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January 24, 2015 / Samuel

刺 [Thorn]





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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