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2 Corinthians 12:1-10 “My weakness and His Grace”

My sermon notes for Sunday, Sept. 15th  as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Cor. 12:1-10 – Biblical Boasting part 2 –   My Weakness and His Grace

 

Intro Remarks and Thoughts:

 

Me nothing. Lord, you everything – vv. 1-6

 

Paul had experienced Visions and Revelations

 

Yet, he knew nothing would be gained from by sharing his experience.

 

3rd Heaven

 

14 years ago this happened, yet it is not mentioned but once in this letter.

 

I will not boast in this, but only MY WEAKNESS

 

So that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.

 

APPL – Nothing wrong with desires and goals that could bring about an aspect of success.  Nothing wrong with “being successful in life”, but ONLY IF IS IT FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE.

 

Thank you for my thorn – vv. 7

 

So to keep me from being conceited. – v. 7

 

Thorn, Messenger of Satan – v. 7

 

Harass me – v. 7

 

 

In my weakness is where I experience Your GRACE – v. 8-10

 

 

His Prayer, God’s Response – vv. 8-9

 

He Pleaded

 

God Answered

 

THE POWER OF GOD’S GRACE to believe the Gospel, to understand and apply the Word of God, to overcome temptation, to worship Him…. AND TO ENDURE SUFFERING

 

When human strengths abound, the effects of divine power may be overlooked.  NOT JESUS BUT JON.

 

THEREFORE I WILL BOAST THE MORE GLADLY OF MY WEAKNESS, SO THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON ME. – v. 9b

 

God did not say He would remove the thorn, but to provide the strength necessary to live for His glory in the midst of it.

 

I AM CONTENT. V. 10

Because God’s power is perfected in our weakness. (not is spite of)

 

APPL – Think about this.  God KNOWS our true motives and our heart.  So therefore, He knows when and how we need to be made WEAK so that we can ALLOW HIS GRACE to REST UPON US!!!!

 

CONCLUSION – A review

 

God’s Grace is Sufficient

BECAUSE

God’s  power is made perfect in weakness

 

THEREFORE…

I will boast of my weakness.

So that

The power of Christ may rest upon me. (abide, dwell)

 

THEN. NOW. THEREFORE

I am content

Because

When I am weak, then I am strong

 

FINAL BOAST!!!!! – Lord – MY PRAYER IS SHOW me… ME, so I can experience YOU

 


Scripture Reference

2 Corinthians 12:1–10 – [1] I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. [2] I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. [3] And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—[4] and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. [5] On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—[6] though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. [7] So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. [8] Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. [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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV)

 

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