Friday, January 10, 2014

Grace is God's Power in Suffering and Service (2 Cor. 12.1-10; Eph. 3.1-13)

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12.1-10 and Ephesians 3
Translation: 2 Corinthians 12.1It’s necessary to brag, although not beneficial, and I will go into visions and revelations from the Lord. 2I know a man in Christ 14 years ago, whether in the body I don’t know, or outside of the body I don’t know. God knows, such a man taken away all the way to the third heaven. 3I know such a man, whether in the body or without the body I don’t know, God knows 4that he was taken away into Paradise and heard unspeakable spoken words which are not allowed to be spoken to man. 5About such a man I will brag, but about myself I will not brag except in weaknesses. 6Because if I want to brag, I won’t be thoughtless, because I will speak the truth. But I’m holding back, someone shouldn’t credit to me about what he sees me or hears from me 7and the surpassing nature of the revelations. Because of this, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel/messenger of Satan, so that he might torment me, so that I wouldn’t exalt myself. 8About this I urged the Lord three times, so that it would go away from. 9And He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because the power is completed in weakness.” So, instead I brag the most happily in my weaknesses, so that the power of the Messiah encamp on me! 10Because of this I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in stresses, in persecutions and problems for the Messiah, because whenever I’m weak, then I’m powerful.
Ephesians 3.1Becuase of this, I Paul, the prisoner of the Messiah Jesus for you gentiles—2if indeed you’ve heard about the management of the grace of God that was given to me for you. 3According to revelation the secret was made known to me, just as I wrote before with a little part, 4to which you can know my understanding in the secret of the Messiah by reading, 5which was not made known in other generations to the sons of men as it was revealed now to HIs holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, 6namely that the gentiles are co-heirs, co-bodied, and co-sharers of the promise in the Messiah Jesus through the Gospel, which I’ve become a servant of according to the grace of God that was given to me according to the in-working of His power. 8To me, the least important of all the holy people this grace was given: namely to tell the gentiles the good news of the immeasurable riches of the Messiah, 9and to enlighten all people about what the management of secret that had been hidden from the ages in God, the One Who created all things, 10so that now the multifaceted wisdom of God would be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms through the church 11according to the plan of the ages, which He made in the Messiah Jesus our Lord, 12in Who we have the boldness and approach with confidence through His faithfulness. 13Because of which, I ask not to lose enthusiasm in my sufferings for you, which is your glory.
The Point I’m Stressing: Grace is not just God’s love acting to save us from our sins and give us a relationship with Him, it is God’s power at work in us and it is God’s choosing to commission us for His work, work empowered by Grace and work about Grace
1.      II Corinthians 12.1-10
a.       Structure
                                                              i.      Paul’s refusal to talk about the amazing things he has been shown by God (vv.1-7a)
                                                            ii.      Paul explicit zeal to brag about his weaknesses and God’s power (vv.7b-10)
b.      Themes
                                                              i.      Arrogance
                                                            ii.      Rejection of God-given authority
                                                          iii.      Bragging
                                                          iv.      Suffering
                                                            v.      Humility
                                                          vi.      Power
                                                        vii.      Grace
c.       Doctrines
2.      Ephesians 3.1-13
a.       Structure
                                                              i.      Beginning of a move to ethics and ecclesiology (v.1)
                                                            ii.      Interjection explaining his authority (vv.2-12)
1.      God revealed the mystery to Paul
2.      Paul serving and chosen to serve by grace for a purpose
                                                          iii.      Prayer (3.13-21)
1.      Prayer by Paul for himself (v.13)
2.      Prayer by Paul for the saints (vv.14-19)
3.      Prayer by Paul for God (vv.20-21)
b.      Themes
                                                              i.      Grace
                                                            ii.      Commission/calling
                                                          iii.      Mystery/secret
                                                          iv.      Revelation
                                                            v.      Gospel
a.       Where in your life do you need to trust that God’s power is enough? How can you rely on His power in suffering and in service?
b.      What is God calling you to do because of His grace?

c.       If God’s grace includes forgiveness, empowerment, and commission, is there anything else you think God’s grace might include?

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