Many explanations have been put forward, but whether paul is referring to a physical, spiritual, or emotional afflictionor something else entirelyhas never been answered with satisfaction. Yet something tormented paul and was an incredible burden for him. Recommended resources on divine healing charismata matters. It was something god allowed in order to keep paul from becoming conceited vs. Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalti. Paul received this assigned demon because he saw revelations of the third heavens. There are so many different opinions on what pauls thorn in the flesh was that we need to take a closer look at the verses involved to get to the root of the true meaning. Most christians today have an understanding that pain, suffering, and sickness is from god. The nature of the thorn in the flesh is not revealed.
Paul himself plainly states that this thorn in the flesh was given to him by a messenger of satan a special force that had been dispatched to keep paul from gaining additional status and prestige and to prevent him from taking the gospel further and higher into the world scene. In this powerful and eyeopening book, charles capps writes about the true nature of pauls thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan. Paul said, i preached to you through physical infirmityillness, and you did not reject the trial that was in my flesh. Jul 26, 2016 yet something tormented paul and was an incredible burden for him. What is your opinion of pauls thorn in the flesh and what does paul mean when he says he pleaded with the lord to remove it. Today i want us to delve into this verse to discover the identity of this thorn in the flesh and where it came from. This dvd ends with three visible healings of people in serious pain. These were the heathens that the israelites had to deal with as they entered into their promised land of canaan. Some claim that it was likely some physical ailment like arthritis. Here, joshua was referring to people, not diseases or infirmities. Aug 09, 2015 pauls thorn the greek for messenger is angelico. Jun 20, 2017 some have assumed as i once did that this thorn in the flesh was a physical illness.
Some bible commentaries focus on the messenger of satan in this. Paul uses the verb form of the greek word in the preceding chapter 11. Kruse writes of the thorn, most modern interpreters prefer to see it as some sort of physical ailment, and the fact that paul calls it a thorn in the flesh offers some support for this. Do you want the prickly, uncomfortable thorn in your flesh to go away. Blisters with pride swelld, which throughs flesh did sprout. An obvious interpretation is that paul is talking in pictures about his enemies. It doesnt mean we cant offer some educated guesses, but first, lets take a look at the relevant scripture. In 1681 a printer, roger boulter, published miscellaneous poems.
Though it is not profitable, i will go on to visions and revelations from the lord. The ministry of the thorn johnny hunt sermon outlines and. Many have wondered what exactly paul was referring to when he said in 2 corinthians 12. This is one of the scripture passages that has been most abused with terrible exegesis and reading human traditions into scripture. There is no way to escape the truth that pauls thorn in the flesh was a physical problem that people could see, and some rejected him because of it but not those who believed his preaching in galatia. The most popular range from various and sundry illnesses malaria, epilepsy, ophthalmia, etc. The being exalted here was not a negative thing like pride, but was a positive thing. Thorn in the flesh is an idiom, found in scripture, with which paul, as a pharisee, would have been well acquainted. Kendall in this book explains what a thorn in the flesh is, why we have it, and what we should understand by it. However, there is nothing in the context to suggest that. Paul referred to this burden as a thorn in the flesh 2 corinthians 12. No one knows for sure what pauls thorn in the flesh was. This demon persecuted paul made it tough for him to minister, although god always healed him of physical maladies.
It was sent to buffet him, which points in context to the beatings and persecutions that paul endured. In the book of judges, after the children of israel had disobeyed the lord, he pronounced a curse over them. The thorn in the flesh goodreads meet your next favorite book. This following is a paper that was submitted for coursework at liberty university. Pauls thorn in the flesh a sermon by george muller of bristol a sermon preached by george muller on sunday evening, july 11th, 1897 at bethesda chapel, great george street, bristol and lest i should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given. The physical ailment theory in regard to paul s thorn in the flesh note. The phrase paul uses describes a sharp stick or splinter which is constantly cutting into pauls body. And lest i should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me, lest i should be exalted above measure. No one knows for sure what paul s thorn in the flesh was.
The physical ailment theory in regard to pauls thorn in the. There are 3 doubts that prevent many christians from receiving healing. I know a man in christ who fourteen years ago whether in the body or out of the body i do not know, god knows was caught up to the third heaven. Verse 5 goes on to say, i did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest dr.
