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The Strength of Grace
February 16, 2022

The Strength of Grace

February 16, 2022

 

Wednesday February 16, 2022

🗣 SPEAKER: • BISHOP ANDRE BLAKE 

📚  SERIES: THE GRACE IMPACT (6)

📍 SUBJECT: • The Strength of God’s Grace

• Focus 6) Sufficiency through Grace – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 pg ~ 292

📖 SCRIPTURE: • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

🆚 SPOTLIGHT-VERSE2 Corinthians 12:9

💡 SUPER-IDEA: • “G….”

🎯 SESSION TARGET: To…

🙏 PRAYER

RECAP:

(1) Salvation through Grace – Eph. 2:8-10 (pg. ~ 270)

(2) Stewardship of God’s Grace – 1 Peter 4:7-11 pg. ~ 273

(3) Serving through Grace – Romans 15:14-15 (pg. ~ 276)

(4) Growing through Grace – 2 Peter 3:17-18 (pg. 281)

(5) Giving through Grace – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7;9:6-8 (pg 286)

(6) Sufficiency through Grace – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 pg ~ 292

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• “Grace is the key to life and is sufficient for every need.”

It is important to note that “Grace emphasizes not what we do for God but what God does for us”. But it is not only His activity for us; it is his activity in us!” 

Pail said it in Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure”. 

2 Corinthians 12:7speaks Of revelations a man received’. 

▪️Most scholars and interpreters conclude that the man was Paul himself and that fourteen years earlier she had a divine revelation no other person ever saw or heard. He was caught up to the third heavens into the very presence of God.

=•> Paul didn’t say much about this experience because he understood that it wasn’t God’s will for him to be honored more than necessary. 

=> This is clearly a demonstration of Paul’s awareness of God’s grace towards him and his humility in the privilege he was given.

But, hear is something very interesting that Paul said,

“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was GIVEN to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.”

2 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV

https://accordance.bible/link/read/NKJVS#2Cor._12:7

▪️ The torn mentioned here in the text, is unclear. We don’t really know for sure what it was, although many seem to believe that the language indicates that it was, physical, painful and humiliating.

=•> What is clear is that, it was a divinely allowed satanic affliction with a sovereign purpose. Paul said, it this way, “lest I be exalted above measure.”

() Could it be that some afflictions that God has allowed to come into our lives is designed to keep us from pride?

A) 2 Corinthians 12:8 records that Paul Prayed about his affliction. 

Let’s look at the manner in which prayed.

1. He prayed specifically 

2. He prayed earnestly 

3. He prayed repeatedly 

4. He prayed purposefully 

He said, the Lord answered his prayer in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

The Lord said to him, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

https://accordance.bible/link/read/NKJVS#2Cor._12:9

B) ▪️ “He said”, is in the perfect tense (in Greek), a tense that describes the action as started in the past but continuing in the present

• So it simply me what Christ said then still stands today.

✝️ Christ grace is still sufficient for us today in our weaknesses.

C) 🔑 “My grace”, think about it we have access to Christ grace. 

🔹 The Christ Grace is enough for every need we have. 

Interestingly, this is the only time the New Testament that this expression is found. 

In other places in scriptures we found other expressions of Christ grace that gives us more insight into what it’s all about, such as in John 1:16, Romans 5:20 and 21. 

✝️ The Lords Grace is not only saving Grace but sufficient grace

D) ▪️ “Is sufficient” means to be possessed of adequate strength, to be strong, to be enough for a thing. 

✝️ Christ grace is unfailingly adequate for every affliction.

A) “For my strength is made perfect [perfect] in weakness”. In its original language (Greek) “perfect” is a present passive verb. It means that through this “thorn” God was perfecting Paul. 

=•> Isn’t it interesting that 🕎 sometimes God uses what pains us to perfect us

B) God was maturing Paul, completing him in spirit through this means. 

🕎 God often perfect us through the “thorns” (pain) in our lives

🔹 Learning to live with something challenging often leads to greater strength, understanding and wisdom. 

James said, 

2 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

(James 1:2–4 NKJV)

https://accordance.bible/link/read/NKJVS#James_1:2

🔹 The grace that God gives to us is able to transform an irritation into a spiritual motivation. 

🕎 God can use what irritate you to motivate you to greater maturity in Christ

Essential this is the difference between the Greek perfect tense and present tense. 

We can compare St. John 19:30 with 2 Corinthians 9:12:9. 

Look,at what is said, 

Jesus said, “it is finish” – perfect tense. In other words, redemption is completed and continues to be so. 

While 2 Corinthians 12:9, says, “is made perfect,” present tense, in the passive voice verb form.

The present tense is continuous action, suggesting that Paul’s strength is continually being perfected. The passive voice means that the subject is being acted on. 

📌 God is still working on me. 

God uses many things to perfect us.

– through unchanging situations

– through long suffering

– through extra ordinary adversity

This is so in order that Christ power is perfected in us.

Here is what Paul said here, 

“Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”. 2 Corinthians 12:9b

The verb here describes, something likes a tent covering us. This is the only time this word is used in the New Testament. 

There is a simple form found in John 1:14, “the word… dwelt among us.”

Grace in all it’s sufficiency. 

2 Corinthians 12:10 

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Contentment in challenges comes from grace of Christ.

The lords grace is so powerful or amazing that when we rely on it, we are able to rejoice in our trials. 

The grace of God is sufficient for all circumstances especially those beyond our control.

God did not give Paul any explanations but instead gave him His grace

Sometimes we ask God for explanation but hawt we really need is grace.

What are you going though at this point that is overwhelming?

The Lord said, my grace is sufficient 

 

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