LIVING BY THE POWER OF GOD
2Cor. 13:4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
Paul also said, “the weakness of God is stronger than men”. The Lord has chosen an unusual display of His power to save mankind. It wasn’t an open, blatant blast of His power; instead it was a hidden, veiled power revealed through the weakness of crucifixion. Christ suffered and died, appearing to be defeated by His enemies with the hidden message that His power was being displayed through weakness. The cross has overwhelmed the power of sin and disease, His apparent defeat was His greatest conquest. Today, the message of the cross is the strongest, most liberating message known to man. Through it, drug addicts and pimps, athletes and musicians, business people and the homeless are being changed by the weakness of God. Adam Clarke spoke powerfully about the power of God being displayed through the weakness of the cross.
“For though he was crucified through weakness. It is true Christ was crucified, and his crucifixion appeared to be the effect of his weakness; yet even this was not so; he gave up his life, none could take it away from him; and in his last struggle, had he even been deficient in power, he could have had more than twelve legions of angels to support him against the high priest’s mob; but how then could the Scripture be fulfilled? And had he not died, how could the human race have been saved? Though he appeared to be crucified through his own weakness, yet he now liveth by the power of God; exerting an almighty energy by which all things are subject to him.
We also are weak in him. Because we are on Christ’s side we appear to you as weak as he did to the Jews; but it is not so, for we live with him-under the same influence, and partaking of the same life; manifesting by our preaching and miracles the power of God towards you. While I do not use the rod, I appear to you weak; I will use it, and then you shall find me to be strong.”
Did you catch that? We also appear as weak in this world. We may not be the richest, or the most talented, or the best educated. There may be others who are more “qualified” to effect their world. But, at the end of the day, He has chosen the foolish to confound the wise, He has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things that are strong, He has chosen the common and ordinary, the things that are not that He may nullify the things that are. Why does He do all of this, that no man can boast and take credit for anything. So if you feel ill equipped, not properly trained or insufficiently talented, you are a candidate for the power of God. We may be weak but we live by the power of God.