Saturday, 14 August 2010

2 Corinthians 12

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.14 and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you.

Paul said in the last chapter he did not want to be a burden 11:9 and now he says it again and he gives the reason why: "what I want is not your possessions but you." This is also how we should feel towards God.

Susan said...

v.19 everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.

Strengthening is a process as we continually learn and grow.

Susan said...

v.9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

God is enough. Difficulties should lead us to draw on his enabling power.

Susan said...

v.11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.

The Corinthian church should have spoken up and commended Paul. Their silence forced Paul to commend himself. It is the church who are in the wrong for not defending Paul. Not Paul for having to "boast".

Susan said...

v.4 He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.

Interesting that Paul writes about what he heard not what he saw. I would have expected him to have seen amazing things but it is acually that he "heard inexpressible things".