Pauls thorn in the flesh was not given to humble him. So, gods goal in allowing the thorn in the flesh was to keep paul humble. The name jeremiah occurs in 7 ot books in 7 forms of hebrew, and the number. If we have only blessings, we may become proud, so he permits us to have burdens as well. Many throughout the ages have attempted to figure out what pauls thorn in the flesh was. God wants you well what about pauls thorn in flesh 2 of 4 andrew wommack. Daniel pauly, university of british columbia, vancouver. Christ centered healing seminar notebook by roger sapp. Pauls thorn in the flesh andrew wommack ministries.
If we look at the context of pauls thorn in the flesh, we find that infirmity does not mean sickness in 2 corinthians 12. Laplaces demon was endorsed by roger joseph boscov. One possibility is that pauls thorn in the flesh is an illness. Thorn in the flesh is a phrase of new testament origin used to describe an annoyance, or trouble in ones life, drawn from paul the apostles use of the phrase in his second epistle to the corinthians 12. Bible students have struggled ever since the letter was written to understand exactly what paul is talking about, and in truth we will probably never know. The context is a report of visions and revelations of the lord, in particular an account of how a man in christ paul. The preceding verses tell us that 14 years earlier most. Had paul told us exactly what his thorn was, scores of us, perhaps you included, would have been deprived of a great truth because we would reason, my thorn is different from pauls. In this book all the lyrics are printed in full, in the order in which i. Jan 19, 2015 had paul told us exactly what his thorn was, scores of us, perhaps you included, would have been deprived of a great truth because we would reason, my thorn is different from pauls. In all of its scriptural occurrences, this idiom is used to refer to people who harass.
And i know that this man whether in the body or apart from the body i do not know, god knows was. Mar 24, 2018 many people have tried to understand what pauls thorn in the flesh was. He also tackles the autoresponse of what about pauls thorn in the flesh, showing clearly that this thorn wasnt a physical malady, but a spiritual aggravation messenger of satan. These are just a selection of great books and av media on healing, prayer. We know that paul suffered from a disease at some point in his ministry because he wrote to the galatians, it was because of an illness that i first preached the gospel to you. Believe that your thorn in the flesh is for your good, and that it is the best thing that will ever happen to younext to your conversion and anointing. What was disturbing paul so much in 2 corinthians 12. Jan 04, 2017 hank hanegraaff, host of the bible answer man, answers the question. When i got a solid scriptural understanding of this and of the book of job, my life changed forever. Out of 186 uses in the kjv new testament, this word is translated messenger 7 times, and angel 179 times. One possibility is that paul s thorn in the flesh is an illness. Roger sapp shares his own testimony of how he received healing in this dvd and then goes on to show how it is possible to be completely confident about the will of god in healing. Again, roger sapps book provides exhaustive detailing of all the new testament scriptures regarding healing and builds a very sound foundation for faith in this. He shows you how to walk in gods grace and triumph over this enemy sent to harass and keep you from gods greater blessings in your life.
Many of the theologians of our day have made the assumption that the thorn in the flesh that paul referenced in 2nd corinthians was likely some physical ailment. It has been revealed that when the apostle paul wrote down, christ jesus. Paul stated that god had given him a thorn in his flesh in order to keep him humble because of the revelation that was in his life. The ministry of the thorn johnny hunt 2 corinthians 12. Darwins fishes by daniel pauly cambridge university press. Pauls thorn in the flesh it is necessary to go on boasting. There are so many different opinions on what paul s thorn in the flesh was that we need to take a closer look at the verses involved to get to the root of the true meaning. God did tell paul tha his grace was sufficient when he had prayed to have this thorn in the flesh taken away. In addition to the men who followed jesus before his death and resurrection, the leaders of the movement known as the way included the apostle paul. Cups teach about the wrath of god storms teach about the worship of god thorns teach about the ways of god the lord knows how to balance our lives. Roger sapp has some excellent teaching about healing that anyone can watch on youtube. This attack on the flesh human nature and emotions could easily bring about physical symptoms.
The physical ailment theory in regard to pauls thorn in. Pauls thorn in the flesh was the many human messengers that satan sent against him to stop him from making known the gospel of christ. Aug 17, 2015 paul said, i preached to you through physical infirmityillness, and you did not reject the trial that was in my flesh. One of the most common arguments to the idea that it is gods will for all to be healed is the mention of what the scriptures refer to as the apostle pauls thorn in the flesh. The word messenger here is the same as the word angel. Nov 11, 2015 there was given me a thorn in the flesh 2 corinthians 12. It was permanent since god was not willing to take it away from paul vs. I think the first understanding, that pauls thorn in the flesh was a disease he couldnt recover from, is more likely the correct one. However, there has been much controversy over what the thorn in his flesh was, and how god could allow such a thing to exist. Paul seems to conceal as much as he reveals about the thorn in the flesh that was given to him lest he exalt himself 2 cor 12. Last week we saw why pauls thorn in the flesh had nothing to do with pride. What was pauls thorn in the flesh 2 corinthians 12. The ministry of the thorn johnny hunt sermon outlines.
