messenger

2 Corinthians 12:7

12:7 messenger. “Messenger” is the same word as “angel.” Satan, being a created being, is not omnipresent, but he has a multitude of fallen angels, or evil spirits, that do his evil work among men. In Job’s case (Job 2:4-6) and here in Paul’s case, God allowed these creatures to vent their hatred against God’s people in inflicting them with physical afflictions, hoping thereby to cause them to rebel against God or to destroy their testimony in some way. It would be unwise, of course, to blame all pain and sickness on Satan, except in the general sense that he introduced sin and its consequences into God’s perfect creation. Nevertheless, this particular cause of pain is always a possibility that should at least be considered, and perhaps dealt with accordingly.

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