Paul’s thorn in the flesh

Rook

New Member
And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch.” 2 Corinthians 12:7

It’s strange to me that it’s taught by brethren that no one knows what this is or what it could have been.

Clearly this reference applies to a person…maybe multiple people, but even that seems a bit of a stretch to me. He didn’t bother going into much detail about them, and for a reason I’m sure, but again I don’t understand why brethren say we can’t possibly know what he was referring to. Even though it’s a figure of speech he tells us right there in the same breath that this thorn in the flesh he speaks of is a messenger of Satan. I’m curious if it could possibly be referring to someone who was stalking and harassing him in some ways.
i supposed the takeaway for us is that, even though this is something that Paul had to deal with from the enemy it was not enough to stop the work he did, which is a good thing!
 

Bob Carabbio

Well-known member
And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch.” 2 Corinthians 12:7

It’s strange to me that it’s taught by brethren that no one knows what this is or what it could have been.

Clearly this reference applies to a person…maybe multiple people, but even that seems a bit of a stretch to me. He didn’t bother going into much detail about them, and for a reason I’m sure, but again I don’t understand why brethren say we can’t possibly know what he was referring to. Even though it’s a figure of speech he tells us right there in the same breath that this thorn in the flesh he speaks of is a messenger of Satan. I’m curious if it could possibly be referring to someone who was stalking and harassing him in some ways.
i supposed the takeaway for us is that, even though this is something that Paul had to deal with from the enemy it was not enough to stop the work he did, which is a good thing!
Since Paul was a religious terrorist, and murderer before His salvation - I'm sure satan and his folks took vicious pleasure in REMINDING HIM what he had been, and who he'd hurt, and who he'd destroyed back in the day. Maybe he'd run into friends or family of the folks he'd destroyed, which couldn't have been pleasant, and of course his old acquaintances among the pharisees, probably enjoyed tossing things in his teeth whenever they could.
 
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