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The Power of Grace

Grace compensates for human weaknesses
2 Co 12:8–9; 1 Pet 5:10 See also 1 Co 2:1–5; 2 Co 9:8; Heb 2:14; Heb 4:15; Heb 5:2; Jas 4:6; 2 Pe 3:17–18
2 Corinthians 12:8–9 KJV 1900
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
The Apostle Paul is a unique figure in the the story of God.
++He was not one of the original Disciples
++He had no personal physical knowledge.
1 John 1:1–3 KJV 1900
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
John recognized that their would be a people that had not seen what he had seen or hear what he has heard. He recognized that experiences with Jesus would differ one from another.
John
++Was an eye witness
++Saw the works of Christ
++Heard the his voice
++Was impacted by his experience
Romans 12:1–2 KJV 1900
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The functioning of grace is not a concept of human reasoning.

Human reasoning is an activity of the flesh.

To understand grace we need our minds renewed, changed, rebooted

Human reasoning
++We get nothing in life for free.
++We must work for what we get.
Christian Reasoning
++We must obey God to be accepted
++We must be perfect for God to want us
++I must work to be worthy
Both forms of reasoning says
++God is waiting on us
++We must earn value to God
++If I am good enough God doesn’t want me
Romans 5:8 KJV 1900
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 3:23 KJV 1900
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Matthew 26:41 KJV 1900
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Romans 8:3 KJV 1900
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV 1900
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Peter 1:16–18 KJV 1900
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
Peter
++Eye witness
++Saw God Honor Him
++Hear the voice of God
Acts 10:38 KJV 1900
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Jesus was both
++Famous and infamous
++Loved and hated
++The most significant yet _”insignificant”_
Philippians 2:5–8 KJV 1900
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

There must be a change of mind.

Jesus
++Knew who he was
++Did not speak of himself
++Form of God and Form of a Servant
++Jesus had a choice

We too have a choice on what we celebrate

Most of us would rather be like God
++In Authority
++In Power
++In Ability
Mark 10:42–45 KJV 1900
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Christ made his choice
Godly Leadership
++Is not Controlling
++Is not Manipulative
++Is marked by Serving
++Is is shown in Sacrifice
Sacrifice
++Is not giving up something
++Is what is done in behalf of another
++Is never easy
Psalm 100:2 KJV 1900
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing.
How can I be glad in the midst of great sacrifice?

We must see beyond the “No”

Psalm 126:5 KJV 1900
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Sowing is sacrifice
++A release in tears
++It is not a loss of what I have
++It is a deposit into another
Matthew 26:39 KJV 1900
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:42 KJV 1900
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
The Apostle Paul is a unique figure in the the story of God.
He was not one of the original Disciples
He had no personal physical knowledge.
++He had no physical vantage point to reference Christ
1 Corinthians 2:1–3 KJV 1900
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV 1900
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

It was the Power of Grace

1 Corinthians 15:5–9 KJV 1900
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1 Corinthians 15:9 KJV 1900
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Jesus was seen
++By Peter
++By John
++By the disciples
++By more than 500
1 Corinthians 15:8 KJV 1900
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
1 Corinthians 15:10 KJV 1900
10 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.
I was born in christ
++Without the same experience
++Without touching him
++Out of due time
2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV 1900
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1 Corinthians 2:4–5 KJV 1900
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Grace is the power of God

++To believe the unbelievable
++To Hope beyond hope
++To find strength in weakness
Lord Give me your power
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