When Weakness Ends

2 Corinthians 6:8-9, [Servants of God] are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed…

The Christian lives a paradoxical life. We are saint and sinner, poor but rich, content though we suffer, weak yet strong, and we die but live. Suffering is the life of the Christian, for in Christ’s suffering we are saved. Therefore, God permits us to be weak, for as Christ said to Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Or, in Luther’s words, “Where man’s strength ends, God’s strength begins.” For although Christ was weak and powerless on the cross, He performed His most powerful work of conquering sin, death, the world, Hell, the Devil, and all evil. Therefore, in our weakness, Christ is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Thus, He comforts us in our afflictions (Matthew 11:28-30) and teaches us to be content, and in our weakest moment of death, He raises us from the dead.

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