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God is sufficient in our suffering - 2 Corinthians 12 v1-10
Speaker Jonny Grant, on March 10, 2019
(2 Corinthians 12:1-10)
Part of the Healing Through Suffering series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
God is sufficient in our suffering – Rest
Paradise or Thorns
- The experience of heaven
- The reality of suffering
‘Suffering is the best commentary on God’s character, and pain is the finest exposition of his excellences. We discover more about God’s grace when we come to an end in ourselves. You will never know that God is all you need, until God is all you have got.’ Paul Mallard
God is sovereign over our thorns
God uses our thorns for our good
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus)
God is sufficient in our thorns
‘Those in Christ are to allow the thorns to pin us to Christ who imparts grace to the sufferer.’ Paul Barnett
God exalts Christ through our thorns
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2 Corinthians 12:1–10 (Listen)
12:1 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.
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