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2 Corinthians 12:10

    “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

So often Christians have a hard time believing that it is actually Christ who is living through them. At best they believe that they live, and Christ lives in a part of them. The Lord pointed out this verse to me recently to discount the notion. I’ll explain- observe the end of the verse which says, “when I am weak, then I am strong.” If it were Christ just in part of Paul wouldn’t it be more appropriately stated as “when I am weak, Jesus is strong”? Wouldn’t that more accurately express that Paul would “die to himself” in that moment or that he would “put the flesh under”? The fact of that matter is that Paul - like us- was infused with the Spirit of Christ. They-like us- were no longer two but one flesh!! This is why Paul states that when he was weak then he was strong!! It is the Spirit of the living God that was living through Paul and Paul- like Saul was no longer living as he said- Christ was living through him. This revelation, if you can catch it is astounding because we are the same as Paul!! Like Paul, it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us so we can say, when we are weak then we are strong. Even if we use our own name it is really Christ that we are referring to because it is His Spirit fused in perfect union with our spirit and there is no separation even as there is no separation between wet and water!

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