Paul’s visions and revelations from the Lord
12 It should be praised, not that it does good. I will turn to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who was ascended to the third heaven fourteen years ago. I don’t know if it was in the body or out of the body. God knows. 3-4 I know that this man was caught in paradise and that he heard unspeakable words that no one is allowed to repeat. I don’t know if it was in the body or separate from the body. God knows. 5 I will brag about this man, but I will not brag about myself, except to brag about my weaknesses.
6 If I wanted to brag, I wouldn’t make a fool of myself because I would tell the truth. I refrain from bragging that no one gives me more credit than what someone sees or hears about me. 7 I got a thorn in my side because of the extraordinary discoveries I made to not be conceited. It is Satan’s messenger sent to torment me so that I would not be conceited.
8 Three times I prayed to the Lord to leave me alone. 9 He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for power in weakness is perfected.” That is why I will gladly spend my time boasting of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 10 So, I am fine with the weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, harassment and stressful situations of Christ, because when I am weak, then I am strong.