Dr. John Hartmann

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Power Perfected in Weakness

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

In this refreshing exhortation we look at some Biblical passages that underline the basic idea that God chooses humble, insignificant things (in the eyes of the world) as His means of demonstrating the folly and vanity of human wisdom, might, and self-sufficient pride. God thus chooses and works through “the things that are not” (not esteemed by the world) so that He might ultimately bring to nothing “the things that are” (esteemed and honored by the world), things and persons that vaunt themselves in a way that would seek to rob God of the glory that is only His.

Some of the key passages surveyed: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Luke 1:46-55; 1 Samuel 2:1-10.

From here we take a look at the story of Gideon in Judges 6-8, which serves as a living illustration of our main point. God allowed the army that went to battle with Gideon to be reduced to a very small, insignificant number (300 men), so that Israel would not boast that the victory had come through her own might or power. God works in such a way that “no flesh may boast in His presence”.

We close with consideration of Paul’s “boasting” in 2 Corinthians 10-13, where he at last states that if he glories in anything it is in his weaknesses, for then the power of Christ rests upon Him in a fullness that it does not if otherwise.

This sermon offers refreshment and encouragement to the hearts of those facing seemingly hopeless and impossible situations or who feel they have little strength or wisdom in themselves. God often does a work of great grace through such persons. But it usually requires that we be brought to a point of great extremity, so that our trust will be in the God Who raises the dead.

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