2 Corinthians 12:2 emphasizes that Paul’s mention of being caught up to the third heaven and is part of his overall argument to establish his authority as an apostle and refute false teachings.
Paul is actually referring to himself in the passage, using the third person to distance himself from boasting. The visions and revelations he mentions are his own experiences, and he is describing a prophet’s experience of being transported by the Holy Spirit to receive divine knowledge directly from God.
To further clarify, there are different meanings of the term “heaven” in the Bible, including the atmosphere around the earth, outer space, and the dwelling place of God. In this context, being caught up to the third heaven refers to a visionary experience rather than a description of the afterlife or a multi-layered heaven.