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2 Corinthians 12: 1-10

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This paper investigates the author’s intended meaning for 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 and examines the application of this passage of Scripture for today’s reader. A brief introduction to the author, the setting, and the historical, literary, and social context is provided. The paper then focuses on the message Paul, the author, is trying to convey to the Corinthians. The passage is investigated by looking at the reference to a revelation, the use of the word “boast”, the example of a hardship, and the claim that weakness is an asset. It is concluded that Paul is using very different criteria than the Corinthians to support the findings of a true apostle.
Keywords: Corinthians, Paul, boast, weakness
Corinthian or Christ-Centered Criteria?
In 2 Corinthians 12:1 – 10, the Apostle Paul is writing to the Corinthians to make a spirited defense against
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