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The Third Heaven. 2 Corinthians 12:1-6. Question…. “In 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 , what is the third heaven? Can you explain this passage? Was Paul speaking of himself?” Yes, Paul speaks of himself, 2 Cor. 10:1-2, 7-11 (chap. 10-13).

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The Third Heaven

2 Corinthians 12:1-6


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Question…

  • “In 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, what is the third heaven? Can you explain this passage? Was Paul speaking of himself?”

  • Yes, Paul speaks of himself, 2 Cor. 10:1-2, 7-11(chap. 10-13)


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Why did Paul speak this way? 2 Cor. 10-13

  • Enemies of the faith resisted & rejected Paul’s apostleship (authority)

    • Resisted Christ & the gospel,2 Cor. 13:3 (Jno. 13:20; Lk. 10:16)

    • The Holy Spirit gives a spirited defense of Christ’s apostle to the Gentiles


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The First Heaven

  • The sky (atmosphere), Gen. 1:6-8, 20

    • The expanse (firmament) where the clouds exist & the birds fly, Matthew 6:26

    • Suitable environment for humans

    • God called this firmament (expanse) “heaven,” Genesis 1:8

  • Will be destroyed, Rev. 20:11; 21:1


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The Second Heaven

  • Sun, moon & stars, Gen. 1:14-19

    • Divides the day & the night, 1:14

    • Measure & regulate the seasons on the earth, 1:14 (Lights rule day & night)

    • Declares God’s glory & powerful achievement (His work), Psa. 19:1-4; 33:6; Rom. 1:18-20

    • Magnifies & praises God, Psa. 148:1-5

  • It will also be destroyed,2 Pet. 3:10-12


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The Third Heaven

  • Place of righteous ones with God, 2 Cor. 12:1-4

    • PARADISE (12:4; Lk. 23:43; Rev. 2:7)

      • Intermediate state of the righteous dead,Luke 23:43 (Acts 2:27; Luke 16:22)

      • Eternal state of the righteous dead,Rev. 2:7 (22:1-5; Gen. 3:22)

    • Heard inexpressible words (2 Cor. 12:4)


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The Third Heaven

  • A Habitation with God, John 14:1-6

    • Bliss, comfort, rest, Rev. 14:13 (Luke 16:25)

    • Fellowship with Christ is its abiding comfort, Acts 7:59; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 2 Tim. 4:18


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The Third Heaven

  • Affects How We Must Live Now! 2 Peter 3:11, 13

    • Holy conduct, Matt. 6:19-21 (1 Jno. 3:3)

    • Godliness, 1 Timothy 4:8; 6:3 (Heb. 12:1-2)


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The Third Heaven

  • Paul’s apostolic authority (2 Cor. 11:5)

  • Paul’s persecutions (2 Cor. 11:22-33)

  • Paul’s visions & revelations (2 Cor. 12:1-6)

  • Paul depended on the Lord’s grace, 12:7-10

  • As we live under the first & second heavens, we must live in preparation for the third heaven! 2 Cor. 5:1-4; Heb. 11:13-16


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