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Only Through His All Surpassing Power

21 Sep

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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. (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

The power of God, is made perfect in weakness. That’s an interesting thought, that aligns with the rest of scripture. Take the Israelites, an enslaved nation, yet God chose them. Or if you want to get out of the scripture, take us! Unable to do anything to help ourselves, unable to stop sinning, yet God chose us. – Abram (later to become Abraham) and Sarah, a very old man and very old women), were chosen by God to have a son. The slave women Hagar, when she was powerless to save herself or her son, God chose to save them. – Paul, a persecutor of Christs’ followers, (he would actually kill them!) was chosen by God to be on of the most influential Christians of all time. Weakness is God’s platform on which he builds his people it seems.

First, if someone isn’t weak Spiritually, can they actually be saved? … We’ve just established that God uses the fools of the world to humble the “wise”. So what if someone simply doesn’t have any problems aside from the pride every human being living has and the occasional temptation?

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

The day someone like the person I described is found, will be the day pigs fly, of course that won’t happen, seeing as evolution doesn’t really exist. But that’s another point for another day. – My point being that there is no “perfect person” living, there isn’t even someone who even comes remotely close to being, “acceptable” and as for “mildly alright”, forget about it. We’re all, everyone on of us, weaklings. Pathetically running into the pit of sin, unable to stop ourselves from hurtling straight towards a very earthly(/early) and cut short life. Not only that, but trying to cut down everyone else in the process. This is why it’s only through Christs’ death and Resurrection that we can be saved; only by his all surpassing power that we can live eternally. In fact, not only are we now completely turned around, and running in the opposite direction, we now try to help others as well when Christ saves us.

Through our weakness, God’s power is made perfect. Through our gleeful run towards that which will kill us, Christ’s saving power is made even more clear in our lives. That phrase, “through our weakness, God’s power is made perfect.” is so big, there’s no way anyone can possibly touch on every aspect of how that’s true. You could even say that in our weak-minded brains, the incomprehensibly large power of God is made to seem even greater by our feeble efforts to capture it in words.

This is my point: it actually does matter how weak you are, it matters a lot. Oh how weak you are, all the better for God’s power to be made even more spectacular when people see the incredible change that has come over you! We in of ourselves can’t kill ourselves. Which is exactly what is required for salvation; death to our old nature. We are weak, we aren’t able to break the “addiction”, we aren’t able to stop, or for that matter, we’re not even able to start fixing the problem, only by Christ’s death can we be set free.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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