If you want to continue using the old site, you still can here.


2 Corinthians 12 - NASB

1 Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man--whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows-- 4 was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 5 On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. 6 For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me. 7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

11 I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. 12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. 13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong! 14 Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15 I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit. 17 Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I? 18 I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps? 19 All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved. 20 For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; 21 I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.




Sermons on 2 Corinthians 12 More sermons: 2 Corinthians 12

T.J. Conwell avatar
Experiencing Grace
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Nov, 2016
Summary: Paul’s life example ought to give us incredible encouragement to God’s power. We must submit under the GRACE of Christ before we can ever really live and must see ourselves for who we are before we can experience freedom.
Gordon Curley avatar
Thorns and Grace!
Shared by: Gordon Curley on Nov, 2016
Summary: Thorns and Grace – 2 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 1-21 – sermon by Gordon Curley. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 127
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
I demand this thorn removed.
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Oct, 2016
Summary: THIS THORN HAS A PURPOSE. The real revelation of suffering. God has a plan and a purpose. Suffering can reveal the heart OF MAN, not just the heart of God. Suffering can be a door to Presence of God. Suffering can be fertilizer for love.
Dan Carroll avatar
The Life of Paul Part V
Shared by: Dan Carroll on Aug, 2016
Summary: Paul has many life struggles. He suffers many hardships, but in the end delights in his weakness because then he is strong.
Dr. Ronald Shultz avatar
It’s OK to Low Crawl
Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Aug, 2016
Summary: Crawling forward is still advancing.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 130
Brandon Vernoy avatar
A Secret Weapon Called Weakness
Shared by: Brandon Vernoy on Jun, 2016
Summary: The ability to be weak in the presence of God is an invitation for His Presence to be strong within us.
Series: Unqualified
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,237
David Owens avatar
The Helps of Our Hurts
Shared by: David Owens on May, 2016
Summary: This sermon is based on Chapter 7 in Charles Swindoll's book: Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit. The sermon addresses Paul's thorn in the flesh and the role of suffering in our lives.
Views: 309
Mike Dankson avatar
Thorns of Grace
Shared by: Mike Dankson on Apr, 2016
Summary: A sermon designed to encourage Christians to push through seasons of unanswered prayer
Felicia Clayborne avatar
Running On Empty
Shared by: Felicia Clayborne on Oct, 2015
Summary: Recognize that you are on empty.
Dr. Phillip  Paschal avatar
Lord, Hear My Cry
Shared by: Dr. Phillip Paschal on Jun, 2015
Summary: Responding to The Lord's Answer to our prayers
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,020
Dennis Davidson avatar
A JOURNEY TO PARADISE
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Jun, 2015
Summary: In this vision Paul is caught up to heaven & received communications & revelations that he can not make known (CIT). This was to him, & to all who believed his word, a more reliable evidence of the favor of God upon an apostle than anything prior
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,230
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
Grace Sufficient
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jun, 2015
Summary: Kept by the grace of God in the midst of afflictions.
Greg Gordon avatar
Slander and Accusation Destroy Others
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. - 2 Corinthians 12:20 Church splits, divisions, gossiping and all kinds of fleshly problems is something we can think is normal in the ...
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:20
Views: 329
Jimmy Dillon avatar
A Mother's Selfless God-like Love
Shared by: Jimmy Dillon on May, 2015
Summary: Mother's day message for how mother's love is the closest to experiencing God's love. This message is trying to convey just how important mothers are to us as children and adults.
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 5,008
Troy Borst avatar
Christian Atheist: Change
Shared by: Troy Borst on Feb, 2015
Summary: You see, sometimes we who believe in God live as though He doesn’t exist and as though He cannot change us.
Glynda Lomax avatar
Life Among the Thorns
Shared by: Glynda Lomax on Nov, 2014
Summary: God allows thorns in our lives to refine us, to keep us humble, and to be sure He gets the glory for all we do.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:7
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 628
Pastor Brad Henry avatar
"Let Today Be The Day"
Shared by: Pastor Brad Henry on Aug, 2014
Summary: God is faithful to forgive us but we have a tough time forgiving ourselves. This lesson will set you free.
Series: Forgiveness
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 494
Bruce Lee avatar
Three Biggest Blunders in the Bible
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Aug, 2014
Summary: Learn from the biggest blunders in the bible and don't make the same mistakes in your life.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 10,675
Frank Jackson avatar
A Grace That Won't Let Go
Shared by: Frank Jackson on Nov, 2005
Summary: Any study of the life of the apostle Paul requires a serious look at the subject of pain. Suffering is not a pleasant subject to explore, especially in our western culture.
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 4,602
John Gaston avatar
VALIDITY OF NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES
Shared by: John Gaston on Apr, 2014
Summary: The movie "Heaven is for Real" has reopened the conversation of the validity of near death experiences (NDEs). This message looks at what NDEs are, the controversies about them, and the confirmation that they can be for God's Word.
Larry Turner avatar
A Splinter from Satan.
Shared by: Larry Turner on Apr, 2014
Summary: Like a splinter barely under our skin, circumstances can be painful. But how can we tell if it's just life or God?
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 1,115
Michael Cotie avatar
Power in Weakness
Shared by: Michael Cotie on Mar, 2014
Summary: We are told that when we are humble then God will exalt us we will have Power in Weakness
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,174
Bob Scudieri avatar
The Cheerful Giver
Shared by: Bob Scudieri on Dec, 2013
Summary: The Lord is THE Cheerful Giver - ready to bless us to be a blessing
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:14
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 534
John Shearhart avatar
Strength in Weakness
Shared by: John Shearhart on Dec, 2013
Summary: God perfects His strength in us through our weaknesses and reminds us to put no hope in our abilities.
John Sears avatar
The Crutch
Shared by: John Sears on Nov, 2013
Summary: Is Christianity a crutch for the weak minded and naive? How should Christians respond to the criticism?
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 3,395
Philip Beals avatar
Strength in Weakness
Shared by: Philip Beals on Sep, 2013
Summary: In our weakness we can always count on God to be our strength.
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,532
Peter Baumgartle avatar
The Comparison Game
Shared by: Peter Baumgartle on Sep, 2013
Summary: Paul vs.super-apostles, the Corinthians vs other churches, and us vs. the Corinthians
Jody VanSickle avatar
My grace is Sufficient? How?
Shared by: Jody VanSickle on Aug, 2013
Summary: A sermon which helps explain just how God's grace is sufficient in all situations.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 876
Ron MacArthur avatar
The Thorn in Paul's Side
Shared by: Ron MacArthur on Jun, 2013
Summary: Points out clues from the scripture that point directly to the identity of the thorn in Paul's side
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,982
Chuck Booher avatar
Paul and His Final Days
Shared by: Chuck Booher on May, 2013
Summary: We need to be people who endure hard times by reading God’s Word, sharing Christ and being faithful to the end.
based on 2 ratings
Views: 1,473