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 II Corinthians 12:10 "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,
in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

     Paul's weakness in his flesh just allowed the spirit to work in
him more fully. Paul knows that there will be no mistaking where his
strength comes from. II Timothy 2:12 "If we suffer, we shall also
reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us:" Paul,
knowing this, was happy to suffer for Christ's sake.

     II Corinthians 12:11 "I am become a fool in glorying; ye have
compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in
nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing."

     Even though Paul had this weakness in the flesh, he still used
all of his time to further the kingdom of God. He, even more than the
other apostles, fulfilled the great commission. Mark 16:15 "And he
said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature."  Paul went to many countries and carried the gospel
message. He, also, did it the way Jesus had commanded. Matthew 10:8 "
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:
freely ye have received, freely give."  All of these signs of ministry
followed Paul.

     II Corinthians 12:12 "Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought
among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds."

     Paul did heal the sick and cast out devils. In all of the
ministry the Lord Jesus brought, the most important thing was to
preach the gospel. On the trip to Rome, when Paul was shipwrecked, the
people thought Paul to be a god, when he threw the poison serpent off,
after it bit Paul. Paul had to tell the people not to worship him.

    
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