by Dan Goddard
“The power of Grace”: God’s Kingdom revealed. (2nd Corinthians 11:16-12:10)
We are living in a day and age, where the strength, wisdom, and accomplishments of Man, is celebrated as the ultimate achievement in life. Mankind is glorified, the strong are hero’s who get all the attention, and reap all the benefits.
Unfortunately; the Church has adopted these values within her circles of influence to a great degree. In many ways, the Church is building her own kingdom based on human charisma, reason, and influence. Anointing, gifts, and media exposure; are marketed togain favor, finances, and position.
Very little value is placed on: humility, transparency, vulnerability,and covenant relationships. As a result; the Kingdom of God is not being established on the earth, nor are the “sons/daughters of God” being revealed according to Romans 8:18–22.
* The individual who lives dependant upon his or her own strength, and whose goal is to reveal his or her abilities in order to reap personal rewards; will never know the Grace of God, nor the empowerment to demonstrate the Kingdom of God on earth!
* Man’s strength brings glory to man, not God. Mans weakness reveals the need for God’s Grace. God’s grace upon an individuals life, reveals the Glory of God.
This is what Paul is saying in 2nd Corinthians 4:4-11:
** If we truly long for God’s Glory to be revealed, and His Kingdom to come to earth; we will celebrate our weakness, and embrace His Grace!
The Greek word for “Grace” (2nd Corinthians Chapter 12) is Charis: “That which causes joy, pleasure, and delight in the recipient or observer; a benefit, favor or gift, acceptance,approval of God. His favor or goodwill, favor’s done without expectation of a return.”
The “Greek” word for “weakness” (2nd Corinthians Chapter 12) is Astheneia: “Weakness or sickness; spiritual or moral weakness; A condition of disadvantage, a state or position in which one is limited.”
The “Greek” word for “power” (2nd Corinthians Chapter 12) is Dynamis: “To be able, power, ability, achieving power.”
# 1 meaning: Intrinsic power, either physical or moral.
Jesus power to heal, miraculous power, mighty deeds, miracles; are given as examples.
(Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6 and 1st Peter 5:5 all point to humility as a prerequisite to Grace.
(Ephesians 2:4-9 and Hebrews 4: 14-16) both clearly associate faith and weakness; with those who have access to God’s Grace.
(Acts 4:32-33, Acts 6:8 and Acts 14:3) record a demonstration ofthe “Kingdom of God” on earth; by those who are walking in the Grace of God. Our ultimate calling on this earth is to be like Jesus in every detail of our lives. John describes Jesus in the simplest, yet most profound way: (John 4:14)
The Greek word for truth is “Aletheia”: true, Truth, reality, fact
Prayer: Father; please fill me with your Spirit of Grace and Truth. Please expose any dependence on my own strength and wisdom. I long to be a true son, who reveals your Kingdom on earth, Amen!