I had a busy day today touring Rome, but it's my pleasure to present this eleventh and final study from our work in Second Corinthians. It was a pleasure to work on this series, which totals 26 when we add in the work on First Corinthians. There will be no study posted next week; we will begin looking at First Timothy the first week of November.
Paul ended this letter still battling to preserve his place in the minds and hearts of the Corinthians. He was trying to remind some (and convince others) that he was doing his work in the power of Christ. From that statement, I reflected and wrote:
v. 4 – Paul knew that he lived and worked in Christ’s power. His work was to serve God’s people with that power and it was resurrection power. That’s the same power that you and I have. We have the same Spirit who raised a dead man back to life living in us. Not some token of that Spirit or a replica, but the same Spirit. When we work in Christ, we have that resurrection power that works in and through us.
That’s why we should produce supernatural results in whatever we do. The problem is that we too often limit those supernatural results to healing the sick and raising the dead. When few of us produce those miracles, we stop expecting supernatural results. Jesus said:
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12).
What could be greater than raising the dead? Raising more dead than Jesus did? That’s one way of interpreting that verse. There’s another way, however, that I think you should consider. Jesus never opened an orphanage, built a church building, published a book, found a cure for a disease, started a school or founded a missions organization. Why not? He could do all that, and in some sense He does, but He does those things through you and me. Why can’t those things be considered part of His promise for greater works? If that’s true, then what can you do in the power of the Spirit that is greater than anything Jesus ever did? When can you do it?
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