Corinthians – Revealing Our Sufficiency

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Many keys are revealed in the Epistles of Corinthians that will help us discover and enjoy our sufficiency that we have received in Christ. The more we come to know Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior from the Church Epistles, the more he in turn reveals to our understanding that God has given to us our sufficiency in all things. Jesus Christ introduces our loving Father’s will for our sufficiency.

II Corinthians 2:15-17:
-15: For we are unto God a sweet savour {a sweet fragrance} of Christ, in them that are saved {in those who we can reach with God’s Word}, and in them that perish: {Those we share God’s Word with, and yet they refuse to believe are “them that perish.” We who speak the Word are not responsible for other people’s believing, so when we simply speak the Word and share our blessings we are always a sweet fragrance and aroma of Christ to God, in other words, we bless God completely when we open up our hearts to others.}
-16: To the one {who refuses God’s Word} we are the savour of death unto death {spiritual death}; and to the other {to those who will believe, we are} the savour of life unto life {the abundant life that we enjoy having God’s sufficiency and eternal life}. And who is sufficient for these things? {The answer is we are always sufficient to present God’s Word as a sweet fragrance.}
-17: For we are not as many, which corrupt {water down, dilute} the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in {of} Christ.

God has made us sufficient and complete to present Jesus Christ to anyone, for God has given us the Word and ministry of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-20). So rather than watering down or diluting God’s Word like some do by embellishing it or stating half‑truths, we can speak God’s wonderful healing Word in sincerity.

Revelations 22:18-19:
-18: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
-19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelations gives us a very good reason why we speak what God’s Word says. It is much more enjoyable knowing that when we do speak the gospel of redemption and salvation through Christ, that we are presenting him openly, honestly, and candidly for we are in the sight of God Who always watches over His Word when spoken.

When we share God’s Word, we will be a blessing and sweet fragrance to God Who is our sufficiency.

II Corinthians 9:7-8:
-7: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
-8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Our God does not want anyone to give until it hurts, or to give when they feel coerced and threatened, for then, giving will be done grudgingly with ill feeling about giving, when it should be an honor to give and to receive God’s blessings.

God does not want us to give mindlessly, but to give from the heart with our talents, resources and abilities. When we give based on the truth that we already have God’s sufficiency, then we can give cheerfully.

God loves a cheerful giver, and when we begin to recognize that we indeed do have all grace and all sufficiency in our lives we may abound to every good work, walking with our Savior.

II Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of {from} God;

Our sufficiency is supplied by God and was freely given to us through the accomplishments of our Savior Jesus Christ as is revealed to us in Corinthians.

We can come closer to God and know He is Our Sufficiency, and when we tell someone about the healing Word, then we are a sweet savor of Christ to God’s complete delight as He gives us “all grace” to enjoy “all sufficiency” in “all things” every day.