Paul said that Christ was speaking in him. Although Christ was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We were weak, but now we are powerful. Jesus Christ is in you also. Thus, you may have failed the test, but Paul and his companions had not failed. Paul prayed that they would do the right thing. Paul would only follow the truth. He prayed for their progress and improvement. Paul hoped that he would not have to use his authority that the Lord gave him for building up the Corinthian community.