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Human weakness and the power of God

2 Corinthians 13:4

It was only possible for Christ to die because he accepted a human nature. In other words, he became a man, like us. When he did that, he also received the weaknesses of our human nature. He knew what it means to be tired, or hungry, or to suffer pain*.

Christ accepted that weakness so that he could bring people into a right relationship with God. He died in weakness and shame so that God can forgive our evil deeds*. In his death, he suffered the punishment that we deserve. So, because of his death, we can have life that never ends.

Of course Christ could not remain dead*. After he became alive again, he received the place of greatest honour in heaven*. In that, we truly see the power of God.

Paul had spoken much about his own weakness*. He described the weakness of his own human nature as he carried out his extraordinary work for God*. Often, it seemed that he must die* - but God rescued him.

So Paul was very aware both of his own weakness, and of the power of God in his life. He had discovered that Christ was living in him*.

Other people were trying to control the Christians in Corinth by strong and impressive actions*. Paul refused to use any such methods*. Instead, Paul would depend completely on the power of God to deal with their problems. So God, and not Paul himself, would deal with these matters. Paul would do simply what God guided him to do.

Next part: Examine yourself: is Christ living in you? (13:5)


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