Sunday, November 6, 2011

Exceeding, Great, Mighty Power

Eph 1:19,20 "and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,"


This is the last thing on this list that Paul wants these people to know, to understand, to be enlightened about…"the exceeding greatness of God's power toward us who believe". This was written to the church in Ephesis, but it was not written just for the church in Ephesis. Some believe that this was what was called a circular letter that was to be distributed to a bunch of churches. So this was probably being addressed to all believers in that area. But not only that, this is addressing all of "us who believe".


Now I have to remember who Paul is writing about. I have to remember the resource that Paul is addressing. He is talking about God. He is talking about the almighty, awesome, ruling, powerful Creator and Sustainer of everything. He is talking about the great I AM. He is talking about Jehovah, the eternally existing One. All the resources of God, all the magnitude of God, all the power of God is given to us. The word "toward" actually is better translated "to us".


And what is that power like? What did that power do? How did God ultimately display this amazing power? By the resurrection of Christ from the dead and His ascension to heaven. Sure, God's power was demonstrated at creation. And yes, it has been demonstrated through the nation of Israel and in the many miracles that Jesus did. But the ultimate demonstration of God's power is the living Christ. This is exceedingly great power. This is hyper power. And Paul wanted these people and he wants us to know it. God wants us to know it. God wants us to experience it.


How? Changed lives. That is really resurrection power. To see total transformation. How? Victorious lives. Overcoming sin. Overcoming temptation. Overcoming trials.

How? Miraculous lives. Seeing God do things that can only be explained by God. Things happening that go far beyond anything we could ever manufacture.


May I know, understand and be enlightened about all of this…my hope…my inheritance…my power in Christ.


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