if He responds in a way we did not hope for or expect. Study Resources:: Text Commentaries:: Chuck Smith:: 2 Corinthians ... Sermon Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:9 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "ALL SUFFICIENT GRACE" I. 12 I must go on boasting. He defines the nature of his project and unmistakably labels it as folly at the beginning and the end (2 Cor 11:16–23; 12:11). Biblical Commentary (Bible study) 2 Corinthians 4:5-12. The apostle gives an account of the method God took to keep him humble, and to prevent his being lifted up above measure, on account of the visions and revelations he had. g. Did I take advantage of you? God’s grace is sufficient for you! Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing: If Paul thought his “boasting” was foolish, why did he do it at all? Some have thought that Paul spoke seriously here and admitted that he was crafty and used guile in his ministry to the Corinthian Christians. John Piper Mar 17, 2019 2.8K Shares Sermon. Instead, he would very gladly spend and be spent for your souls. In light of his life and accomplishments, we would say that Paul was a very strong man. Bookmarks Edit. It means He loves us and is pleased by us. Chapter 11. You thought, “His grace, sufficient for you.” Spurgeon wrote, “It is easy to believe in grace for the past and the future, but to rest in it for the immediate necessity is true faith. i. Paul was desperate in his desire to find relief from this burden, but there are two ways of relief. ii. But we do understand that such experiences are, , they are almost always limited to the person who receives the. Chapter 5. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. "THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS" Chapter Twelve OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To understand why the Lord allowed Paul to suffer so much persecution 2) To see why Paul took pleasure in his infirmities suffered for Christ's sake SUMMARY We find Paul compelled to continue his "foolish boasting". For I ought to have been commended by you; for # 1 Cor. Chapter 12. The women who came to visit Jesus’ tomb had a vision of angels (Luke 24:22-24). These verses show us two examples regarding prayer: First, it illustrates how God can respond to our prayers, and second, how Paul reacted to God's answer. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that. We, like Paul, want God to remove our afflictions any time we are in discomfort, but especially when the affliction is chronic and, we feel, inhibits accomplishment. The worst form of trial may, nevertheless, be our best present portion.” (Spurgeon). As much as anything, the worldliness of the Corinthian Christians grieved Paul and made him mourn for many. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. So, he sarcastically asks their forgiveness: Forgive me this wrong! 2 Corinthians 12 – The Strength of Grace in Weakness A. Paul’s vision and its legacy in his life. They were, inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. “From all this I gather, that the worst trial a man may have may be the best possession he has in this world; that the messenger of Satan may be as good to him as his guardian angel; that it may be as well for him to be buffeted of Satan as ever it was to be caressed of the Lord himself; that it may be essential to our soul’s salvation that we should do business not only on deep waters, but on waters that cast up mire and dirt. This isn’t Christian maturity at all. It was the grace-filled Paul who said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13), ii. Night. (1-6) Which were improved to his spiritual advantage. So, he sarcastically asks their forgiveness: 1. a. Many suggest that it was a physical or mental ailment. (Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-6) There can be no doubt the apostle speaks of himself. Is your thorn worse than Paul’s or worse than many others who have known the triumph of Jesus? Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Um Ihnen zuhause die Wahl des richtigen Produkts wenigstens etwas abzunehmen, haben unsere Produktanalysten schließlich den Sieger des Vergleichs gekürt, welcher ohne Zweifel von all den getesteten Corinthians extrem auffällig ist - vor allen Dingen im Testkriterium Preis-Leistung. d. For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches: If Paul is inferior in any way, it is only in that he refused to take money from the Corinthian Christians. In this pattern, some of us treat God the same way we treat our parents. And I shall mourn for many: If the Corinthian Christians were mired in their worldliness when Paul came the third time, he would be angry, and he would be firm. He would have reason to think, “I must not be a very good apostle or leader because these Corinthian Christians will not respond to me.” That was not the whole truth, but it would still humble Paul. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Textual witnesses. What will Jesus fail at? What can the world do to such a man so firm in the grip of Jesus? D Edmond Hiebert - A voluminous conservative Lutheran exposition. Are you so different? But because he transitions into the first person in verse seven, we may be assured that he really writes about himself. * [11:16–12:10] Paul now accepts the challenge of his opponents and indulges in boasting similar to theirs, but with differences that he has already signaled in 2 Cor 10:12–18 and that become clearer as he proceeds. Die Betreiber dieses Portals begrüßen Sie auf unserer Webpräsenz. ii. Not that it will be some day, but right now, at this moment, His grace is sufficient. