A Literal Blow
by Ronald W Robey
 
Many times, people use the account of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” to justify ungodly thoughts and/or sinful actions. Their reasoning is, “God didn’t remove this thorn so that I would be kept humble.”
 
The fact is, Paul was not speaking of sinful thoughts, nor of his own sinful actions, in that passage.
 
The word “buffet” in 2 Corinthians 12 is translated from the Greek “kolaphizo”. It is defined as “to rap with the fist.”
 
The word is only used twice in the KJV. The other time is when Jesus Christ was being beaten prior to His crucifixion.
 
Both times the word “buffet” is used, it is speaking of a literal beating, not sinful thoughts. In each instance, a messenger(s) of satan was striking another person with his fist(s)
 
Sinful thoughts arise in people’s hearts because of the heart of man. When sinful thoughts arise, it is best to pray, read your Bible, sing Hymns of thanksgiving and praise,… anything that turns your focus from satisfying self and toward pleasing God. These are the means of escape that God has given us to overcome temptations.
 
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
 
James 1:13-16 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
 
Matthew 15:19-20 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
 
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
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