Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scripture
Eph. 1.16-20 / Part 3 – The Greatness of His power
And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Standing strong is hard. Our God knows this. Not only in his omniscience. He knows it because as Jesus Christ, he also experienced it the way we do. The Son of God, humbled Himself. In His incarnation, He lived in dependence upon the Spirit. The way He asks us to. It is not “do as I say, but not as I do.” He cast off His divine prerogatives. He took on the “likeness of sinful flesh.” (Rom. 8.3) He wasn’t sinful. But He lived under the burdens of those fallen. He lived like we do. He “suffered in the flesh” (1 Pet. 4.1) And we are called to “arm [ourselves] with the same way of thinking.” (1 Pet. 4.1) This is so we might live like He did. Victoriously.
Arming ourselves with His mind is what we’re after. Using the tools He has provided. Not gritting our teeth and bearing it. Looking to Him. Depending upon Him. Casing our ALL upon Him. Resting in Him. Believing Him. This is the substance of Paul’s prayer here. That God’s Spirit would “enlighten” the “eyes of ” our “hearts.” That we might see with inward conviction. That we might know these things to be true. That we would do more than theorize them. That we might stand in them.
First, to live in hope. Real hope. Absolute confidence in the promise of Heaven. In eternal life. Convinced that all we suffer here is temporary. Passing. That this “slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (1 Cor.4.17)
Second, that we would be aware of how highly God prizes His children. That He considers us His own precious inheritance. Beyond any human value.
Lastly, that we might grasp the power of His working on our behalf. That we might never fear a lack of resource. That we would draw from His strength,. Not our own. That we would work out our salvation in fear and trembling. With the knowledge that He is the one working in us. Both to will, and to do of His good pleasure. (Phil. 2.12-13)
Do you believe it? Do you believe that God is working in you? The reason you desire holiness is because He is working. And His Spirit gives more than the desire. He is sent to indwell us to give the power to carry it out. And how great is this power? Is it just in dribbles? No! It is in torrents. It is unimaginable. Immeasurable our text says. Equal to that power it took to raise Jesus from the dead. Equal to what it took to seat Him on the throne of God Himself. More than equal to any crisis life may throw at at us. Greater than anything the enemy of our souls can conjure against us. Greater than sickness. It transcends death. Greater than our sin. It is HIS holiness. Greater than our failures. It is His victory. Greater than all the demons in Hell. He reigns above them. Greater than this life. It carries over into the world to come. Beloved – greater is He who is in you, that he who is in the world. (1 John 4.4)
Hope for the future. The favor of highest love. And the supply of divine power. These are the things which can keep us stable, steadfast and strong. Nothing else will do. Nothing else CAN do. This is the provision of Christ for His own. The is the heritage of the saints. This is how we will overcome.
Christ, is Lord of all. Believe Him.