Lesson No. 548
II Corinthians Chapter 12
"My Grace is Sufficient for You"

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Paul’s vision and his thorn
1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 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. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 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 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. 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 besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 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. 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’s concern for the Corinthians 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  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 ye 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 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 unto 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, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye 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.

Lesson No.  548     "My Grace is Sufficient for You"

2nd Corinthians 12                                                        01/10/2021

1)     Who was Paul talking about in verses 1 through 4?  What was the point of telling that story?  Look at verse 6 also.

2)     Paul talks of being in heaven, talking with God, hearing things he cannot repeat, receiving great revelations, but what does he say happened, or didn't happen in verses 7 through 9?

3)     Verses 9 and 10, coupled with verse 7 give us a picture of how Paul sees his mission and relationship with God.  What is it?

4)     Again, Paul presents his credentials as an apostle in verses 11 and 12.  Do you think that was necessary?

5)     What does Paul mean by verse 12? 

6)     Does it sound like Paul is broken-hearted in verse 15?

7)     Paul then shows some of his apostolic strategy in reaching, teaching, and ministering to this church in verses 16 and 17. What is it?

8)     Paul honestly speaks to them in verse 18 and 19 as to his 'team' and how they approach serving the church.  What was it?

9)     Verse 20 is where Paul describes his worst fear as what he will find when he returns to the Corinth church.  Does this sound like our churches today?  Has anything changed?  Why?

10) Verse 21 shows Paul's heart- tough letters, and when he gets there, what happens? 

11)  How could Paul ministered any better to this church?  Do you think he was successful in his ministry?

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