Christian Boasting.

“I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.”

(2 Corinthians 12:1)

Paul felt that boasting about a personal revelation or vision was foolish because it did not support or give any basis for his authority as a preacher of the Gospel. This is the reason why he expresses his own experiences in a way that makes it seem he is talking about someone else. He is merely trying to report his experience without glorifying himself. He wanted his authority to be assessed based on what he preached, the Word of God, rather than on the grounds of mystical experiences. The experience, though powerful, was unimportant to the conduct of the ministry or the content of the message. If one should boast, then baost in the Lord and the wonderful message of the gospel.

The message we are called to preach, the gospel of faith in Jesus, is not based on private visions or ecstatic experiences. God has revealed Himself to the whole world in time and history through concrete and objective redemptive acts. The Gospel that Paul preached and that are called to preach, is the truth about salvation by faith in the Word made flesh, that is, Jesus, God Incarnate. This is revealed in the written word of Scripture where we learn about God, about His love and all that He has done. These words were written down by men guided by the Holy Spirit and taught by the Church. 

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