2 Corinthians 12:9 Meaning of My Grace is Sufficient for You

2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Explanation and Commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:9

We will not understand this verse if we do not start from the beginning of the chapter. This allows us to see why Jesus was telling Paul that His grace is sufficient for him. In verse 1 of this chapter, Paul was talking about boasting and what he is facing. Paul, as an apostle of Christ, had done so much that he could boast about it. He performed miracles and preached the gospel. He has every right to be boastful, but he chose not to.

Paul was not perfect and he was not happy about it. What did he do about this? He pleaded with God to take away the imperfections, the thorn that

2 Corinthians 12:8
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.”

But God answered him with, “My grace is sufficient for you and my power is made perfect in your weakness.” Imagine having all the powers that God has and becoming so perfect like Him. With that, there would be no reason to consult God for anything. But if we are weak, that is when the power of God can be seen in us.

Now, Paul could boast about his weakness because there is a higher power that can cover that weakness and make it powerful. We are not perfect. We are bound to make mistakes, but with the power of God through Christ, we will be made perfect. This is something we can boast of. That is, boasting about the power of God through Christ.

The lesson from this is that humility will let God step in and make our weakness our strength through His power.

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Biblical Translations of 2 Corinthians 12:9

NIV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

NLT
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

ESV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

KJV
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

NKJV
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.

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