HIS POWER UPON US
2Cor. 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Paul experienced unthinkable trials in his life and ministry. From northeasters to shipwrecks, betrayals to beatings, dealing with heresies to imprisonment; the Apostle Paul endured resistance throughout his life. On the other hand, Paul also tasted the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in unspeakable portions. He was struck down by the Glory on the Damascus Road, caught up into the third heaven, Jesus personally appeared to him at least twice, ministered to by angels, prophecies, trances, healings; Paul was inundated with the powers of the world to come. When he spoke to The Lord, asking Him to remove these severe trials, The Lord replied, “My grace is sufficient”. Here is how Adam Clarke explained this amazing passage of scripture.
“That the power of Christ may rest upon me – That it may overshadow me as a tent, or tabernacle; affording me shelter, protection, safety, and rest. This expression is like that, Joh 1:14 : And the word was made flesh, and made his tabernacle among us – full of grace and truth. The same eternal Word promised to make his tabernacle with the apostle, and gives him a proof that he was still the same – full of grace and truth, by assuring him that his grace should be sufficient for him. Paul, knowing that the promise of grace could not fail, because of the Divine truth, says: Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my afflictions, that such a power of Christ may overshadow and defend me.
The words are also similar to those of the Prophet Isaiah, Isa 4:5 : On all the glory shall be a defense. God gives the glory, and God gives the defense of that glory. The apostle had much glory or honor; both Satan and his apostles were very envious; in himself the apostle, as well as all human beings, was weak, and therefore needed the power of God to defend such glory. Grace alone can preserve grace.”
Have you tasted something of this sustaining grace that Paul experienced? What did The Lord mean, “My grace is sufficient”? To understand this passage you have to taste the grace of God for yourself. Grace is the supernatural effect on your life that makes the things of God real to you. If faith is the supernatural ability given by God to perceive the things of the Spirit, then grace is the effect on our soul that opens our eyes of faith.
So this is how it works, The Lord gives us portions of His unlimited, infinite grace in proportion to His calling on our lives and the trials that you will experience on that journey. Paul saw things that few men have ever seen, Paul experienced persecution that few men have ever endured. So if you are going through a difficult time, drink from the cup of grace. There is more than enough available to see you through.