Power without Strength

By William R. Newell

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect [complete] in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 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.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (KJV)

In Second Corinthians we find Christ our sufficiency. The key-verses here are 12:9-10:

“When I am weak then am I strong,” and, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

Many believers never find that God alone is their strength along every line. Paul found it!

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (4:7-11).

“Though our outward man [of the body] perish, yet the inward man [of the soul] is renewed day by day” (4:16).

"Our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (7:5-6).

Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (12:9).

William R. Newell (1868-1956)
Professor, Moody Bible Institute
The Spiritual Order of Paul’s Church Epistles

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