The Grace of Christ (Continued)

One of the believers who experienced the grace of Christ is Paul. His name was Saul until he met Christ on the road to Damascus when he was persecuting the church. This was a dramatic experience in which Saul became blind because of the bright light he encountered. After a few days of being blind, Ananias was sent to pray for him and he recovered. Immediately Paul began to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the sufficient grace of Christ was on him.

The grace of Christ increased on Paul to a point he began to experience miracles in his service to God. In 2 Corinthian 12: 12 Paul refers to himself and says, “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds” (KJV). The signs of an apostle manifest when the grace of Christ allows for miracles. Paul experienced a lot of signs and wondered in his ministry that he could have easily become conceited. He could have thought that he was somebody great, but God kept him in check.

Paul said that after having had revelations and other spiritual experiences in Christ, a thorn in the flesh was given to him to just let him know that he was not anything in himself. He sought The Lord three times so that it could be taken away but nothing happened. After what he went through, he finally understood that God did not want him to think of himself as being big, better and special compared to other believers because of the extra ordinary things he was doing. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”. (KJV). If you can make it on your own then it means there is no need for grace. Nevertheless we all need grace and his grace is sufficient.

Believers need to understand that miracles are performed by God. God is a supernatural God therefore his work is supernatural work. There is a difference between the work of man and the work of God. God’s work is not confined within and limited by dictates of the laws of nature. His work supersedes the laws that govern the natural world. Now, a believer does not need to go with the idea that when a miracle happens then it is his own ability. God does not share his glory with any man.

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