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2 CORINTHIANS 12 STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN

PAUL'S VISIONS

2 CORINTHIANS 12:1-6

12:1-6: Paul's opponents probably boasted of visions and revelations-(v. 1), For Paul mentions one of his: Fourteen years ago would date the event before his missionary journeys: Paul employs two terms used by Jews to describe heavenly realms: the third heaven-(v. 2) is the highest heaven; PARADISE-(v. 4), where God is surrounded by the assembly of the just, is the City of God:


A THORN IN THE FLESH

2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10


12:7-10: Unlike his opponents, who publicly proclaimed their own greatness in their mystical experiences, Paul sees his thorn in the flesh-(v. 7) as given to him precisely so he might not be exalted: What was this thorn??? Perhaps a chronic physical problem, or deluded Christian leaders, or hard-hearted Israelites: Nevertheless, for Paul, his weakness-(v. 9; see v. 5), not his mystical experiences-(vv. 2-4), is the means of the power of CHRIST remaining in him:


PAUL'S MIRCALES

2 CORINTHIANS 12:11-13

12:11-13: By signs of an apostle-(v. 2; see Romans 15:19; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 4:20; 12:28-29; Hebrews 2:4): Paul seems to be referring to miracles that lead men to God and the Church, for with these signs and wonders-(v. 12) the Corinthians are greatly impressed:


LOVE REJECTED

2 CORINTHIANS 12:14-21

12:15: This is the experience though history of the godly shepherd...

12:20-13:4: Paul is more impressed with the miracle of unity and harmony than with physical miracles: He fears he may have to exercise the supreme apostolic power, that of excluding people who have not repented-(v. 21) from the Church:


2 CORINTHIANS 13 STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN

RESOLUTION: A COMING VISIT

2 CORINTHIANS 13:1-10

13:5: In this context, the test of being in Christ is a humble, virtuous life lived in communion with the Church:


GREETINGS AND BENEDICTION

2 CORINTHIANS 13:11-14

13:12: The holy kiss, the kiss of peace, is an established liturgical tradition: Perhaps the final test of whether one is a Christian is whether one can give this kiss with an uncondemning conscience:

13:14: This Trinitarian blessing is also an ancient and contemporary liturgical practice:


PSALM 30 (31) STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN
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PSALM 30 (31): IS A REVELATION-(Ecstasy, vv.1, 23) of Christ-(The End, v. 1): in relation to the extreme humiliation-(v. 8): He suffered before the Father on the Cross for mankind: For example, v. 6 is quoted by Him as His last words to the Father on the Cross just before He died-(Luke 23:46): Verses 2-23 describe this humiliation, and vv. 24, 25 emphasize the fruit His humiliation bears in the Church, love for the Father: And v. 24 also speaks of those who ACT WITH GREAT ARROGANCE, that is, who reject the Lord's extreme humiliation with their extreme arrogance:


SPIRITUAL WARFARE PART 2
SPIRITUALITY- The ascetic and pious struggle against sin through REPENTANCE, PRAYER, & FASTING, and participation in the sacramental life of the Church-(Being true followers of Yeshua-(Jesus) )- (see Galatians 5:16-26; Philippians 2:12-13):
TEMPTATION: The seductive attraction of sin: Those united to Christ are given His POWER to withstand temptation through patience, courage, and obedience: (see Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 2:17-18; and see also James 1:12):

SIN- (Greek... hamartia)-Literally, "MISSING THE MARK": This word in ancient Greek could describe the action of an archer who failed to hit the target: All humans are sinners who miss the mark of perfection that God has set for His people, resulting in alienation from God: (see Matthew 5:48; Romans 3:23; 6:23; and 1 John 1:8):


"The path we are on in Christ was never meant to be an easy one...If it was meant to be an easy than more would actually pick up their Cross and bear it with the rest of us...My brother and sisters in Christ stay the course regardless of the struggles and tribulations, yes easier said than done...But all that matters is our salvation without Faith your blind, imagine a bad day and your blind leaning on fear how far will you get??? Answer is why would I want to imagine that moment without my faith and relationship in Christ, I will fail!!! Imagine fighting spiritual warfare without spirituality, so for me its imperative a stay the path and endure because I know what awaits for me"...


"Be a witness today for the Lord, Christ our God, is He not the WAYMAKER??? I LOVE GOD AND FAMILY & THAT'S WHAT I LIVE FOR AND PROTECT, I LIVE FOR GOD AND NOT MYSELF , IT'S HIS WILL -ONLY HIS WILL- I PROTECT AND PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY"!!!


PROVERBS 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

END WITH THE LORD'S PRAYER- LET'S DEPART IN PEACE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD


PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL!!!


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NEVER HOLD BACK

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

JEHOVAH SHALOM!!!







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