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God communicates in words proclaimed, received, accepted, and now at work among believers
1 Thessalonians 2:13
There is a river flowing right through the middle of God's eternal city. We may indeed be refreshed by its waters even now.
Psalms 46
Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign!
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
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1 Peter 5:12-14
An exhortation from a fellow elder.
1 Peter 5:1-11
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1 Peter 4:12-19
...therefore live so as to magnify Christ.
1 Peter 4:7-11
A knotty passage indeed!
1 Peter 3:18-22
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1 Peter 3:13-17
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1 Peter 3:1-7
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1 Peter 2:18-25
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1 Peter 2:11-17
An Exhortation to Gospel-Rooted Love
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
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1 Peter 1:13-21
A Greeting Packed Full with Theological Truth
1 Peter 1:1-5
Christ fulfills Psalm 8 on our behalf
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus: the exact and perfect revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-14
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Romans 7:13-25
The Hour has Come.
John 12:20-26
Light From the Father.
John 12:44-50
The Nature of Unbelief.
John 12:37-43
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
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Philippians 3:12-16
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Philippians 3:7-11
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Philippians 3:17-4:1
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2 Timothy 3:10-17
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Philippians 1:3-11
Destroying Strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Central Idea: Paul declares that he is going to defend himself so that the accusation of inconsisten...
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Central Idea: Paul declares he would not dare to join the fray of 'ministry comparisons.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
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2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Central Idea:   All praise to God for the treasure of blessings we have in Christ, namely: He c...
Ephesians 1:3-14
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2 Corinthians 11:7-15
Central Idea: Paul, finally ready to meet boasting with boasting, makes an ironical appeal: "You've ...
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Central Idea: Having unraveled all his opponents' categories of boasting (v.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
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2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Central Idea: Paul sighs, "Ugh! It's done.
2 Corinthians 12:11-18
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Romans 6:1-14
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Colossians 1:15-20
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Colossians 2:16-23
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Colossians 3:1-4
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Colossians 3:5-11
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Colossians 3:12-17
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Ephesians 5:1-14
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Ephesians 5:1-14
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Titus 2:11-14
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2 Corinthians 5:11-21
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Hebrews 2:5-9
The emphasis that began in chapter 1 concerning what we have "in Christ" continues.
Ephesians 2:11-22
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More Boasting in Weaknesses
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2009-02-26 14:58:32
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion. In fact, his own experience is that because of these visions, God has sent a 'thorn in the flesh' to keep him from conceit. Through this he has learned that God's aim is to display his own power - magnified most clearly in Paul's weaknesses. Explanations / Questions: v.1, Paul states that he will go on to boast concerning visions, though there is nothing to be gained by it. v.2-4, He then vaguely and in the third-person relates some details of these visions. What is Paul's intention here? The first pointer is the concessive in v.1b - actual boasting in such things is worthless. v.5, reveals his intention clearly; that though he has had such visions, he refuses to boast in them but will only boast in his weaknesses. v.5-6, The overall meaning here is simple, but I had to think through the arcs a bit: Should v.6a-c be paired as a concessive to v.5 (which at first seemed to be the case) or as I have it as a concessive to v.6d,e? The key for me was gar (for) at the head of v.6 indicating that v.6 is primarily a ground for v.5. In this way, the Ac-Pur of v.6d,e is the main clause of v.6 and, strengthened by the concessive of v.6a-c, is the ground for v.5. This arc then stands to push Paul's argument one step further (P), namely, that even though he would be speaking truth, he will not mention the glories of his visions lest someone think to highly of him. v7-10, These verses advance (P) the argument further still. It is through the thorn and Paul's pleading that he comes to learn the lesson of God's sufficient grace, of God's strength in Paul's weakness. So, Paul will not only not boast in the visions , but will eagerly boast in weaknesses. v.10 is Paul's final conclusion and the end of all the progressions in the whole section of boasting (11:22-12:10). Insights: v.9, "...my power is made perfect in weakness." v.9, "...so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." v.10, "...for when I am weak, then I am strong." (this being, "for the sake of Christ" ) Paul's progression here seems significant: The first phrase is the lesson taught by Christ. His power his most fully executed in the context of man's weaknesses. The second is Paul's expression of this truth as he has experienced it, that Christ's power has 'entered into' his weaknesses. The final statement reveals that Paul's experience of the efficacious power of Christ is such that he affirms, "...then I am strong ."
