2 Corinthians 3:1-6 – “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 4. And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” NKJV
There is a teaching in Christendom today that suggests man is and has everything he needs to be complete in himself. I can agree with that with the qualifier that it is IN CHRIST that we have sufficiency. In my own flesh I am powerless against the forces of hell but IN CHRIST I am more than a conqueror.
The apostle Paul address this very thing numerous times but especially in Philippians 4 when he spoke of the various states or conditions he found himself. He had known plenty and poverty. He had been hungry and full. He had flourished and floundered and declared that he had learned the secret of contentment and that secret was his confidence in God and God’s ability to keep him. He said in verse 13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In the text referenced above Paul is reminding his hearers of the biblical truth that we have been weighed in God’s scales and been found deficient in ourselves. However, those same scales when used IN CHRIST we rise to the top and excel being more than conquerors through Christ. We are IN HIM and it is IN HIM that we live and move and have our being. It is IN HIM that we are sufficient. It is IN HIM that we are able to break free from the bondage of the doctrines of man and move into the gloriousness of Him and His life!
I am sufficient IN CHRIST and that sufficiency is not mine but His. It is Him living His life through me for the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of and faith in the Son of God. When the Blood of Jesus is applied there is no deficiency. When we are translated from the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light there is no deficiency. When IN HIM we live and move and have our being there is no deficiency. We are often tempted to fall into the trap that enslaved Adam and Eve. That trap was making self the center of their universe, firing God as the center and elevating self to that position. They went from beings that would and could live forever in their natural state to beings filled with death, dying and decay. In a sense they were born again backward believing THE LIE of hell.
They did not house, in themselves, sufficiency for that comes from God and God alone. They moved from His keeping and care to their own strength and enslaved the race to the devil. However, when Jesus went to the Cross as a sinless sacrifice for the race, shed His blood, rose again and ascended to the Right Hand of the Father that curse was broken. Now man, IN CHRIST, has the sufficiency to not only survive but thrive. Now man can enter into the Life that Jesus came to bring – ABUNDANT LIFE. Now, man has the potential to be more than a conqueror IN CHRIST.
What is your condition and position? Rise up and be who God declared you to be IN CHRIST! God bless you as you go through this day!