We Need To Know That We Are Weak
2 Corinthians 13:5a: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
The Corinthians were examining Paul. It was appropriate that they do that but it was also important that they examine themselves.
2 Corinthians 13:3-4, 6: Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth 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. . . . 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
So what is it that we are to prove as we examine ourselves? We are to prove that we are in the faith and that Jesus Christ is in us. Paul told the Corinthians that Christ lives by the power of God and that he and other believers were also living by the power of God. If we are in the faith, we are also living in the power of God. They were to examine themselves and prove to themselves that they too were living by the power of God.
When I received Jesus, I did not know Him very well. But I did know that I was surrendering to Him and that He had power I didn*t fully understand. I sensed that a power that was not my own had gone to work on me and that power would continue to work for the rest of my life and forever.
Paul told the Corinthians that we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God.
Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Often what we need to learn when we examine ourselves is that we are weak. When we know we are weak we know we must depend upon His strength. Sometimes I have to relearn that lesson dozens of times a day. Perhaps that is why God lets us prove it so often. We like to be strong. We don*t like to be weak. It can be painful to focus on our weakness. We can be ashamed of our weakness but we ought not to live there. We ought to prove that God is always the Only Powerful One. Our joy in knowing that He is at work in us can take our attention off our weakness. It can make us thankful for our weakness AND His power because our weakness makes His power is more apparent.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ*s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
When we were saved we knew we were weak. When we trust Jesus His power goes to work in us and through us. Then we begin to believe that we are strong. We forget that we are only strong because He makes us strong. We forget that the strength is His and comes from Him.
We need to examine our attitude. If we think we are strong, we are either not Christians or we are not very wise Christians. When I know that I am a weak-kneed sinner, it makes me humble. When I think I am strong it makes me proud.
Matthew 22:29: Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
I believe it is also true that: We do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor our own weakness.
Unbelievers need to know more about the power of God and believers need to know more about their own weakness.
Care to discuss We Need To Know That We Are Weak with Ron?