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The Miracle of God’s Grace

2 Cor 12:8-9 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.

Paul more than any of the Apostles of Christ received a wealth of revelation regarding God’s Grace; he had a unique understanding, that he graciously shared with the body. We misinterpret His Grace often often; we’ve heard it taught in many different ways but what is His Grace and when do we need it. Very short answer; Everything and Everyday (min & hour)!! In Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthian church, he gave an incredible lesson on God’s Grace and if we do a little digging into his words, we will be able to see the Miracle that is God’s Grace.

1. First thing we need to address is that God is speaking to us: And He said to me. This is the first miraculous portion of this text; do you recall who exactly Paul was? Paul was a persecutor of those who followed Jesus. He literally had these people jailed, stoned and even killed. Paul couldn’t be more of an enemy of God. Yet, Jesus still spoke to Paul; He actually went way beyond just speaking to Paul, He corrected Paul; He forgave Paul; He equipped Paul and He used Paul to glorify Himself. This is Grace; Jesus made His enemy His Son. This Grace is also extended to each one of us. We were once an enemy of God; yet Jesus corrected, forgave, equipped, and desires to use us. His plans for us are similar to the miraculous transformation of Paul. The Lord spoke to Paul and today speaks to us. What a miracle; God finds us worthy of His Grace

2. Distinction between His Grace and Our Grace: My grace is sufficient for you. The Grace Jesus speaks of to Paul is an inexhaustible empowerment that regardless of what we’ve done or will do; regardless of what we’ll ever need; is available to us in abundance. His Grace is sufficient because it never runs out; this word sufficient actually means to be content, to be enough, to suffice. His Grace however, is always more than enough; because He does exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think (Eph 3:20). No matter what you and I need, what is burdening us (like Paul’s thorn in the flesh), or even what we don’t realize is (God’s plan Jer 29:11) planned for us; His Grace is more than enough. Yet another miracle of His Grace, it’s Inexhaustible.

3. Our Weakness is His Strength: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. The Lord declares that His strength is perfected in our weakness. That means that every time we feel weak, it is an opportunity for God to show His strength in our situation. Therefore, we need to first acknowledge our weaknesses. Now our weakness is clear to us (and especially to those around us) yet when we don’t acknowledge that we have weaknesses, we are being Proud. Peter actually helps us with this, “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Pet 5:5). It is by humility that we acknowledge our weakness, but we then must give those weaknesses to the Lord: casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Pet 5:7). When we do this; (Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time), God’s strength will lift us high enough to be seen (witnessed) by others. This means God has the opportunity to demonstrate His Strength in each of us, when we give Him consent (by casting our weaknesses). The miracle is that our weakness draws God’s Strength into our lives.

4. Boast on Your Infirmities: Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. The thought of boasting (the word boast means to glory, joy or rejoice in) in your weaknesses just defies all human logic. We want to glory in our strengths; those things we’re good at. It takes extreme humility to show our vulnerability and to do the exact opposite of what seems right to man. To take joy in or tell others about our weakness or shortcomings is exactly what Paul is doing and exhorting us to do. Being vulnerable and acknowledging our weaknesses gives us the ability to sit back and watch God show Himself STRONG in the very areas need the most. The miracle; is that Strength is demonstrated via our Vulnerability. The things we want to hide are the things that God will use. So Rejoice in the Lord and in your weakness; then God has the opportunity to demonstrate His great power in Us.

A Proven Method

Jn 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The beauty of the book of John is that Jesus’ Lordship is being interpreted.  Jesus was indeed a King (Matthew), a Servant (Mark) and the Son of Man (Luke); but here in John’s Gospel, Jesus was portrayed as the Son of God. He’s The Word, He was with God at the very beginning and even though He could be seen throughout the Bible I many forms (Sacrificial Lamb, Angel of the Lord; Pilar of Fire, etc); it is the book of John that prepares us for Jesus’ coming in the flesh (the living epistle or living Word of God).  

God sent His word to the earth in the Old Testament, through Moses in the form of the Law (The Commandments) Jn 1:17 For the law was given through Moses.  Now His Word is coming in the form of Jesus Christ.  I want to focus on how how The Word entered the earth; Jn 1:17 … but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  Many Christians don’t follow Jesus’ lead; grace and truth.  Many lead with Truth, which often comes in the form of a “hammer”, a “Holier than I” attitude, or a judgmental presence.  Jesus is the Way and Truth (Jn 14:6), and He could easily come in judgment of everyone of us.  However, He leads with Grace first.  I like to think of grace being a pillow or fluffy mattress that the Lord allows us to fall on.  Regardless of how far we fall, God’s Grace gives us a soft landing spot. Rather than hammer us for not meeting God’s righteous standard, Jesus gives us Grace first, demonstrating His love for us.  After all, it is his goodness that leads to repentance (Rom 2:4…not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance).

We need to remember that God’s goodness is what opened our hearts to Jesus. It is a proven method that the Lord has demonstrated to perfection for centuries and if we want to win others to Christ, we need to learn how to lead with Grace.  If we desire to share Jesus, the least we can do is share Him the same way He does.