Paul’s Thorn (Weakness) was Not Sin or Sickness

Posted: August 12, 2012 in Other Teachings

When we find about Paul’s thorn in the flesh, which he calls it his weakness, it was not his Sin nor his Sickness. All through that chapter and the previous chapter, Paul was writing his story (Testimony), what he has gone through and has faced, and he was not that details there, he wrote it in a General way.

In that Story (Testimony), he wrote about his weakness several times, and that weakness he wrote about was his suffering for Christ, it was not about his sin nor any of his sicknesses, but his suffering for Christ and his persevering.

His “Testimony of WEAKNESSES” that Paul wrote about in 2 Cor 11: 23-28

– Been in prison more frequently,
– been flogged more severely,
– and been exposed to death again and again.
– Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
– Three times I was beaten with rods,
– once I was stoned,
– three times I was shipwrecked,
– I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
– I have been constantly on the move.
– I have been in danger from rivers,
– in danger from bandits,
– in danger from my own countrymen,
– in danger from Gentiles;
– in danger in the city,
– in danger in the country,
– in danger at sea;
– and in danger from False brothers.
– I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep;
– I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food;
– I have been cold and naked.
– Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

Vs 30-31 – If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my WEAKNESS. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I AM NOT LYING.

Continued in Chapter 12:

Vs 5 – I will not boast about myself, except about my WEAKNESSES.

Vs 7-9 – To keep me from becoming conceited because of these Surpassingly Great Revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But the Lord Spoke to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in WEAKNESS.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my WEAKNESSES, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Vs 10 – That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in
– In insults,
– In hardships,
– In persecutions,
– In difficulties.

For when I am WEAK, then I am strong.

So, Paul summed up His Testimonies with this sentence, “For when I am WEAK, then I am Strong”.

“For when I am WEAK, then I am strong” – When Paul’s strength has limited Abilities to face situations and circumstances, He was Empowered by the Most High God, God gave Him strength when He faced insults, hardships and difficulties. In those situations and circumstances, the Abundant and Sufficient Grace of God used to Give Him Strength and Abilities.

So, looking back from 2 Cor 11: 23 to Chapter 12:10 – all through His Testimony, we find that Paul’s weaknesses here was not Sicknesses nor Sins.

From that condition, Paul would Understand “The Sufficient Grace of God”, and there was “Sufficient Grace of God upon Paul” to face all those things. And that Grace is an awesome Grace, and we must be asking God for that Grace. God’s favor, which is the Grace of God, that Grace was the Ability to handle all those persecutions, insults, hardships, and difficulties, the Ability to do what Paul would not able with his own power and strength, but with God’s Strength and Ability, which is the Grace of God.

So, reading the testimonies in context, we could find that it was not sins nor sicknesses that Satan Torment him, but persecutions, hardships, insults, difficulties, weaknesses – not enough men’s strength, but with God’s Strength and Abilities. That was the Sufficient Grace of God, being Empowered by the Most High God.

Satan Torment Paul through those weaknesses, insults, persecutions, etc. but God’s Grace (Favor) upon Paul was Sufficient enough. There was an Abundant Grace of God for Paul in all those things, in all those situations and circumstances, to face anything that Satan brought about in front of him.

Just as Paul said, “There was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.”

Jesus too faced hardship and persecution from the messengers of Satan, who were looking for All ways to Torment Him.

And you, with the help of Wicked Men (messengers of Satan), put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. (Acts 2:23-24)

Jesus was Fully God and Fully Man, He was chased by the King of the land, King Herod, when He was born. He was persecuted by the Teachers of the Laws and Pharisees, and the Sadducees.
He was bruised, was persecuted, suffered, He was rejected, He was beaten, slapped, He was insulted, He face hardships, He faced difficulties, and even nailed on the cross to death, but to face all those situations and circumstances, the Grace (Favor) of the Father God upon Jesus was sufficient and abundant in all those situations and circumstances. Even though Jesus was even nailed on the Cross to death, He never got sick, but came to heal all our wounds and sicknesses.
He never sin either, and He was blameless.

“Just as the Grace of the Father God was Sufficient for Jesus, the Grace of God was Sufficient for Paul to face all those hardship, persecutions, insults and difficulties”.

David Chawngthu
Kingdom Apostolic Ministries
It is possible for us to see the blind sees, the deaf hears, and sicknesses bow in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The Kingdom of God should have the Power of God.


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