Who Is The Man of 2 Corinthians 12:1-6?
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:1–6: “It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.”
Paul is writing about himself in the third person. He does not want his audience to think he is haughty, arrogant, or prideful. He is walking a tightrope between having to defend himself against the false teachers and at the same time not being too prideful or boastful.
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