But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7, ESV)

Paul tells the Corinthians that the treasure we have [the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ vs. 6] is in “jars of clay.”  By this he means inside of we humans beings who have followed Christ by faith.  The reason that this treasure is in jars of clay is so that the power that brings it, that works salvation in us, belongs to God alone.  We cannot boast about it, because it comes from God and the proof is that it resides in we fallible and weak human beings.  What can we find to boast about in that, except in God and his “surpassing power.”

The Bible Speaks Today commentary points out that: “Hughes comments that ‘the immense discrepancy between the treasure and the vessel serves simply to attest that human weakness presents no barrier to the purposes of God, indeed, that God’s power is made perfect in weakness’.”

Power perfect in weakness.  Let’s embrace that.

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