2 Corinthians 12:7
7And 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 I should be exalted above measure.

Here is one place where it does not even make any logical sense what Paul is saying. Think this through carefully. Paul is basically stating that because he received so many revelations, to keep him from being prideful, a messenger of Satan was sent to beat him up. Can you imagine being abused for revelations you didn’t ask for?? That doesn’t sound like the doings of a merciful and forgiving Creator.

The Greek word for “buffet” is kolaphiz┼Ź
Strong’s number: 2852
1. to strike with the fist, give one a blow with the fist
2. to maltreat, treat with violence and contumely

If he was given so many revelations, why then was he punished for it? Regardless of whether this “thorn” meant a physical defect which tormented him or if it was an actual malevolent entity which tormented him, God would not mistreat those who obey and love Him. If Paul was such a super apostle, as so many people believe him to be, then he wouldn’t have a problem of falling into pride so much so that he needed a satanic being to give him a beating. Punishment are for the ungodly and wicked. The Lord blesses, protects and rewards those who are righteous, those who are His. You will find that throughout the book of Psalms and Proverbs. I only listed a few below.

Psalms 5:12
12For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Psalms 18:20
20The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

Even Paul’s own words in 2 Thessalonians 3:3 contradict what he tells us.

2 Thessalonians 3:3
3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Did Saul have a clean and pure heart? (See Reasons #2 & 3)
Was he vain and proud? (See Reason #1)
Did he swear deceitfully? (See Reason #4)

Psalms 24:4-5
4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

1 John 5:18
18We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

So ask yourself this question, “Would an apostle be tormented by a messenger of Satan?” Were any of the twelve apostles buffeted by satanic messengers? John says that those who are born of God does not sin; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that the wicked one cannot touch him (1 John 5:18). Therefore, if Saul is the super apostle he claims to be why would a messenger of Satan abuse him? If a super apostle could suffer such treatment from an Almighty loving Creator, then what of us?

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