2 Corinthians 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.


The paradox of Christ was the paradox of Paul. With God’s power at His disposal (Matt. 26:53) Christ nonetheless followed the course of weakness to the cross. In the Resurrection the magnitude of that untapped power was displayed. This side of the grave Paul like Jesus followed the path of “weakness” but as in Jesus’ life, a glimmer of God’s power showed through. Paul wanted this power to be used for constructive rather than punitive purposes, power that would enable him to serve them. 1

Personal Application

  • Read Ephesians 3:15-21. This is one long sentence. What six things can you start praying for about your own relationship with God, based on this prayer of Paul?

Godly Encouragement

  • For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit. –1 Peter 3:18

A Biblical Thought to Share with Others

His power is greater than my weakness. – TWEET IT

A Prayer to Consider

Lord, thank You for Your great grace that carries me through my greatest weaknesses.


1. Walvoord, John F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.

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