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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

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)
why did paul speak this way 2 cor 10 13
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
the first heaven
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
the second heaven
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