mandag 25. november 2019

No. 1481: Was the Apostle Paul's thorn in the flesh demonic Spirit powers who "set his foot" on him, and caused trouble for him?

No. 1481:
Was the Apostle Paul's thorn in the flesh demonic Spirit powers who "set his foot" on him, and caused trouble for him?

What is "thorn in the flesh". This is probably what we would say a chip in our fingers today. There is something there that bothers us, that can and can be taken away.
I come here with some considerations and views on this in this article here.
Lots of threats and noise against the Apostle Paul, but it all failed. It only made the apostle more dependent on God, which in turn allowed him to carry his testimony and preaching. Was this Paul's "thorn in the flesh"?
This very and unjust witch-hunt for him and his service to God and people? It's not entirely unlikely now I mean!

2 Cor. 12. 1. I must commend myself though it is not useful; but now I come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ - whether he was in the body, I do not know, or outside the body, I do not know; God knows - one who was moved straight into the third heaven fourteen years ago. 3 And I know this man - whether he was in the body or out of the body, I know not; God knows - 4 He was moved into Paradise and heard unspeakable words that no human being is allowed to speak. 5 Of this I will boast; but of myself I will not boast, but of my frailty. 6 For if I will boast, I will not be a fool; for there is truth I will speak; but I will, lest any man think of me more than he sees me, or heareth of me. 7 And that I should not exalt myself from the high revelations, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan, that he might smite me, that I should not exalt myself. 8 Of this I asked the Lord three times that he should depart from me; 9 And he said unto me, My grace is enough for thee; for my power is perfected in frailty. Therefore, I would rather boast of my frailty, that the power of Christ may abide in me. 10 Therefore I am well pleased in frailty, in misery, in distress, in persecution, in affliction, for Christ's sake; because when I am frail, then I am strong.

Henric Staxäng writes something interesting here:

Paul mentions his high revelation that 14 years ago he was moved straight into the third heaven, into paradise. This happened at the beginning of Paul's apostle time. After talking about this incident, Paul tells of something difficult in his life: "And so that I may not be exalted by the exceedingly great revelations, I have a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan shall strike me, that I do not exalt me. ”(verse 7).

Paul prayed to the Lord three times for deliverance, but was not heard as he intended. He was not healed or freed from this troublesome affliction and humiliation of him. Paul is not talking about what kind of burden this suffering was in his life. But it was clearly a suffering that Paul experienced as particularly heavy. It disturbed, tormented, inhibited and humiliated him. Perhaps it was some kind of physical disorder - a disability or other life burden that he experienced almost unbearably. In Galatians 4:14 Paul writes to the congregation in Galatia: "And though my flesh might tempt it, you despised and did not reproach me."

God's meaning with suffering is to teach you the great and difficult secret of godly life: "My grace is enough for you". But this blissful secret is so difficult for us to acquire and to be content with. To stand in the same line as the robber and the salvation of robbery, no it is disgusting to our old nature. When crosses, trials, sickness, weakness, adversity, defeat, false or true rumors strike you, or when a particularly long-lasting suffering, a thorn hits you, stings, hurts or bothers you, you become weary of all your own. In the end, only grace remains.
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We do not know what this was, but when we see the great opposition that the Apostle Paul experienced.
Then it is not unlikely that this was for the Apostle "a thorn in the flesh!"

But who and what created this? Supposedly, were it evil Spirit powers that exerted and influenced other people in a negative direction?
Or in other ways attacked the Apostle. Because he went through some severe disorders. We read this about here:

2 Cor. 11. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I speak in madness: I am more; I've worked more, got more punches, been in jail several times, often in death. 24 Of the Jews five times I have received forty blows at one; 25 three times I was struck by the skin, once stoned, three times I suffered shipwreck, one day I was in the deep. 26 Often I have been in journeys, in dangers in rivers, in dangers among robbers, in dangers of my people, in dangers of heathen, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the sea, in dangers among false brethren, 27 in strife and labor, often in vigil, in hunger and thirst, often in fasting, in cold and nudity. 28 Besides everything else, I still have the daily flow, the care of all the churches.

Jesus said something about himself, which also applies to his servants in the greater or greater

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