What is The Thorn in the Flesh?

In 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul said that because of the "abundance of revelations he was given a thorn in the flesh".

What does he say about it?

  1. It is a messenger of Satan.
  2. Its task is to buffet or beat him.
  3. He has pleaded with the Lord three times to remove it.
  4. The Lord said about it "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
  5. In 1 Corinth 12 9,10 he describes the resulting weakness as "I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake." He also says "For when I am weak, then I am strong."

All this would indicate that a messenger of Satan was assigned to Paul to organise that these things would happen to Paul. In the same way as Job’s life was affected by Satan as Father gave him permission to touch Job, Satan was also given permission to touch Paul’s life.

In 2 Corinth 11:23 – 33 Paul outlines all that he has gone through choosing to "boast in the things which concern his infirmity".

In Numbers 33:55 the Lord says "those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.

So the Thorn in the Flesh is a messenger of Satan who has been given permission to use people and the situations of life to beat Paul to the point where he is kept weak. In this weakness, by grace, Father will demonstrate His strength through Paul.

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