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PAUL THORN IN THE FLESH

THORNS IN THE FLESH

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THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS

CHAPTER 12

PAUL THORN IN THE FLESH - THORNS IN THE FLESH
WHAT WAS PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH

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THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS

CHAPTER 12


PAUL THORN IN THE FLESH & THORNS IN THE FLESH NOW
WHAT WAS PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH ABOUT

It's great to have you back again for more Daily Bread. In our last chapter, Paul shared with us a list of persecutions that he endured in his ministry. Clearly, this was something that he didn't want to write about, but in his position as the Apostle of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, with his identity in question, he must have felt it was necessary. You can feel his reluctance in his words, almost apologetically admitting the foolishness of his "bragging" about his qualifications. For a person like Paul who is bold for the Lord, yet humble in his self, you've just got to know that deep down, he wasn't comfortable doing this, although, as he has said before, he'll do what he has to do to win souls for the Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:1-5
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 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. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.


PAUL THORN IN THE FLESH / THORNS IN THE FLESH VOW
WHAT WAS PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH HE HAD

This passage is Paul telling about an experience he himself had. Whether this was a vision or whether it was an "out of body experience" he could not tell, but he was taken to the third heaven. What is the third heaven? Not the sky where the birds fly, not the starry heaven, but the third heaven where God manifests His glory. He heard unspeakable words there ... Things that are not possible for a man to describe to the world. It would seem that anyone who had such an experience would have readily boasted about them, but he says ...

Yet of myself I will not glory,
except in my weaknesses.

For even though I would like to glory,
I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth:
but now I refrain,
so that nobody thinks more highly of me
than what he sees me to be,
or that he hears from me.

And so that I wouldn't be overly exalted (lifted up)
through the abundance (graciousness, generosity) of the revelations,
I was given a thorn in the flesh,
the messenger of Satan to bruise me,
for fear that I should be honored above measure.

You may have read or heard different stories about what this "thorn" in the flesh was that Paul was given, and whether it was psoriasis or leprosy or even acne, it doesn't matter, but what matters is this: What "thorns" do we have of our own? What fleshly imperfections do we have that we absolutely despise, that we should look at differently? Why aren't we perfect? Because then we would feel like we didn't need God. If you had no weaknesses, then He couldn't work through you. It's His perfection that we should glorify, not our own and our weaknesses that we should cherish, as Paul explains:


PAUL THORN IN THE FLESH & OUR THORNS IN THE FLESH
WHAT WAS PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH ORIGIN

Because of this thing I prayed to the Lord three times,
that it might depart from me.
And he said to me,

My Grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

Remember in the last chapter when Paul said he was proud of his weaknesses? This is why ...

Most gladly then, I instead take pride in my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in weakness,
in shame, in necessities, in persecutions,
and in distresses for Christ's sake:
because when I am weak, then I am strong.

I have become a fool in praising myself;
but you have forced me:
because I should have been found worthy by you,
for in nothing am I the least bit inferior
to the very chiefest Apostles,
though I am nothing.

Truly I performed the signs of an Apostle among you
in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

How were you inferior to other churches,
unless it was that I myself was not costly to you?
Forgive me this wrong.
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you;
and I will not be costly to you:
for I seek not yours (your belongings) but you:
for the children shouldn't provide for the parents,
but the parents for the children.

And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;
and though the more abundantly I love you,
the less I am loved.

But be that as it may, I did not burden you:
nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

Did I take any advantage of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
I requested Titus, and with him I sent a brother.
Did Titus take any advantage of you?
Didn't we walk in the same spirit?
Didn't we walk in the same steps?

We don't say this to gain your approval.
We speak before God in Christ:
but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your betterment.

For I fear, that when I visit you,
I shall not find you as I hope,
and that you shall not find me as you hope:
that there will be debates, jealousy, anger, conflicts,
slander, whisperings, swellings, violence:
And that, when I come again,
my God will humble me among you,
and that I shall be sorrowful for many which have sinned already,
and have not repented of the uncleanness
and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

PAUL THORN IN THE FLESH - ALL THORNS IN THE FLESH
WHAT WAS PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH WARNING

Once again, I remind you that Paul is speaking to those who hadn't repented in Corinth, not the entire church. Lot's of good lessons about weakness hidden in Paul's words if you go back and search them out. They're different for everyone. Maybe you're a leader and you feel like you have weaknesses that annoy you. What if these weaknesses are intentionally given to you because someone else has been blessed with strength (in that area) so that the body of Christ can co-operate and nobody feels like they're left out? Your thorn is somebody else's rose, and vice versa. And weakness is also God's way of urging you to depend on Him.


PAUL THORN IN THE FLESH & OUR THORNS IN THE FLESH STUDY ASKING WHAT WAS PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH SUMMARY

Well, there's only one chapter left in this great letter from Paul to study, as we steadily make our way through the New Testament, so come on back soon and we'll take a look at the conclusion of Paul's letter, right here at Daily Bread.


C-O-O-L RELATED STUDIES

THORN IN THE FLESH

CALLING

HUMILITY

PATIENCE

SPIRITUAL REALM

TRIALS AND TRIBULATION

VISIONS AND DREAMS

WHO AM I

WHY GOD

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