9 If you declare with your mouth, â€œJesus is Lord,â€ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Paulâ€™s Vision and His Thorn
12 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not knowâ€”God knows. 3 And I know that this manâ€”whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knowsâ€” 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, â€œMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.â€ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christâ€™s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christâ€™s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Corinthians 15:10
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of themâ€”yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
2 Corinthians 9:8
8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of Godâ€™s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lordâ€™s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,