As promised, here is the third verse (snippet) from my recent readings in 2 Corinthians 13. It’s ironic to me that so much fuss is made about 1 Corinthians 13, but it seems to me that 2 Corinthians 13 contains even more compelling biblical truths for us to consider.
In my comparisons of other translations, I noticed that “powerful” was often translated as “mighty” (KJV and NASB, among others), and “powerful” in the NLT, ESV, and AMP — no doubt similar wording is used in other versions, too. I have decided to visit dictionary.com again for definitions on these words that we use quite often in everyday conversation, but may perhaps not fully understand. Consider:
- Powerful: having or exerting great power or force; physically strong, as a person; producing great physical effects; potent; efficacious; having great effectiveness; having great power, authority, or influence; mighty.
- Mighty: having, characterized by, or showing superior power or strength; of great size; huge; great in amount, extent, degree, or importance; exceptional.
It’s amazing all that we can learn from the dictionary, no? I encourage you to also do a word study with a Bible dictionary and concordance and see where the Lord leads you.
At any rate, these definitions help me because I am reminded that Jesus exemplifies power and might in every possible way.
Jesus possesses great power and force; as a man, He was physical strong (have you ever met an out of shape carpenter?), he had great physical effects and His works were quite potent (think of His miracles); His interactions with people were marked by efficiency and effectiveness (what He purposed to do always came to pass); He clearly possesses great authority, power and influence, and no one could dispute His might (how else do you explain the resurrection?).
Jesus consistently modeled tremendous strength or power (consider how He carried His cross after having been scourged, and then withstood the unimaginable suffering involved of a crucifixion, but still had the presence of mind to comfort His mother and witness to the two criminals on either side of Him). In terms of His “great size,” I believe the Bible indicates that Jesus was a fairly ordinary man in terms of His appearance, but after His resurrection, He appeared to scores of people, all at the same time — nothing ordinary about that! And the fact that He was able to appear (and disappear) without using a door or any other conventional means of transport and that those who saw Him worshiped Him and believed on HIs name — as we still do today — speaks of His import and exceptional nature.
So no, the God we serve is not weak in any sense; He is powerful and mighty, and His spirit and power are fully resident within us. All we need to do is ask Him for help and then watch what He does next!