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GOD'S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
II Corinthians 12
In our mail today a lady wrote of the loss of a loved
one, and she said, "I know that God's grace is
sufficient for me." It happens that that is our
subject today on the broadcast. The sufficiency of
The Bible says, "As thy days, so shall thy strength
be." If you are like me, there has been many a day
when you thought, "Well, I won't have strength for
this. This is IT. I'll be crushed today." But we found
that we were NOT crushed, and that God's grace was
sufficient for us. Not only sufficient for us, but
Our text is found in Second Corinthians 12. It is wise
for us to get the context of this statement of Paul.
In First Corinthians, you remember, Paul is writing a
corrective letter. He is correcting some things that
are wrong in the Corinthian church among the
Corinthian people. He deals with a number of subjects,
Christians going to law against one another, marriage
and its difficulties, the resurrection from the dead,
and so on. There were different sects in the church
there, you know, "I am of Cephas, and I am of Paul,
and I am of Apollos, and I am of Christ."
But the SECOND Corinthian letter is A DEFENSE of
Paul's ministry. He is not defending himself to the
Corinthians actually, but against those who were
AGAINST CHRIST, people who had followed Paul and then
spoke against him, and Paul is defending his ministry.
They were saying Paul was NOT an Apostle, that he was
not one of Christ's representatives as an Apostle. And
Paul, for the sake of the church, had to defend
Now, let me say that again. He did not defend himself
FOR HIS OWN SAKE. We don't have to defend ourselves
personally. But wherever others are involved, we do
have to defend ourselves for the sake of the testimony
that reaches them, and for the sake of that church, to
keep that church from being destroyed by thes ...
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