Paul had been equipped of God with many abilities and accomplishments in the flesh. He was educated and experienced after the carnal achievements of this evil world, but when God introduced Himself on the Damascin road, Saul did not seek out flesh and blood, but was driven into the wilderness. There God gave him the truth by revelation, as He still does to all His children. If anyone had room to boast of all that God had given him and all he had done, Paul was well entitled. But God sent him a thorn in the flesh, a messenger from Satan, that he should not be exalted above measure; that no flesh should glory in the presence of God, and that for his good. This is the same Satan that desired to sift Peter as wheat (Luke 22:31) and that was sent of God to touch the body of Job (job 2:4). That body was fashioned of God, in Adam from the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7) and that dust was given to the serpent for his meat (Gen. 3:14; Is. 65:25). It is the same dust to which the body of Adam and all his seed shall return to (Gen. 3:19) and the dust that the daughter of Jerusalem was told to stand up and shake off before she sat down as the obedient wife and bride of our Lord (Is.52:2). It is the same dust that is to be shaken off the feet of them which preach the gospel to the heathen and say, “The Lord reigneth” and to give comfort to His children say, “Thy God reigneth”, when they do not receive them nor hear their Word (Matt. 10:14). God empowers the wicked one to perform His Most Holy Will as He separates the old man and the body of this death from the new man which delights in the Law of God. He then causes His children to, “take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions in distress for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10)
Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God, therefore the brethren are buffetted on all side yet not defeated; for nothing can separate them from the eternal love of God in His Anointed.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes