What is Paul’s thorn in the flesh, explained by apologist John MacArthur
There are a dozen ways of interpreting apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh, but the most popular interpretation is that the thorn was a physical ailment that he had to suffer.
However, leading apologist John MacArthur sees it as a literal person, not some form of weakness, disability, or whatnot.
God sent an Angelos (ἄγγελος), which is a messenger of Satan in the case of people. It is most likely a false teacher possed by a demon to torment Paul.
Humble messenger of God
Many times, God allows the enemy to wreak havoc in our lives to test our faith or humble us. It’s not because we’re too proud but because we may become one and depend on what we know rather than Christ alone. [Divine affliction]
In the case of Paul, tearing and challenging his mission in Corinth was necessary to stop Paul from being conceited, according to MacArthur. After all, the revelations of Jesus unique to him may cause pride, which is the secret sin of many pastors.
To test our faith or humble us.