The greatest confusion with humanity is not being aware that the “I am” is different from the physical nature. Mistaken for the physical body, humans assume being incapacitated. While necessary for humans to be in physical bodies, the heavenly bodies are more effective and significant. The aim ought to be renouncing the physical body to obtain the spiritual or celestial bodies.
“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Corinthians 2:1-4 NIV).
Paul indicates the possibility of deception with humanity, where the acceptance of repentance, makes one assume having attained salvation. Who is this lawless man that Paul talks about? A believer ought to know what he/she is up against, to be assured of being in the right direction.
This could be contextualized as referring to authoritarian power, regarded with honour in this world. But, God’s temple is the physical body of a believer, who assumes having already achieved salvation. It is easy to exalt oneself, for anyone who would have attained superior knowledge ahead of others. Paul revealed that he kept himself conscious of that possibility.
“Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:6-10 NIV).
Paul was speaking as one consciously vulnerable to the man of sin. Hence he took delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions and in difficulties. Paul had discovered that he was spiritually stronger in physical weaknesses. The revelations that Paul had acquired could have caused him to be elevated to God’s position.
Those of this world get easily fascinated by anyone with knowledge. In their ignorance, people are susceptible to worship those with knowledge, observed as surpassing everyone else. Potentially, every human being has Godly power. But that power should not excite anyone to accept adulation from fellow humans. The man of sin feels good when praised by fellow humans.