2 Corinthians 12:2-10 – The 6th Sunday following Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, July 5, 2015
â€œI was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations Iâ€™ve received so that I wouldnâ€™t be conceited.â€ (2 Corinthians 12:7)
Paul believed that thorn was a prickly gift from Satan, and prevented him from being conceited. It punctured the balloon of his vanity; it was the discarded banana skin threatening his next step; it was the â€œangelâ€ on a shoulder reminding him of his foolishness even as the â€œdevilâ€ on the other side encouraged him to brag about his Christ-inspired revelations and Godly experiences.
Professional and amateur scholars* have wondered about Paulâ€™s thorn for centuries. What was his â€œproblem?â€ Continue reading →