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A Thorn in the Flesh

A Thorn in the Flesh

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Published by Nicholas Walters

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Published by: Nicholas Walters on Sep 10, 2010
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Corinthians 12:1- 10 (5 – 10)SUBJECT:ThornTOPIC:A Thorn In The Flesh OUTLINE:
2 Corinthians 12:7 (King James Version)
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 Ishould be exalted above measure.
What was the thorn?
Who gave it?
Why was it given?
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (King James Version)
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
My Grace is sufficient
My strength is made perfect in weakness
Glory in my infirmities (for Christ’s sake)
Our response to sufferings should be
Result of, reason for  N. A. Walters - A Forever Slave Of The Master (Jesus Christ)1
Definition of the word Thorn
 – Literally ( 
G4647 –
σκόλοψ skolops -
A thorn is a pointed piece of wood, a pale, a stake, a sharp stake, or splinter 
 – Figuratively
A thorn is a bodily annoyance or disability
  – Idiom
Thorn in one's side/flesh, a source of continual irritation or suffering:
That child is athorn in the teacher's side
In verse 7 of the text,
A Thorn In The Flesh
is an idiom, in terms of the figure of speech; in short, it is a phrase that has a figurative meaning; the definition of, in context,is a,
Source Of Continual Sufferings
. That source was stated in the text, which we willlook at a bit further in the study.
Objective Of, A Thorn In The Flesh
For us to better understand what,
A Thorn In The Flesh
was, we have to understandwhat,
A Thorn In The Flesh
does. In the same verse of the text (2
Cor. 12:7), the purpose of it was to buffet the Apostle; it was to contend against him, as in battle, it wasto cause him sufferings, and not just sufferings for awhile, but continual sufferings. Thereis a purpose for the sufferings, but I want to first look at the,
Source Of Continual Sufferings
. Now for us to find the
of the Apostle’s sufferings we must first seek tofind what is it about the Apostle that causes him to undergo this suffering; what is itabout the Apostle that makes him a target of this
; who was the Apostle; fromwhose perspective was he writing. Was he writing as a citizen of Rome; was he writingas a Pharisee; or was he writing as a tentmaker. The 2
epistle to the Corinthians waswritten to followers of Christ; it was written to Christians, from a fellow Christian. TheApostle was a follower of Christ; he was a Christian, writing to fellow Christians from a
Strong’s Concordance and Bible Dictionary
 N. A. Walters - A Forever Slave Of The Master (Jesus Christ)2
10/09/2010Christian’s perspective. Therefore what made the Apostle a target of this
Source Of Continual Sufferings
was who he was, in terms of who he followed; he was a follower of Christ and hence a Christian.
(Php 1:29)
 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
2Th 1:4-5
(4) So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faithin all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:(5) Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
(2Ti 2:12)
 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
The objective of the thorn is to cause us as Christians, followers of Christ, continualsufferings, not by whatever means necessary, but continual sufferings by the mediumsthrough which it was given the power/authority to do so.
Mediums Of Continual Sufferings
To suffer means: -
to undergo a difficult situation or circumstance that causes physical and/or psychological pain and/or discomfort.
 In verse 10 of the text (2
Cor. 12) the Apostle listed five (5) mediums through which weexperience continual suffering. They are as follows:-1.Infirmities – physically or morally weak. Examples of,a.Physical sicknesses - blindness, cancer, diabetes, etc. b.Moral weaknesses – adultery, stealing, idolatry etc.2.Reproaches – insolence - victim of contemptuously rude or impertinent behaviouor speech. Any act or speech which seeks to discredit, insult, disrespect etc.example of,a.Behaviour – Jesus’ accusers, spit in His face, buffeted Him, and otherssmote Him with the palm of their hands (Mat. 26:67). N. A. Walters - A Forever Slave Of The Master (Jesus Christ)3

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