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January 24, 2015 / Samuel

刺 [Thorn]

书卷:哥林多后书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多后书12章7节:“又恐怕我因所得的启示甚大,就过于自高,所以有一根刺加在我肉体上,就是撒旦的差役要攻击我,免得我过于自高。”

今日默想:启示能拔高一个人的属灵程度,但也能叫人自高自大。因此每一个有启示的人,都需要加上一根刺来保护他,可见刺虽使人觉得痛苦,却具有平衡与保护的作用。有特别启示的,就有特别的刺。这是上帝的安排,是不能挪开的命定。这不仅是要治死人的自高,更是要显出基督的能力,如何是人软弱中丰满完全的恩典。解经家据此猜测这根刺是指保罗身上患有疾病。基督徒患病,有时和罪恶无关。有的人上帝是特别借着疾病管教他,特别摸着他的某一点。保罗的例子,上帝是要叫他免得自高。上帝允许撒旦的差役攻击祂的儿女,是要向宇宙显明上帝百般的智慧。撒旦自己是因为骄傲而从天使长变成魔鬼,上帝为了叫我们免去骄傲,使人不至落在撒旦的刑罚里,就容许撒但的差役攻击我们。我们若因此更加谦卑而不骄傲,就是对撒旦的大得胜。

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Book: 2 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

2 Corinthians 12:7 :“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.”

Today’s Meditation: Revelation can improve one’s spiritual maturity as well as making one proud. Everyone with revelation is given a thorn to protect him. That thorn despite painful, can balance and protect one. With special revelation comes special thorn. This is the arrangement of God and we cannot escape. This can avoid us from turning proud and to reveal the power of Christ to make us perfect in weakness. Exegetes guess that the thorn could be a sickness on Paul. Our sickness is irrelevant with our sins. Some people need sickness from God to discipline them especially the deeper part of their mind. In the example of Paul, God wanted him to be humble. God allows Satan to attack His children to reveal His wisdom. Satan turned from angel to demon due to pride. God wants us to keep off prides so that we will not fall in Satan’s hands. Thus, He allows Satan to attack us. If we can be humble through this, we have won over Satan.

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