Our Resources In Christ, Part 5of5, Evans Olang

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Ephesians 1:19-20, “18 … that you may know …, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places”

A policeman has authority to execute his assigned duties because he has a badge of authority (power) to do so. People listen to him when he flashes his badge, It’s been given to him and grants him power to operate in those levels.

Acts 1:8, tells us of the promise of the Father,“8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Each believer is to receive this power through the Holy Spirit, and this power is to be put to work. Just like the policeman is not given power to make him look good but to operate, we too have been empowered to operate. The policeman cannot do it in his own strength, neither can we. By this power, the disciples were to be witnesses to proclaim Him king, and publish those truths to the world by which His kingdom should be set up, and He would rule.

Not only that, I believe there was more this power would do in believers lives. This was also to enable believers to live in away pleasing unto the Lord by overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil. None of us have the power to live in victory unless it’s given to us. And here Paul is praying point 4.”That we may know the exceeding greatness of His power”. This power is for both quickening our dead souls, and preserving our spiritual life. That this great power He exerted in Christ, raising him from the dead we be aware how much it is present in us to raise us up together because we have believed. This is dynamite, explosive power.

2Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”. The treasure of the knowledge of Christ and the power by which all things consist, that power is not credited to any man, but God. And this power enables us to overcome what is before us regardless of how things are, 2Corinthians 4:8-18, “8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you 13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Only the power of God makes these possible in the life of a believer who is a witness by preaching and by living.

Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Here is Paul ending his prayer ascribing to God’s ability and His willingness to do much more than we could ever ask or imagine but only according to the Power of the Holy Spirit at work in prayer (Romans 8:26) in us for His glory. Let us therefore expect more, ask for more, encouraged by what Christ has already done for our souls, being assured that the conversion of sinners, and the comfort of believers, and the victory of believers through this power will be to His glory, for ever and ever. Do we know this power? Is it in operation in our lives? Do we know that this is Christ resource for us? Paul’s prayer is simple, Ephesians 1:18-20, “18 …that you may know …, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places”, Blessings, Ev

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