Many theologians have made a lot of careless and presumptuous assumption about what pauls thorn in the flesh 2nd corinthians was. On nonlinear materiality edinburgh research explorer. Sep 26, 20 i think the first understanding, that pauls thorn in the flesh was a disease he couldnt recover from, is more likely the correct one. If we look at the context of pauls mention of his thorn in the flesh in verses 910, we can see clearly that the word infirmity is not referring to a sickness that paul was suffering from. Pauls thorn in the flesh studying the bible, it becomes apparent that jesus handpicked a number of his disciples to continue to spread his message after jesus ascended to heaven. In considering these facts, it is not at all unreasonable to believe that pauls thorn in the flesh may have been internal. It was permanent since god was not willing to take it. There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me. To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations. Jun 14, 2017 today we have part 1 of a series on pauls thorn in the flesh. Paul speaks of a thorn in the flesh in 2 corinthians 12. But this way all of us can identify with that thorn in the flesh that paul prayed about three times, specifically asking god to remove it. Here he was gods servant being given a thorn in the flesh to prevent him from being conceited puffed up. There is no verse of scripture giving any indication that the thorn was anything other than people, and certainly no verse saying it was a sickness.
Most people think of this discomfort as a physical pain, but kendall explains how god gets your attention through loneliness, a handicap or disability, an enemy, an unhappy marriage. Some say it was a tormenting individual who just wouldnt leave him alone, some say it was a physical infirmity, others say it was a fleshly temptation, still others say it was the guilt of his murdering stephen and other christians. The first step for a believer to engage in effective healing prayer is to have revelation of gods willingness to heal everybody. These considerations give weight to the idea of the thorn in the flesh as a physical problem. May 28, 2017 a thorn in your eyes is a thorn in the flesh. The following is an excerpt from the macarthur new testament commentary on 2 corinthians 12. Scripture says that this thorn was the messenger of satan. Center for biblical theology and eschatology what was the thorn in the flesh 2 corinthians 12.
We just dont know because the bible does not tell us. Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for. Serving as a loving thorn in the churchs side, hayes sees herself as a. Melvin sapp the younger must respect the older, and the older teach the. Pauls thorn in the flesh was a blessing getalongwithgod. Jan 02, 2020 no one can say for sure what pauls thorn in the flesh was, but it was a source of real pain in the apostles life. Heavenly revelations such as paul had can lift us exceedingly high in the knowledge of jesus and into a heavenly perspective. Paul s thorn in the flesh was a messenger of satan who was sent to buffet him.
It is time for believers to accept that god has allowed lifes splinters for a victorious purpose of humility and not taking life too seriously. There was given me a thorn in the flesh 2 corinthians 12. In this book, we will explore the mystery of the thorn in the flesh. He calls it a messenger of satan that had a purpose of torment. God did not give paul a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming proud. Oct 27, 2011 again, roger sapps book provides exhaustive detailing of all the new testament scriptures regarding healing and builds a very sound foundation for faith in this. Paul did not receive a physical thorn in his flesh therefore the expression is figurative. Kendall wants you to know that god gives you thorns for your benefit. And what we believe about that thorn what is was where it came from and so on will have a direct effect on our ability to. The paper may not be reused and is posted only for informational and educational purposes. God has a way of working in us, that gives us strength no matter the challenge. It is a physical illness that results from psychological conditions. Paul was caught up to the 3rd heaven where the lord was 2 corinthians 12.
Hank hanegraaff, host of the bible answer man, answers the question. Some suggest that paul had a chronic physical weakness such as an eye problem galatians 4. Richards book helps us realize the pervasiveness of the biblein its many. There have been various theories offered, such as a chronic sickness and bad eyesight. Northwest florida school of biblical studies page title. Paul s thorn in the flesh studying the bible, it becomes apparent that jesus handpicked a number of his disciples to continue to spread his message after jesus ascended to heaven.1426 824 1489 926 64 290 1532 500 1034 11 1476 1231 1523 37 1255 1301 87 1347 186 640 1242 940 1534 1150 184 910 959 558 135 1486 470 1171 529 1029 258 1550 537 1402 101 1300 574 1291 831 1111 1423