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BUFFETED YES, NEVER DEFEATED

Buffeted Yes, Never Defeated 6/21/2012 “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.”2 Corinthians 12:7. One very interesting word in this verse is “buffet”. The Greek word is “kolaphizō” and the complete meaning is even more interesting. I’ll get to it in a moment. The word “Kolaphizō” comes from the Greek root word “kolazō” which means to curb, check, restrain, to chastise, correct, or to cause to be punished. Understanding these terms makes it easier to identify with Paul’s predicament. His thorn in the flesh is the messenger of Satan, the one doing all the buffeting. As Paul traveled he would continually come up against restraints which would hinder him in conveying the message God had assigned to him to deliver. Satan’s continual attempt to stop Paul was unsuccessful. Notice God won every round; Satan always loses when he t…