Sunday, April 8, 2012

Is God's power which raised Christ from the dead also for the Christian?

In Ephesians 1 & 2, the Apostle Paul prayed that God would help us to understand the "exceeding greatness of His power." 

This same power of God did the following for Christ:
Raised Christ from the dead.  (1:20)  After He had already been dead for 3 days and for 3 nights.
Set Christ at God's right hand in Heavenly places.  (1:20)
Put all things under Christ's feet.  (1:22)
Made Christ head over all things.  (1:22)

This same power of God is also for us who believe. (1:19)  For us believers God's same power has:

Made you, believer, alive in Christ, having once been dead in sins.  (2:1)
Raised us up from sins.  (2:6)  Now that's complete victory! 
Puts us in heavenly places in Jesus.  (2:6)
He did all that for us so that in eternity to come He might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us!  (2:7)

God gives you His limitless power!  God's power resurrected Christ, and now He places His same power at your service.  Imagine that.  Now what do you need from God for the glory of Jesus Christ?  Ask, and it shall be given unto you.

Ephesians 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 
18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 
19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 
22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 
Ephesians 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 
3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 
4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 
5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 
6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
-Post by Phillip

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