A Golden Nugget
A Golden Nugget
I awakened with this in my mind and could not shake it… II Corinthians 12:7 where Paul said this: “7 The extraordinary level of the revelations I’ve received is no reason for anyone to exalt me.[h] For this is why a thorn in my flesh was given to me, the Adversary’s messenger sent to harass me,[i] keeping me from becoming arrogant.”
Harass or some versions say “buffet” same meaning here and “messenger” indicates something maybe spoken or whispered in this case, like to others to harass Paul perhaps which ties in to the whole “thorn in the flesh” which “thorn” from study mead to prick and it’s an idiom. After much research as this isn’t the first time I have researched and sought out answers on this matter, but because many like to use this verse to explain away why “some don’t get healed” and die, I sensed it was time to perhaps shed some light. I would suggest that one main reason this was written in scripture was prophetic of what was to come, even in our time known as “Kingdom Age”.
After seeking this out for many years it is and has been my conclusion from everything the scriptures present and what I have sensed in my spirit by revelation of this that it does not seem likely to have been a physical affliction. Paul never describes physical ailments as one of his many afflictions that he had to endure. BUT this is different. IF you read the whole context for which he wrote this, you will see for yourselves that he was given the first opportunity to have an “out of body” experience and visit Heaven!
This could have been something where people would have exalted him instead of the LORD and its why he was so careful in the way he presented it by using third person.
Where this verse has I believe, been misunderstood and even misused by many leaders trying to “explain away” about someone dying of a disease or affliction, I truly believe was meant to actually help people not to become too “big headed” in their supernatural experiences with God! Far too often people elevate other people because OF their supernatural experiences and it is too easy for the flesh to be “flattered” in that!
Pride is dangerous and its very deadly to exalt another human like an “idol” or worship them by how much one esteems them. Idolatry is NOT equated with honor and respect, they are vastly different.
It seems we have maybe missed the point of this letter Paul wrote in the way that Holy Spirit would use to teach us…
Think on this beloved, the 12 Apostles actually walked with and knew Jesus in person, Paul never did. Why is this important?
Paul was the first Apostle that was taught in the spiritual realm by Jesus meaning? HE was the first to actually have an out of body experience to visit Heaven. Heaven where the Father is… not Paradise as they are two different places. Jesus TOOK the ones who had been held captive in Paradise into the Heavenly realm where our Heavenly Father exists (and beyond mind you, He is after all Omnipresent and Omnipotent). So, when Paul who in this very chapter describes his out of body experience with the Lord (in third person, and he explains), he is the first one to do so.
Overshadowed by the great loving apostle John who was a “revelator” it would seem that Paul too, was a type of revelator as well and the first one. Not that being first matters but in some ways it does when you consider the fact he had been a Pharisee that persecuted the ones who followed Jesus!
So, what was the messenger of the accuser doing? The one thing that from scripture and what I get in my spirit is this, Paul was one that many were afraid of so the very ones he was sent too would have a difficult time “hearing” and/or receiving him that said, God in His mercy and in His divine plan sent Paul to the Gentiles which for Paul’s upbringing would be quite difficult. Along the way, he was persecuted and accused time and time again and it seems it would be disheartening and even frustrating when you go somewhere only to be rejected each time by you own and even to the point they would want to kill you.
God didn’t remove that aspect from Paul’s life the entirety of his life and like the other Apostles (except John), Paul was martyred.
Paul taught things with a “heaven to earth” manner whereas, the others way of teaching was more an earth with heaven revealed through Jesus way.
What am I saying? The apostles were eye witnesses of Jesus and His message and of Who He was and is… Paul on the other hand taught from a Heavenly revelation where Jesus appeared to him in visions and even took him into the Kingdom of Heaven realm.
I John 1:1-3 TPT
“We saw him with our very own eyes. We gazed upon him and heard him speak. Our hands actually touched him, the one who was from the beginning, the Living Expression of God. 2 This Life-Giver was made visible
and we have seen him. We testify to this truth: the eternal Life-Giver lived face-to-face with the Father and has now dawned upon us. 3 So we proclaim to you what we have seen and heard about this Life-Giver so that we share and enjoy this life together. For truly our fellowship[f] is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus, the Anointed One.”
There is much more to say in this whole thing about Paul and what GOD is saying about His taking people into heaven more and more to show them HIS Kingdom of heaven realm.
But to sum up the initial reason for sharing this message is this… because it is written in Psalms 103:3 “You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease”. Or as you may know it this way “He heals us of all our diseases and infirmities” which is a prophetic declaration fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ not only our Savior and Deliverer but our Healer! If Jesus took all those horrible beatings and the scripture prophesies he took all our infirmities in the shedding of His blood by these beatings and nailed it along with sin to the cross, why on earth would our very good Heavenly Father “afflict” us? It would be like a father breaking his kids arm so he could show compassion to the child… how ridiculous does that sound??
These are some things to ponder and hopefully you will take before the Lord asking Holy Spirit to “teach you” so you can glean the full revelation with understanding of this passage.