MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE
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. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
To paraphrase: The Lord was saying “my graciousness, my divine influence, my reflection, my benefit in your life”- is enough. “It is sufficient-or all that you need. For there (in that grace) you will receive my power or my ability, the abundance of my resources, my strength.”
Clarke’s Bible Commentary says it this way “For the weaker the instrument I use, the more the power of my grace shall be manifested."
There (in the place of God’s grace) the power of Christ supports us.
Where is your sufficiency? That is, “Do you know who keeps you going?”
Do you consider God’s grace during your times of trial?
Do you let Him (God) become strong in your life when all else seems useless? How? Why? Explain?
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NIV)
Christ came down to earth in the form of a man – Jesus. He became a man (flesh) to take away our sins (the redemption for sin)-our sin offering. But while He was on earth, He lived with and among men.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) says:
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
“Who knew no sin” - He was not guilty. He was perfectly holy and pure. This idea is thus expressed by Peter 1 Peter 2:22; "who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth;" and in Hebrews 7:26, it is said he was "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners." (Barnes notes on the Bible)
Now, He is our spiritual tent; our dwelling place. He is our sufficiency or our sufficient (abundant) grace, the Spirit of Truth, our guide, our resting place. He lives with us and dwells among us.
Paul says (2 Corinthians 12:9b):
“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
You have knowledge of the grace of God that abides within you. It is a gift. It is God’s divine favor resting upon you. He is a tent (ever present) surrounding you.
(Discuss that statement in light of what God’s Word says.)
What are you going to do about it?
Matthew 10:19, 20
Colossians 1:28, 29