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15. Paul's Infirmity



Paul had an infirmity in the flesh:

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 – “And 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. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

2 Corinthians 10:1 – “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you


It was connected with his eyesight:

Galatians 4:13-15 – “Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.”


It was connected with his speech:

2 Corinthians 10:10 – “For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 – “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

2 Corinthians 11:6 – “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.”


It was connected with his whole body:

2 Corinthians 10:10 – “For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”