Surpassing Power

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

What is this surpassing power?

Surpassing—superiority, excellence, beyond all measure, exceeding greatness.

Power—ability, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, power for performing miracles, power of armies, mighty.

2 Corinthians 4:16—”So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”

2 Corinthians 5:2—”For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,”

This jar of clay, outer self or tent that we live in is gradually wasting away.  Sounds rather depressing until we read that He has given us a new creation or treasure. 

2 Corinthians 5:17—”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

We have a tendency to dress up this Christian jar of clay, but the jar and tent are wasting away so we will see that the surpassing power living is us belongs to God, not us.  This jar of clay is weak.  Note he says “surpassing” power rather than “power”.

2 Corinthians 12:9—”But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

“God’s power surpasses all human powers. Every human power has limits. Our need for sleep reminds us we are limited. But God’s power is limitless. His power always surpasses. The more we posture ourselves as we are, jars of clay, earthen vessels holding God’s glory, the more we will experience His power. The more we try to act as if we aren’t clay pots, posturing and prancing around like we are something powerful in and of ourselves, the less of God’s all-surpassing-power we will experience. But our world and churches and families need the surpassing power of God. They need us to drag ourselves before our God daily to be filled afresh with His might and strength and grace — His surpassing power.”  From

Lord, we fall before You on our knees, in the weakness of our flesh, trusting that Your surpassing power will be expressed through us shining a light on Your glory and grace. 

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