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Ephesians 1:19

Awesome Power

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,


The third part of the revelation of the knowledge of God is to know "what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power." Since the saints are so valuable to God as His treasured inheritance, it stands to reason that He must have done a powerful work toward them or in them. We have seen that there is nothing good within any man, for all have sinned against God. What, then, can make us so valuable to God? The answer lies in this verse.

Paul wanted the saints to know the exceeding greatness of God's power and he uses several very descriptive words to tell them about it. As Lloyd-Jones has said, the English language is not adequate to describe the things of God, so Paul piles one adjective upon another. God's power is exceedingly, i.e. superbly, great. It is above that which we can even imagine. He speaks things into existence and controls history purely with will power.

Paul is not describing God's authority here. The Greek word is dunamis from which we get our word dynamite. This is an explosive and fearsome power that no force can resist. Its greatness is superb, Paul says!

But, Paul wants the saints to know what that divine power is like as it is used by God toward us. This is again something that cannot be known without the influence of the Holy Spirit. It begins to work on us through the words of the gospel. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)

"For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:" (1 Thessalonians 1:5-6) It is a transforming power, and Paul points out that you know what kind of a person you were before you were saved.

The power of God has not just changed your way of thinking or your world view but it has changed everything about you. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) You may not have noticed it, but even a person's appearance changes when He discovers the power of the gospel. I have seen it happen so many times. The worries of this world are wiped from their face and replaced with a smile brought on by the joy of being reconciled to God. All things become new for the believer.

God's power is not limited to the single moment of salvation, however. The saints are kept by His power so that they will never again fall away into condemnation; they exercise undefeatable faith by the power of God; they accomplish impossible and undreamed of tasks by the power of God; they will be resurrected by the power of God; and they will live forever by that same power. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13) God works on you, in you, and through you to accomplish His will for your life. He works "according to the working of His mighty power." The Greek word for working is energeia, meaning energy. The Greek for "mighty" literally means "strength." God works toward you in the energy of the strength of His power.

If you have read what is above, you still know nothing about the exceeding greatness of His power toward us. Paul prayed that the Spirit would reveal it, that you would experience it and that you would be as awed and speechless as he was by it. There are no words for it, but you can know it by surrendering to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Before The Throne:

Pray for the power. The Christian life is about power. If you have been saved, expect the power of God to flow through you. Confess to Him that you have not been living by His power and/or that you have not acted like you were filled with his power. Ask Him to mold you and make you like a potter working His clay. Prepare your heart for the good things that God will do to you, in you, and through you, when you submit everything to Him. Give thanks for the blessings that He has made available to you.

For Further Study:

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** exceeding: Eph 2:10; 3:7, 20; Psa 110:2-3; Isa 53:1; Joh 3:6; Act 26:18; Rom 1:16; 2Co 4:7; 5:17; Phi 2:13; Col 1:29; 2:12; 1Th 1:5; 2Th 1:11; Jam 1:18;

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