Saturday, 9 January 2021
Topic: My grace is sufficient for you
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Lucy Ling
2 Corinthians 12:9 “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..”
Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord’s Word has always been reliable, and have been confirmed by thousands of believers throughout the ages. The Lord who has all the authority in heaven and on earth, the Lord who loves us and shed his blood for us, His grace is sufficient for us. So why do we sometimes feel that the grace of the Lord is not enough and the power of the Lord is incomplete?
Dear brothers and sisters, there is a basic question here. What do we take as the grace of the Lord, and where do we want to show the power of the Lord? When Paul was lifted into the third heaven, he felt that it was the grace of the Lord, but when a thorn was added to his body, he felt different. He begged the Lord three times for the thorn to be removed, but the Lord did not listen. Can I still see the Lord’s grace like this? Can the grace of the Lord be seen and sufficient when the prayer is not heard? We felt the grace of the Lord is to answer prayers and remove difficulties and pains. It is always uncomfortable if the thorn is not pulled. It always feels lacking. It seems that the Lord’s grace cannot be seen. However, the Lord here says that His grace is sufficient, not to remove the thorn, but to endure the thorn; It is not without difficulty, but the difficulty can be overcome. Dear brothers and sisters, the thorn is painful to the flesh, but it is good for the spirit. The thorn is planted by Satan, but it fulfills the will of God, lest he is proud. The consequence of self-exaltation is terrible. As the apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy chapter 3 verse 6, “A church leader must not be a new Christian. A new Christian might become proud and fall into sin which is brought on by the devil.”.
2 Corinthians 4:7 ” We have this light from God in our human bodies. This shows that the power is from God. It is not from ourselves.” God put the “treasure” in the humble “pottery”. The purpose is not to show the “pottery”, but to show the “great power” of this treasure. “Pottery” is quite common on the Mediterranean coast. Almost every family has them. They are cheap and fragile. Once broken, they can only be discarded. What Paul thought of at this time may be the cheapest and most common earthenware oil lamp at the time, and the “treasure” is the “light of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4) and “the light of the glory of God” ( 2 Corinthians 4:6).
Dear brothers and sisters, we see that the power of the gospel “is from God, not from us.” The effect of evangelism depends on the grace and power of God, not the strength, ability, knowledge, and eloquence of the evangelist. Only when people who preach the gospel truly realize that they are weak and incapable “humble pots” and that God has the “great power” can they neither boast about success nor complain about others because of setbacks.
Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord’s sufficient grace is to give us enough power, and this power is not to give us in advance to make it our own. It is manifested in the weakness of people. It is not that if there is no weakness, no hardship, no crisis, no persecution, then the grace and the power of the Lord cannot be seen. Dear brothers and sisters, you know that this is because when I am weak then the power of the Lord prevails, turn the weak into strong, victory from death, and so our life in Christ revealed.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “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.” Oh Lord, I want to thank and praise you, because your grace is really enough, even more than I thought and asked. Oh Lord, pray that you will give us a humble heart, to rely completely on you daily, and to regain strength when we serve. Thank you and pray in the holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
哥林多後书 12：9 “他對我說、我的恩典夠你用的。因為我的能力、是在人的軟弱上顯得完全。所以我更喜歡誇自己的軟弱、好叫基督的能力覆庇我。”
哥林多後书 4：7 「我们有这宝贝放在瓦器里，要显明这莫大的能力是出于神，不是出于我们。」神将「宝贝」放在卑贱的「瓦器」里面，目的不是要显明「瓦器」，乃是要显明这宝贝「莫大的能力」。「瓦器」在地中海沿岸相当普遍，几乎每一个家庭都有，便宜、易碎，一旦破了，只有丢弃。保罗此时想到的可能是当时最便宜、最普遍的瓦器油灯，而「宝贝」就是其中「基督荣耀福音的光」（哥林多後书 4：4节）、「神荣耀的光」（哥林多後书 4：6节）。
哥林多後书 12：9 “他對我說、我的恩典夠你用的。因為我的能力、是在人的軟弱上顯得完全。所以我更喜歡誇自己的軟弱、好叫基督的能力覆庇我。” 主啊，我要感谢和赞美你，因为你的恩典真的够用，甚至是超过我所求所想。求主赐给我们谦卑的心，在每天生活中全然的倚靠你，在侍奉中从你那里重新得力。
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