Our Weakness, God’s Power
Read 2 Corinthians Chapter 13
2Co 13:4 For to be sure, He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you.
In this verse, Paul is writing about himself and his relationship with the Corinthians. But he makes a statement that has equal application to every Christian. The reference to Christ’s “weakness” and his own weakness are important.
We know that Christ was not weak, as we think of weakness. He willingly relinquished His power while on earth so that He could submit Himself to crucifixion. Christ chose to be weak in order to accomplish a greater purpose; that is, to provide us with a way to become “sinless” children of His Father. Despite that weakness which He willingly took on, He now lives in full power with His and our Father.
The correlation with mankind is stated in the latter part of this verse. Paul stated that we are weak in Him. I looked at three other translations, and they all said, “weak in Him.” However, two of the translations indicated that it could be interpreted, “weak WITH Him. I find that interesting. Paul could have simply said that we are weak, with no reference to Christ. Perhaps he was saying that it was our true, human weakness which led us to seek and believe in Him. Maybe it signifies that Christ became weak in the same way that we are weak, so that His life of perfection can become ours as we believe in Him. Either way, it shows that we are identified with Christ in weakness, or Christ is identified with us in our weakness. He chose to become like us so that He could lead us out of our weakness. I don’t know why, but that gives me a measure of comfort.
But the biggest amount of comfort comes from this statement: “By God’s power we will live with Him.” That is awesome! We don’t have to be strong. We have the strength of Christ. Since Christ overcame his self-imposed weakness, our weakness will not doom us to an eternal death. Because He lives, we will live. Hmmm, I think I’ve heard that in a song somewhere…
How can we apply these ideas to our SSA? I love it! Every one of know that we are unbelievably weak. We recognize the enormity of our imperfections, far too often than we would like. But for us, our weaknesses have been overcome through the weakness of Christ and the strength of the Father to raise Him from the dead. When we despair over our failures, we can turn to this verse and see that our latest failure will not doom us eternally. That is a beautiful thought.
Now, knowing that, how should we live? We should strive to please our Savior with every ounce of energy we have left for the remainder of our lives. He deserves our unbroken loyalty and love. These truths should give us all the incentive we need to live our lives fully embraced in His will and purpose for our lives. Yes, we will make mistakes, but our greatest desire must be to fully obey Him in every aspect of our lives. Naturally, this includes our sexual purity, which should always be our goal.
2Co 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.
Prayer: Father, we know all this. Yet, we find ourselves failing sometimes. You know our hearts and You know that we are repentant when that happens. We thank You from the bottom of our soul, that our weaknesses have been conquered through the work of Jesus on the cross and Your power to resurrect Him.