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The word of the Lord to the apostle who was one of two set aside by the Holy Spirit in Acts 13:2 for the work He had for them was, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”[1] This was given when the apostle was still having trouble convincing the Corinthian church with regards to their failure in discerning between the real apostles and the super apostles. And John wrote: From the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another.[2]

Jesus came, as John tells us, full of grace and truth,[3] and that, For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.[4] The first and greatest blessing that came by the grace that is in Christ is salvation by faith in Jesus.[5] By that salvation, all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ come into the truth that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and receive the grace through their faith so that they can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. [6] From those who received their salvation were those who by the Lord’s choice, were baptised with fire and the Holy Spirit to become born again by water and the Spirit so that they could enter the Kingdom of God, for Jesus said to Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”[7]

Through the fullness of grace, all who believed by faith entered the Kingdom of Heaven, and through the fullness of truth, all who live by the truth enter from the Kingdom of Heaven to the Kingdom of God, that is, those who live by the words of Jesus and the testimony of God. For Jesus said, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”[8] Every word spoken by Jesus is truth, for they are the words that the Father has commanded Jesus to speak and they are also words that the Father has spoken to Jesus, for Jesus said, “What I have heard from Him I tell the world.”[9]

Henceforth, those who live by truth are those who have heard the words of Jesus and put them into practice. Those who have heard the words, but have not put them into practice, even though they have believed them, have not lived by them. You have not lived by something, anything, until you have practised it. So, the time is coming for those who are called for the Kingdom of Heaven will go to Heaven and those chosen for the Kingdom of God will usher in the Kingdom of God, which is the Kingdom of power, as well as joy, peace, righteousness and eating, drinking and talking.[10]

The power was given by the Lord to all disciples “to overcome all the power of the enemy.”[11] There is nothing to overcome in Heaven, so there is plenty of eating, drinking, talking, joy, peace and righteousness for those who go there, but no power is given them for it is not needed. Power is needed by those who seek to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth, for all the enemies of God are now on Earth, Satan and his angels, mankind and Death. The separation of those who are destined for Heaven and those who are destined to remain will come through the days of distress,[12] which Jesus warned us will be like a pent up flood and driving wind that will wash away all who have heard the word yet do not put it into practice.[13]

So, the days of distress that are coming will test each and everyone who has heard the words of Jesus, to expose them to see if they have lived by the truth or have lived by what is not the truth. Since Jesus is the Truth[14] and His words are truth, then all who have lived by words of men have not lived by the T/truth. As uncomfortable as it may sound, and people may accuse us of elitism, those who have lived their faith by the traditions and doctrines based on the recommendations and judgements of men have not lived by the T/truth. They have lived by what seems good, but not what is truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth[15] and He will only confirm the truth with His power through signs and wonders. Hence, no amount of prayer for world peace and supplications to avert the earthquakes, famines or pestilences will divert the Holy Spirit from His unflinching journey to confirm every word of Jesus Christ to be the Truth. Thus, the Holy Spirit is bent purposefully to bring forth the days of distress unequalled since the beginning of the world to prove Jesus’ words to be truth. Anyone not equipped with His power to go through those days will be swept away, and only those who have heard the words of Jesus and put them into persistent, persevering, enthusiastic, diligent, unceasing practice will have sufficient power.

Into the Kingdom of God are born those who are birthed by the Spirit, born again to be a new creation, for “You must be born again,”[16] was spoken specifically about entry into the Kingdom of God. The growth of those who are the new creation, progresses from elementary to immaturity and, God permitting, onto maturity;[17] from babies to adolescents to the fullness of the stature of the Son; from believers to disciples to overcomers. The fully fledged new creation is the overcomer who overcomes the world as Jesus overcame the world as part of doing the things that Jesus has been doing and even a greater thing, for the overcomers will live in a time more distressing than the days of Jesus before He was crucified.

Paul was the surviving elect of the Holy Spirit who remained untouched by the teachings of men from James, even though he succumbed to their persuasions in Acts 21:22-25. Paul was untouchable by the authorities, no prison held him until he practised the words of men instead of the words of Jesus. Likewise now, the apostle Paul is the apostolic foundation upon which we are to look to, aside from Jesus. We will learn much from the particular revelations that Jesus gave Paul for our time.

Like Paul, we face a church that will be hostile by and large to our pleadings, a Corinthian church, the church that Jesus did not write a letter to at all, even though in their day, they were the church established in mighty Corinth, a major city and trading centre of its time. It is a church divided with denominations,[18] whose faith rests on men’s wisdom rather than God’s power,[19] and a church that tolerated an immorality that it is proud of! There is none of us or any church that still does not have a form of immorality or sin here or there, but we are not proud of it as they were.[20] A church that is plagued by lawsuits amongst their own members against each other where much instruction still has to be given about sexual immorality and about marriage; a church that still needs basic instructions about the spiritual gifts and lacks an understanding of the Resurrection and the two resurrections that will take place. And even if it listens to the admonishments of Paul, it will still put up with self appointed “super apostles” who are really no apostles. Men who call themselves apostles because they have a ministry of signs, wonders, miracles[21] and have even seen the Lord,[22] but men who are really prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers at best, for they have not been given their own gospel,[23] nor will they remain the last to leave[24] and join the Lord in the air after the dead in Christ have risen. That is the denominational church we face, and despite all the surpassing revelations we have been given, the secret by which we can overcome and correct this church is by the grace of Jesus whose power is made perfect in our weaknesses.

