2 Corinthians 12: So Great a Grace: Praise, Promise, & Prayer
This Week’s Scripture:
“And He has said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is perfected in weakness.”
Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Did you know, in the King James Version of the Bible, the word grace appears 170 times in 159 verses? People seek it, receive it, and describe it more in action than word. Paul’s description seems understated when compared to how grace is revealed.
The apostle John says Jesus came—
“full of grace and truth …
of His fulness we have all received,
and grace upon grace …
For the Law was given through Moses;
grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ …
He has explained Him(God).”
(Excerpts from John 1:14, 16-18, NASB)
Vine’s Dictionary uses the words pleasure, delight, kindness, goodwill, Divine favor, and joy to define God’s grace—it is his inherent character to give gifts to his people. He delights in giving; It brings him pleasure to show us kindness. So much so, James writes—
“But He gives a greater grace …”
and reminds us,
“Every good thing bestowed
and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.”
James 4:6; 1:17, NASB.
How appropriate at this season we should take a look at God’s greater grace, His greatest gift, His perfect gift, sufficient for all our need.
Grace’s Promise & Sufficiency:
“For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life.”
John 3:16, NASB
In Praise of God’s Grace:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
- who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him, in love
- He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
to the praise of the glory of His grace;
which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
- In Him we have redemption through His blood,
- the forgiveness of our trespasses,
- according to the riches of His grace which,
- He lavished upon us.
- In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will,
- according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.” Ephesians1: 3-9, NASB
For Thought: Without the sufficient grace of God what do you really have to celebrate in this Christmas season or any time? His grace is sufficient and available. He delights in giving—ask and receive.
Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, may those who do not know the grace of God reach out to him today, knowing we can—
“draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and
may find grace to help in time of need.”
May we all,
“be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,”
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.”
2 Corinthians 13:14, NASB
May you all have a grace filled Christmas!
And if you don’t celebrate Christmas,
may each day be filled with the fullness of of God’s grace!