10000000005025 5025 Notes 2009-02-21 16:04:17 2009-02-26 14:58:32 Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion. In fact, his own experience is that because of these visions, God has sent a 'thorn in the flesh' to keep him from conceit. Through this he has learned that God's aim is to display his own power - magnified most clearly in Paul's weaknesses. Explanations / Questions: v.1, Paul states that he will go on to boast concerning visions, though there is nothing to be gained by it. v.2-4, He then vaguely and in the third-person relates some details of these visions. What is Paul's intention here? The first pointer is the concessive in v.1b - actual boasting in such things is worthless. v.5, reveals his intention clearly; that though he has had such visions, he refuses to boast in them but will only boast in his weaknesses. v.5-6, The overall meaning here is simple, but I had to think through the arcs a bit: Should v.6a-c be paired as a concessive to v.5 (which at first seemed to be the case) or as I have it as a concessive to v.6d,e? The key for me was gar (for) at the head of v.6 indicating that v.6 is primarily a ground for v.5. In this way, the Ac-Pur of v.6d,e is the main clause of v.6 and, strengthened by the concessive of v.6a-c, is the ground for v.5. This arc then stands to push Paul's argument one step further (P), namely, that even though he would be speaking truth, he will not mention the glories of his visions lest someone think to highly of him. v7-10, These verses advance (P) the argument further still. It is through the thorn and Paul's pleading that he comes to learn the lesson of God's sufficient grace, of God's strength in Paul's weakness. So, Paul will not only not boast in the visions , but will eagerly boast in weaknesses. v.10 is Paul's final conclusion and the end of all the progressions in the whole section of boasting (11:22-12:10). Insights: v.9, "...my power is made perfect in weakness." v.9, "...so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." v.10, "...for when I am weak, then I am strong." (this being, "for the sake of Christ" ) Paul's progression here seems significant: The first phrase is the lesson taught by Christ. His power his most fully executed in the context of man's weaknesses. The second is Paul's expression of this truth as he has experienced it, that Christ's power has 'entered into' his weaknesses. The final statement reveals that Paul's experience of the efficacious power of Christ is such that he affirms, "...then I am strong ." notes
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2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
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esv
καυχᾶσθαι δεῖ
I must go on boasting.
οὐ συμφέρον μέν
Though there is nothing to be gained by it,
ἐλεύσομαι δὲ εἰς ὀπτασίας καὶ ἀποκαλύψεις κυρίου
I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.
concessive
ideaexplanation
οἶδα ἄνθρωπον ἐν Χριστῷ πρὸ ἐτῶν δεκατεσσάρων εἴτε ἐν σώματι οὐκ οἶδα εἴτε ἐκτὸς τοῦ σώματος οὐκ οἶδα ὁ θεὸς οἶδεν ἁρπαγέντα τὸν τοιοῦτον ἕως τρίτου οὐρανοῦ
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago {--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.} was caught up to the third heaven
καὶ οἶδα τὸν τοιοῦτον ἄνθρωπον εἴτε ἐν σώματι εἴτε χωρὶς τοῦ σώματος οὐκ οἶδα ὁ θεὸς οἶδεν
And I know that this man {--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows--} was caught up into paradise
ὅτι ἡρπάγη εἰς τὸν παράδεισον καὶ ἤκουσεν ἄρρητα ῥήματα ἃ οὐκ ἐξὸν ἀνθρώπῳ λαλῆσαι
and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
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ὑπὲρ τοῦ τοιούτου καυχήσομαι
On behalf of this man I will boast,
ὑπὲρ δὲ ἐμαυτοῦ οὐ καυχήσομαι εἰ μὴ ἐν ταῖς ἀσθενείαις
but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.
alternative
ἐὰν γὰρ θελήσω καυχήσασθαι
Though if I should wish to boast,
οὐκ ἔσομαι ἄφρων
I would not be a fool,
conditional
ἀλήθειαν γὰρ ἐρῶ
for I would be speaking the truth.
ground
φείδομαι δέ
But I refrain from it,
μή τις εἰς ἐμὲ λογίσηται ὑπὲρ ὃ βλέπει με ἢ ἀκούει τι ἐξ ἐμοῦ
so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.
actionpurpose
καὶ τῇ ὑπερβολῇ τῶν ἀποκαλύψεων
{because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,}
διό ἵνα μὴ ὑπεραίρωμαι
So to keep me from becoming conceited
ἐδόθη μοι σκόλοψ τῇ σαρκί ἄγγελος Σατανᾶ
a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan
ἵνα με κολαφίζῃ
to harass me,
ἵνα μὴ ὑπεραίρωμαι
to keep me from becoming conceited.
progression
inference
ὑπὲρ τούτου τρὶς τὸν κύριον παρεκάλεσα
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this,
ἵνα ἀποστῇ ἀπ' ἐμοῦ
that it should leave me.