That is why Paul wrote: for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.[25] See Paul’s words: “I delight,” not, “I endure, put up with and avoid,” no, “I delight.” If you have not trained yourself to overcome trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword,[26] then you will have no delight when they come upon you. However, if you have trained yourself, prepared yourself, disciplined yourself, then your weaknesses and the hardships, difficulties, persecutions and insults you receive are times and occasions that allow you to rise and shine. Olympic athletes train many long hours alone to prepare themselves for the main event when they have to put themselves against the best of the best, which is what makes the victory sweet. So likewise, the days of distress, which are coming, are days of darkness that permit the light of the Lord in you to shine so that “it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”[27]

You have believed and have been chosen for discipleship. Now, complete the course and prove your election as you allow the discipline of your sonship through the Holy Spirit reveal the Christ in you, the hope of glory—the overcomer. No discipline is pleasant, Paul wrote,[28] but if discipline is not pleasant and we should endure hardship as discipline,[29] then the training needed to produce the overcomer is even more gruelling.

The Corinthian church did not have the prerequisite qualities to produce overcomers; neither did many of the other churches as such. However, seven churches during John’s last days had the qualities in them to produce the overcomers. Thus, we should be delighted, yes, delighted right now that not only is the church like the Corinthian church, but indeed, it is also a church that has lost its first love, that does not know how to test for apostles, that not only tolerates the teachings and practices of the Nicotaitans, Balaamites and Jezebelians, but embraces them as it indulges in the deep secrets of Satan, as it rejoices in its acquired wealth, whilst it leaves those who are persecuted to their suffering – a church that believes it is strong because of its political, intellectual, monetary and military power whilst bereaved of any meaningful miraculous powers.[30]

So, if you thought the cost of discipleship was high, then the toll of becoming an overcomer is even higher, unless you delight that His grace is sufficient for you and in your weaknesses, His power is made perfect. Learning to delight in weaknesses so that God’s power can be made perfect in you is the first step for all overcomers. However, the sufficiency of His grace is not found in faith alone. No, the grace that is received by faith is sufficient for your salvation, which is for your entry into the Kingdom of Heaven, like some drowning refugee being pulled out of the sea by a passing ship. The sufficiency of His grace that perfects His power in our weaknesses comes from the work that is the practice of His words, that which we have heard.

This is how Paul showed us to attain the sufficiency of His grace that makes perfect His power in our weaknesses. Listen. “Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (John 17:17) I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “[31] And you are not to use this beatitude that Paul received directly from the Lord as others use it to exhort and even extort from others to give into your ministry. That is the church that you must overcome. Rather, this is for you to practise in your ministry to give out of what you have received from God.

If the disciples had been truthful with the Lord when He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see,” after He commanded them, “You give them something to eat,”[32] and said, “Lord, we have none,” instead of using the little boy’s five loaves and two fish as if it was theirs; for Andrew said, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”[33] whilst others answered the Lord saying, “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,”[34] as if the little boy’s offering was their bread and fish; if they said the truth, “Lord, we have none,” what do you suppose the Lord would have done? Remember the Lord took the five loaves and two fish to bless the little boy, not the twelve, then what do you suppose the Lord would now do to feed those who are hungry and thirsty? Would it not have been an opportune time to finally answer Satan’s challenge, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread,”[35] and changed the stones to bread to then multiply them whilst calling in quails as His Father did to give them meat?

So, for you, the sufficiency of grace that perfects God’s power in your weakness is to give from the truth you have received without coveting even a little boy’s fish and bread. Now, isn’t that something new? Truly, the Lord spoke the truth, “I am making everything new!”[36] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come! And the new creation must do things that the old cannot do and has never done, to show the surpassing glory of God’s grace to creation, which has been groaning, waiting for the sons of God to be revealed in the overcomers who are coming out of the church of Jesus Christ. AMEN


 

[1] 2 Corinthians 12:9

[2] John 1:16

[3] John 1:14

[4] John 1:17

[5] Ephesians 2:8

[6] Romans 3:23

[7] John 3:5

[8] John 17:17

[9] John 8:26

[10] 1 Corinthians 4:20; Romans 14:17

[11] Luke 10:19

[12] Mark 13:19

[13] Matthew 7:26

[14] John 14:6

[15] John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13

[16] John 3:7 (5-8)

[17] Hebrews 6:1-4

[18] 1 Corinthians 1:12

[19] 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

[20] 1 Corinthians 5:2

[21] 2 Corinthians 12:12

[22] 1 Corinthians 15:5-8

[23] Galatians 1:11-12

[24] 1 Corinthians 4:9

[25] 2 Corinthians 12:10

[26] Romans 8:35

[27] John 3:21

[28] Hebrews 12:11

[29] Hebrews 12:7

[30] Revelation 2-3

[31] Acts 20:32-35

[32] Mark 6:38,37

[33] John 6:8-9

[34] Matthew 14:17

[35] Matthew 4:3

[36] Revelation 21:5

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