Elucidating On 2 Corinthians 12:9 Pastor Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu

Grace Of Christ:

Grace Of ChristGrace of Christ – “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” This is the reply Apostle Paul got from Christ as an answer to his prayer. In the accepting speech of Apostle Paul, he made this comment “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Just for instance, you imagine being in a situation and you know that your father has what it takes to get you out of it and you called on him and his reply is My Grace is sufficient to you.

This appears to be a disappointing answer. My grace is sufficient on the surface doesn’t seem to mean anything. This is because it doesn’t look like a provision in a situation. In fact on the surface My Grace is sufficient can be categorized in the same category with wishful saying and thoughts. The question is why did Christ answer Apostle Paul with this term? And what is My Grace as in Christ’s Grace?

Apostle Paul while writing to the same Corinthians in his first epistle made a striking statement as stated below;

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

1 Corinthians 15:10

Grace Of Christ Made Paul What He Was:

In the above verse Apostle Paul states it clearly that “But by the grace of God I am what I am.” This is very interesting because the reply he got from Christ is being justified by him in the above statement. Christ said to Apostle Paul that “My Grace is sufficient for you”. So it implies that in the above statement Apostle Paul is saying that the sufficiency of Christ’s Grace made him whatever he was. Therefore, My Grace is sufficient for you is not a wishful statement but something greater than mere words. In order to examine this further, we have to see what Apostle Paul said to the Ephesians as stated below.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

In the verses above, Apostle Paul linked salvation of man as a product of Grace of Christ. So if it can save man from condemnation it means there is something about the Grace of Christ.

Sufficiency Is The Grace Of Christ:

This implies that My Grace is sufficient for you is the best satisfactory reply Apostle Paul should get from Christ. No wonder Apostle Paul wholeheartedly accepted it as indicated by his statement. He said “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Note that in his reply, he called the Christ’s grace the power of Christ.

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Now let’s interpolate it with the right understanding. Jesus said to Apostle Paul, My Grace is sufficient for you. And Apostle Paul called His statement the power of Christ. So in Apostle Paul’s understanding, which is right, it could be read this way, My Power is sufficient for you.

Therefore, it is the power of Christ to save someone from sin. It is the power of Christ to deliver someone from situation even though grace doesn’t have a war tone. Apostle Paul agreed that the Grace of Christ is sufficient for him and that is why he made this comment below.

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;”

2 Corinthians 3:5

The word sufficiency in the above statement is a word to express Apostle Paul’s understanding of what it stands for. Therefore, with it Apostle Paul is satisfied. Note again that Apostle Paul linked Christ’ Grace to righteousness. He called the gift of righteousness abundance of Grace.

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

Romans 5:17

Timothy Was Not Left Out:

However, to express how genuinely Apostle Paul believed in it he stated recommending it to people. He told his progeny Pastor Timothy this words below.

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

2 Timothy 2:1

The implication of the above statement from Apostle Paul is that for Timothy to succeed in his ministry the grace in Christ is the key. And actually Apostle Paul was not making frivolous statement. But a solid statement that is able to build someone up in the faith of Christ. Lastly and interestingly, Apostle Paul linked the grace of Christ to the WORD. As a farewell speech, he said this statement below to some elders.

“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

Acts 20:32

The Grace Of Christ Never Fails:

There are two important things the Word of His Grace is able to do in the life of an individual who accepts it. Firstly, it is able to build the particular individual up. Secondly it is also able to give an inheritance to the particular individual. And this is why Apostle Paul was satisfied with the answer he received from Christ. He knew for sure, that it is an infallible factor in his life. The only way to receive Christ is by His Grace. And the only way to walk in Christ is by His Grace. Apostle Paul speaking to the Colossians puts it this way.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”

Colossians 2:6

The Grace of Christ never fails!

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