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“And least I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure” - 2 Corinthians 12:7, KJV. To help get a better understanding other translations at the beginning of this verse other translations say to keep me from becoming conceited. We as Christian’s, human being living on God’s earth love attention, accolades’, praise. In the scripture in this we have here, Paul has received a special gift that he can receive revelations from God. In his revelation, Paul receives a thorn in the flesh. There are many speculations on what the thorn was; we will elaborate on that a little later in the paper. The focus as of yet will be on humbling down of Paul and how this passage of scripture starts out. I think we often miss this point. The point being we concentrate on the thorn and oh, I wonder what it was. If you look at the start of the verse least, I should be exalted or conceited above measure, displays Paul, in humble adoration. In his writings, he would often make it evidently clear that it was nothing he was doing or could do but it was always about Christ. What a lesson for the Christian today if we could set our minds that there will be thorns along the way, but Christ. Christ himself was not conceited, or prideful his pattern should be emulated. The rhetorical Paul here follows the pattern of the Christ in complete acknowledgement of giving oneself completely. We will remember in the verse prior to this one that Paul reiterates his humbleness taking all attention away from himself giving credit where credit is due. Furthermore, he sends a strong message to those false teachers that questioned h... ... middle of paper ... ...a few years ago when I say elderly I mean every bit of 99 years of age. She would catch the church van to services to church every Sunday. She often talked to me about how important it was for her to be at services. She was handicapped and could barely walk. She told me one day that she knew that the Lord was using her being there for some reason but she could not quite understand why. My military travel took me away from that congregation a year later. I often thought about my dear sister. Little did I know, as I look back on it that God could have been using her to encourage everyone there! Just by her presence as well as the oldest one, there was an encouragement to me. Not to mention handicapped, yet she was still willing to serve God in her capacity. I think back on my dear sister, I think about Paul, handicapped in some form or fashion but still he served.


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