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . (11-21)1-6 There can be no doubt the apostle speaks of himself. i. You thought something had to change before His grace would be enough. iii. 12 I must go on boasting. e. Lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you: If the Corinthian Christians were still stuck in their worldly thinking, Paul would be humbled among them. (7-10) The signs of an apostle were in him, His purpose of making them a visit; but he expresses his fear lest he should have to be severe with some. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. God allowed it to show a divine strength in Paul. : You may emphasize any aspect of this you please. Did we not walk in the same spirit? Yet even if we were to grow to the spiritual strength and maturity of a Paul, God would say to us as well: “I need to keep you depending on Me in everything. Once we’re mature and once we have overcome certain obstacles in life, we can shake off God just the same as we shook off the authority of our parents. We are not capable, nor is it fit we should yet know, the particulars of that glorious place and state. : Paul is worried that he will find the same old problems among the Corinthian Christians when he visits a third time and that they would still be unrepentant. f. Who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced: Paul’s anger and mourning would not be directed to those who had sinned. He will continue his previous practice among the Corinthian Christians of supporting himself and he, to a congregation by receiving support when it is not appropriate or by receiving too much support. As if a little fish could swim in the ocean and fear lest it might drink it dry! c. For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish: Paul is worried that he will find the same old problems among the Corinthian Christians when he visits a third time and that they would still be unrepentant. © 2020 Christianity.com. Are you beyond it? This time he emphasizes the importance of humility for maintaining transparency. 50. v. Commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:1-6. If an answer be not given to the first prayer, nor to the second, we are to continue praying. i. While the first letter is characterised by authority and doctrine the second letter shows much more the inner motives of Paul's service for the Lord (e.g. St. Paul mentions some wonderful revelations which he had received from the Lord, 2 Corinthians 12:1-5. Instead, it is as if Paul is saying, “You Corinthian Christians are not mature enough to support me yet. (1-6) Paul reluctantly describes his vision. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. i. Paul had this heart, even though the Corinthian Christians were unappreciative. “My grace is sufficient for you.” Whose grace is it? ii. They are shepherds, not hirelings. They would not hesitate to, about the kind of vision Paul had. Paul was afforded a unique role in the administration of the Christian Church, for not only was he the ONLY God-appointed apostle, who did not accompany Christ, throughout His earthly ministry.. but he was also a murdering, hostile antagonist of the gospel-of-Christ, at the time that the church was born - at Pentecost. in his ministry to the Corinthian Christians. where God lives. There may be fears within, as well as fightings without; yet we are not destroyed. John had many visions on Patmos (Revelation 1:1). A list of the best commentaries on 2 Corinthians ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. (7-10) The signs of an apostle were in him, His purpose of making them a visit; but he expresses his fear lest he should have to be severe with some. Paul did not ask for perfection; he only asked for repentance. The whole point of the passage is that if Paul didn’t know, we can’t know. And if they did, each of them would, ii. And I will not be burdensome to you: Paul lets the Corinthian Christians know that when he comes, though he will receive a collection for the saints in Judea (2 Corinthians 8), he will not receive money from them for his personal support. The epistles are divided into convenient paragraphs, with the material under each section appearing in three parts, exegetical and critical, doctrinal and ethical, homiletical and practical. Certainly, he would have appreciated it, but more for what it, very gladly spend and be spent for your souls. John Piper May 28, 2018 3.1K Shares Sermon. For when I am weak, then I am strong. “In the Christian perspective there is no place for the aimless non-resistance of dispirited resignation.” (Hughes). Transparency and Humility (2 Corinthians 4) In chapter 4 Paul returns to the theme of transparency, as we noted in our discussion of 2 Corinthians 1:12–23. When church leaders compare themselves 2 Corinthians 10:12. 2 Corinthians (Crossway Classic Commentaries, Band 12) | Alister Mcgrath, J. I. Packer, Charles Hodge | ISBN: 9780891078685 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. The grace God gave Paul was sufficient to meet his every need. Paul is caught up to the third heaven—The Lord gives men weaknesses that they may triumph over them—Paul manifests the signs … Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? Here is an account of the apostle's behaviour and kind intentions; in which see the character of a faithful minister of the gospel. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. 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