Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.



weak. adjective. lacking energy to perform

demanding tasks; lacking power or influence.

This is how the Bible describes all of us in relation to our sinful standing before God: unable to save ourselves and powerless to make ourselves right with a holy God.


I am sure many (if not all) of us could recall a time when you have felt truly weak. Powerless physically or situationally. Do you remember how if felt in that moment when someone came to your aid?

The apostle Paul describes such a moment has been a part of the story of every person who has entered the family of God. He says - and this is glorious good news! - that while we were still weak, helpless, powerless, feeble, faint, and frail, at the right time, Jesus died for us. Further, our weakness was rooted in our ungodliness. Our un-holiness. Jesus died for the ungodly. 

He didn't expect me to be strong first. 

He didn't command me to get holy first. 

He knew I couldn't. 

And this is love. God loved us. He saw us weak, helpless, ungodly, and unrighteous. Powerless, frail, feeble, and faint. 

And in his love, his love for us, he sent the infinitely Strong One for the finite weak ones, who were still sinners, to die for us. To save us. To reconcile us to himself. 

And now, let the weak say I am strong, 

let the poor say I am rich, 

because of what the Lord has done for us. 

Give thanks, with a grateful heart,

give thanks, to the Holy One, 

give thanks, because He's given, Jesus Christ, his son. 

Give thanks! 

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5:6-11, English Standard Version)

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