2 Corinthians 12:2 I Knew a Man

2 Corinthians 12:2 (KJV)
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

I knew a man
The context allows us to understand this man to be Paul. He uses the third person to detach himself somewhat and remove from the passage any cause for self-glory. Indeed, the entire passage is designed to remove from Paul any self-glory. All anyone need ever know about Paul is what they see and hear.[1]

I knew a man above fourteen years ago
I’m thinking of myself fourteen years or more ago. I’m thinking of those days just beginning the pastorate in Astoria about thirty-eight years ago. All of that seems more like a dream than reality these days. I know it happened. I know I was there. I know we started with absolutely nothing. I know some people hurt us so terribly. I know others stayed by us. I know God did miraculous things to care for us, provide for us, and to bring us to the place we are today.

I want to, even need to tell those stories. But they are almost unreal in my memory and maybe seem irrelevant to those who might hear.

Is that some of what Paul expressed?


[1] 2 Corinthians 12:6 (KJV)
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

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2 Corinthians 12:2 I Knew a Man

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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