καὶ εἴρηκέν μοι ἀρκεῖ σοι ἡ χάρις μου
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
ἡ γὰρ δύναμις ἐν ἀσθενείᾳ τελεῖται
for my power is made perfect in weakness."
situationresponse
ἥδιστα οὖν μᾶλλον καυχήσομαι ἐν ταῖς ἀσθενείαις μου
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
ἵνα ἐπισκηνώσῃ ἐπ' ἐμὲ ἡ δύναμις τοῦ Χριστοῦ
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
διὸ εὐδοκῶ ἐν ἀσθενείαις ἐν ὕβρεσιν ἐν ἀνάγκαις ἐν διωγμοῖς καὶ στενοχωρίαις ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
ὅταν γὰρ ἀσθενῶ
For when I am weak,
τότε δυνατός εἰμι
then I am strong.
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10000000005025 5025 Arc 2009-02-21 16:04:17 2009-02-26 14:58:32 editing 2 Corinthians 12 1 12 10 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 47 NT tisch esv i77149 i77150 i77151 i77122 καυχᾶσθαι δεῖ I must go on boasting. i77152 i77123 οὐ συμφέρον μέν Though there is nothing to be gained by it, i77124 ἐλεύσομαι δὲ εἰς ὀπτασίας καὶ ἀποκαλύψεις κυρίου I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. concessive 2 ideaexplanation 1 i77153 i77125 οἶδα ἄνθρωπον ἐν Χριστῷ πρὸ ἐτῶν δεκατεσσάρων εἴτε ἐν σώματι οὐκ οἶδα εἴτε ἐκτὸς τοῦ σώματος οὐκ οἶδα ὁ θεὸς οἶδεν ἁρπαγέντα τὸν τοιοῦτον ἕως τρίτου οὐρανοῦ I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago {--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.} was caught up to the third heaven i77126 καὶ οἶδα τὸν τοιοῦτον ἄνθρωπον εἴτε ἐν σώματι εἴτε χωρὶς τοῦ σώματος οὐκ οἶδα ὁ θεὸς οἶδεν And I know that this man {--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows--} was caught up into paradise i77127 ὅτι ἡρπάγη εἰς τὸν παράδεισον καὶ ἤκουσεν ἄρρητα ῥήματα ἃ οὐκ ἐξὸν ἀνθρώπῳ λαλῆσαι and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. series ideaexplanation 1 i77154 i77155 i77128 ὑπὲρ τοῦ τοιούτου καυχήσομαι On behalf of this man I will boast, i77129 ὑπὲρ δὲ ἐμαυτοῦ οὐ καυχήσομαι εἰ μὴ ἐν ταῖς ἀσθενείαις but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. alternative i77156 i77157 i77158 i77130 ἐὰν γὰρ θελήσω καυχήσασθαι Though if I should wish to boast, i77131 οὐκ ἔσομαι ἄφρων I would not be a fool, conditional 2 i77132 ἀλήθειαν γὰρ ἐρῶ for I would be speaking the truth. ground 1 i77159 i77133 φείδομαι δέ But I refrain from it, i77134 μή τις εἰς ἐμὲ λογίσηται ὑπὲρ ὃ βλέπει με ἢ ἀκούει τι ἐξ ἐμοῦ so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. actionpurpose 2 concessive 2 ground 1 i77160 i77161 i77162 i77163 i77135 καὶ τῇ ὑπερβολῇ τῶν ἀποκαλύψεων {because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,} i77164 i77165 i77136 διό ἵνα μὴ ὑπεραίρωμαι So to keep me from becoming conceited i77137 ἐδόθη μοι σκόλοψ τῇ σαρκί ἄγγελος Σατανᾶ a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan actionpurpose 2 1 i77166 i77138 ἵνα με κολαφίζῃ to harass me, i77139 ἵνα μὴ ὑπεραίρωμαι to keep me from becoming conceited. progression ideaexplanation 1 inference 2 i77167 i77168 i77140 ὑπὲρ τούτου τρὶς τὸν κύριον παρεκάλεσα Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, i77141 ἵνα ἀποστῇ ἀπ' ἐμοῦ that it should leave me. actionpurpose 2 i77169 i77142 καὶ εἴρηκέν μοι ἀρκεῖ σοι ἡ χάρις μου But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, i77143 ἡ γὰρ δύναμις ἐν ἀσθενείᾳ τελεῖται for my power is made perfect in weakness." ground 1 situationresponse 2 progression i77170 i77144 ἥδιστα οὖν μᾶλλον καυχήσομαι ἐν ταῖς ἀσθενείαις μου Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, i77145 ἵνα ἐπισκηνώσῃ ἐπ' ἐμὲ ἡ δύναμις τοῦ Χριστοῦ so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. actionpurpose 2 inference 2 i77171 i77146 διὸ εὐδοκῶ ἐν ἀσθενείαις ἐν ὕβρεσιν ἐν ἀνάγκαις ἐν διωγμοῖς καὶ στενοχωρίαις ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. i77172 i77147 ὅταν γὰρ ἀσθενῶ For when I am weak, i77148 τότε δυνατός εἰμι then I am strong. temporal 1 ground 1 inference 2 progression 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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