2 Corinthians 13:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 13:3, NIV: since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

2 Corinthians 13:3, ESV: since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

2 Corinthians 13:3, KJV: Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

2 Corinthians 13:3, NASB: since you are seeking proof of the Christ who speaks in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.

2 Corinthians 13:3, NLT: I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak when he deals with you; he is powerful among you.

2 Corinthians 13:3, CSB: since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but powerful among you.

What does 2 Corinthians 13:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When coming to visit the believers in Corinth, Paul will be coming as something of a spiritual judge. He is planning to hold accountable all who are living in ongoing sin. His purpose is to expose and confront them for their rebellion against Christ. He wrote ominously that he would not spare them (2 Corinthians 13:1–2).

Though not always in the best ways, the Corinthians have been looking for proof that Christ genuinely speaks through Paul as His apostle. Ominously, Paul says they will get proof when they see how powerfully Christ acts to discipline their sinfulness. Even if they think Paul is weak in person, they should not think Christ will be weak when judging their lack of repentance for sin. They will see that Christ is, indeed, powerful.

Paul is not threatening them, nor promising any particular result. It should be noted—and the Corinthians would have known—that there were instances in the early church where God issued severe punishment (Acts 5:1–11; 13:8–11). At the very least, Paul is being deadly serious in warning of consequences for those who lack repentance from sin.