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30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.

 

Paul now moves from his comparison with the super-apostles to show his weaknesses (2 Co 11:30-12:10).

30 If I must boast,

Paul did not boast of his strength but his weakness. This was the opposite of what the Judaizers expected to hear. However, he boasted out of necessity rather than expediency.

I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.

Paul’s boast does not come from his strength but his infirmity. The contrast is in the content of boasting. The apostle boasted of his humbling experiences, such as his escape in a basket (v. 33). His “infirmity” showed what Christ accomplished through him. His weakness made him depend on God’s grace.

PRINCIPLE:

Our weakness makes us cast ourselves on God’s grace.

APPLICATION:

God’s purpose for trial is to bring out the provisions of His grace for living. God works in us in such a way that our weaknesses become our strength (2 Co 12:10).

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