2 Corinthians 12:6-10 – “But even if I would desire to boast, I shall not be a fool; for I will tell the truth: but now I refrain, lest anyone should think more of me than what he sees me to be and what he hears from me.7 And lest I should be exalted through the abundance of the revelations, there was delivered to me a thorn in my flesh, the angel of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted.8 Three times I besought my LORD concerning this thing, that it might depart from me.9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore I would rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 Therefore I am content with infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, and imprisonments for Christ’s sake: for when I am physically weak, then I am mentally strong.”
When I think of Grace, I do not think of a blue-eyed blonde but God’s incredible mercy, love, and provisions. In studying the Book of Acts, we quickly see a religious zealot who terrorized the Christians. Before the Damascus Road encounter with Jesus, Saul of Tarsus was a religious terrorist of epic proportions. He believed he was right, and, in his zeal, he sought to eradicate all the followers of this New Way, Christianity.
After his encounter with Jesus, he became a compelling voice for the cause of the Kingdom of God and the advancement of the Christian message. He had an experience that he would relate time and again, “I was on the road, and I saw the light.” Not just any light, but the Light of God. He saw the one who is “Truth, Way, Life, and Light.” He experienced God’s incredible mercy and unfathomable grace and was transformed.
There are some things about God’s Grace that I would like for us to consider.
THIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR SALVATION.
The Bible record reveals that man was created in a state of sinlessness but, due to deception, rebelled against the commandments of God and fell from God’s Grace. Then, we realize that the Law given by Moses was incapable of saving the soul and transforming the heart. We discover that blood had to be shed and that sacrifice had to be blemish free, yet the animal sacrifices could not satisfy fully.
As a result, man was bound for eternal hell due to sin. The apostle John speaks eloquently of God’s incredible love and purpose in John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
This is a picture of Love beyond human comprehension and Grace to the degree that is incomprehensible to man. Human grace cannot extend to the degree and reach the proportions God’s Grace does. This grace is undeserved, unearned, and unequaled. If man received what he justly deserved, he would spend eternity in hell for his rebellion. BUT GOD, in His incredible Love, provided a way for restoration and redemption. It was Grace that brought it to us.
I would suggest that once we realize the extent and magnitude of this Grace, it is unconscionable to reject it. As the song says, “How can we refuse Him now? How can we turn away from such incredible love?” This Grace is Sufficient on many fronts and in many ways. I want to address some of them but will pause now and begin anew on the morrow, considering God’s Sufficient Grace.
Have a fantastic day and may the Grace of God go with you, guard and guide you through the pathway of life. God bless you richly, is my prayer!