…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,
When we think of the power of God it is quite probable that many of our minds are drawn to the displays of God’s awesome power both in history and in the natural world. Biblical events such as the Crossing of the Red Sea, God’s glory descending on Mount Sinai and the fire of God consuming Elijah’s altar of sacrifice at Mount Carmel are tremendous reminders of the greatness of God’s POWER. I still remember vividly standing on the beach with my wife watching an incredible lightning storm out at sea; it was better than any man made fireworks display and just filled me with awe at the majestic spectacle. I was quite glad that I was not out at sea in the midst of it!
The Greek word used to describe God’s power in this verse is dunamis, from which we derive the word dynamite. Dunamis is God’s miraculous power in action, a display of His GLORY.
With this in mind we may also turn our minds to the outward manifestations of God’s power in relation to healing and the miraculous ministry of Jesus Christ Who opens blind eyes and raises the dead back to life. All of these manifestations of God’s power are certainly implied and incorporated in this word dunamis, but each are a part of revelation of God’s power. In Romans 1v16 Paul declares, I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. In 2 Peter 1v3-4, His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Scripture interprets Scripture and according to these verses the dunamis of God is gloriously revealed in the salvation of mankind and the outworking of godly character. It is a fact that we may not all have the opportunity to raise the dead, but we do all have the opportunity to live holy lives, and that is just as great a display of God’s POWER than any manifestation of physical healing or miracles. If God’s power were only related to the outward displays of healing and miracles then Jesus would not have said in Matthew 7v21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
In fact I would go as far as to venture that the greatest possible display of God’s POWER is actually the MIRACLE of SALVATION. The transformation from sinner to saint is often compared to that of the transformation of a chrysalis into a butterfly, but in reality it is so much greater than even that. It is such a wonderful miracle that it is no wonder that Jesus said that even the angels in heaven rejoice over just one who truly repents! The decision to make Jesus Christ LORD goes against the whole selfish bent of our human nature; the idea that we should not be in control of our own lives but choose rather to yield our lives to Christ is an anathema to our flesh, the confession that we are sinners in need of forgiveness is a fatal blow to our pride and independence; the willingness to place our trust in God’s goodness alone is diametrically opposed to the Hollywood gospel of “just believe in yourself.” So when we are truly BORN AGAIN of the SPIRIT of God that has got to be the greatest miracle of all!
This display of God’s POWER is even exceeding, in other words OVER ABOUDNING towards us because saving us is just the beginning of this DUNAMIS power. Holiness of life and character is that exceeding power at work, a work that embraces our moral choices, our attitude and our motivations. Such an incredible transformation is ONLY possible through exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe; So do we want to experience this DUNMAIS POWER? It is simple, let us make a choice today to BELIEVE ON JESUS WITH ALL OUR HEARTS and we will be the MIRACLE, the display of GOD’S POWER!
OUR PRAYER TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank you for the displays of Your awesome power throughout history right up to this day. Thank you that even Your creation is displaying Your glory and Your power. Above all though we thank you for the transformation from darkness to LIGHT, from sinner to SAINT, from death to LIFE. Anoint us today to be that saint that shines that light so that others may experience that life.
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
2 Corinthians 5