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Ephesians 1:20

Resurrection 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,

The exceeding greatness of God's power cannot be described in simple terms that man can understand but it can be witnessed in the works that it accomplishes. Therefore, the Greek language having failed to be adequate for a description of God's power, Paul gives us the most amazing example of the working of His power.

(John Gill has written an excellent outline of the implications of this demonstration of power, and I will be following his thoughts very closely throughout this devotional study.)

Paul tells us that the mighty power of God, which is exerted toward us, is the same power which raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Christ died on the cross, and His lifeless body was incapable of raising itself from the tomb in which it was laid. God the Father had to take that three day old body, which was on the brink of decay, and regenerate every cell in it and restore the body to life. Any resurrection of the dead would have to be a work of God, but the one thing that made this extraordinary is the fact that Jesus' body represented all of the chosen elect whom God had given to Him for His church. Every Christian has this hope in Him, that, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we all are guaranteed to be raised up in the last day.

"And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:18) The resurrection is here compared to a new birth. Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29) who will follow after Him in the resurrection of the saints.

Furthermore, the resurrection of Christ was accomplished by, and is likened to, the same power that accomplishes the conversion of new believers. "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses." (Colossians 2:13) Every Christian was dead in his sins and was just as unable to help himself as that lifeless body of Christ; but, when Jesus was raised from the dead, that same power that worked in Him gave us a renewed spiritual life by the forgiveness of our sins. It is the power of God that is working toward us, in us and through us today.

Jesus' resurrection resulted in Him being raised up and set down at the right hand of the Father in heaven. He was restored to the glory that he had before the creation of the world (John 17:5), making it possible for us to receive that same glory. Praying to His Father, Jesus said, "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one." (John 17:22) And this glory is also beyond our imagination.

The power of God working toward us is beyond description yet is evident in the work of the resurrection. However, can man ever fully understand it before he is himself resurrected? I do not think so, but he can experience it. He can experience it in the new birth, in the work that God is doing within his soul, and in the work that God does through him when he makes himself available.

It is this last piece of evidence that so many Christians are missing. I will never stop reminding my readers that the true power of God can be witnessed, if they will only tackle the seemingly impossible tasks that God places before them and watch how He makes them seem so unbelievably simple. Witness to the people who appear to be hopelessly lost, the drunk lying in the street, the prostitute hooked on drugs, the drug dealer doing business on the street corner, or the wealthy business man who thinks he has everything. Not everyone will be saved, but God will amaze you at the things He can do through you.

Spend more time in prayer and keep a record of those prayers that God has answered. At the end of a year, you will be surprised at the high percentage of your prayers that have already been answered. This is the exceedingly great power of God to us-ward that Paul prayed for his people at Ephesus to understand.

Before The Throne:

If you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the power of God working in you. Ask Him to help you use it for the growth of His kingdom. Thank Him for the power and the blessings. Thank Him for the hope that you have in the resurrection of the saints. Ask Him to help you stay focused on the reward of glory that you have in Christ so that you can serve Him with greater commitment.

For Further Study:

** he wrought: Eph 2:5-6; Rom 6:5-11; Phi 3:10; 1Pe 1:3; ** when: Psa 16:9-11; Joh 10:18, 30; Act 2:24-33; 4:10; 10:40; 26:8; Rom 1:4; Heb 13:20; ** and set: Eph 4:8-10; Psa 110:1; Mat 22:43-45; 26:64; 28:18; Mar 14:62; 16:19; Joh 17:1-5; Act 2:34-36; 5:31; 7:55-56; Rom 8:34; Col 3:1; Heb 1:3; 2:9; 10:12; Rev 1:17; 5:11-14; ** heavenly: Eph 1:3;


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