2 Corinthians 13:8–9: For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.


For himself, Paul knew he was powerless against the truth, the will of God. His experience on the Damascus Road had taught him that. Like Jesus his Lord, he was willing to spend and be spent on behalf of others. In his weakness he was made strong and so were they. He was concerned about the Corinthians’ welfare. Perfection may be translated “restoration.” This noun occurs only here in the New Testament but is kin to the verb translated “aim for perfection” used for repairing nets.

As a conclusion to this warning, this prayer for restoration of their ways was certainly fitting. Then Paul could be spared the pain of disciplining those he loved and instead he could work with them for their joy and for building them up. 1

Personal Application

  • Read 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10. How often should you pray for others?

Godly Encouragement

  • For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. –2 Corinthians 8:9

A Biblical Thought to Share with Others

If you live for the truth, and live out the truth, you will have nothing to fear. – TWEET IT

A Prayer to Consider

Lord, thank You for giving us the whole truth and nothing but the truth.


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

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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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