How God Uses Suffering, Part 2 (Podcast)

How God Uses Suffering, Part 2 Podcast by Pastor John MacAuthor for Grace to You

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As we come to this wonderful time in the Word of God together, I want to draw your attention back to the text of 2 Corinthians chapter 12. Although we certainly could spend much more time on the text, we’ll end our brief series on verses 5 to 10 this morning.

Second Corinthians 12:5 to 10 is in a larger context of this epistle, where Paul is giving his apostolic credentials. And we’ve entitled this particular three-part series “Power in Weakness.”

As we approach this text one phrase, one expression in the text stands out, and it’s in verse 9. “And he has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient of you.’” And by way of introduction, let me just start with that word “grace,” and then we’ll get into the text itself. This is a magnificent Greek word used 155 times in the New Testament. Now, the word in the Greek is charis, and it basically means a favor bestowed. It means a generous gift given. That is its sort of normal, common meaning. But in the sense of the New Testament, in its redemptive sense, it means a favor bestowed and a generous given – a generous gift given by God to people who are totally undeserving and unworthy.

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