God’s Power

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of the earth to the farthest part of heaven (Mark 13:26, 27).”’

There’s much in the Bible about the power of God; indeed the significance of God’s power is mentioned in 49 of its 66 books. In the book of Exodus we see a demonstration of God’s great power when He brought upon Pharaoh and his tyrannical regime the ten plagues (Exodus 7:14-12:36). In fact, one of the reasons why God acted as He did was for His name to be ‘declared in the all the earth (9:16).’

After the Israelites had been saved from the clutches of Pharaoh, and they were safely on the other side of the Red Sea, they feared and believed the LORD (14:31). Together with Moses (15:1) they acknowledged His ‘glorious’ power and sang: “Your *right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces (V.6).”’

Paul the Apostle on God’s Power

Paul wrote, ‘For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20).’

Paul elsewhere spoke of the power of God in His work of salvation through His Son:

Romans 1:16 ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.’

1 Corinthians 1:18 ‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’

2 Corinthians 13:4 ‘For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we are also weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.’

 The Relevance of God’s Power Today

God’s power is particularly relevant today, as the Day of the Lord approaches (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6), and the time of judgment draws ever nearer (Revelation 20:11, 12). ‘The power of God to salvation (Romans 1:16) as evidenced by Christian **persecution and martyrdom is there for all to see. In these unsettled and fractious times, more and more believers are living out their faith, and by the power of God’s Spirit in them they boldly testify to the saving grace of our Lord.

They tell of God’s mighty power, and demonstrate His power through their transformed lives (2 Corinthians 5:17). They are living testimonies to Paul’s words, ‘and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at ***His right hand in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:19, 20).’

God’s power is at work in them, and they testify with the writer of Hebrews:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the division of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intent of the heart (4:12).’

The Challenge

Dear reader, do you know of this power? Have you been transformed by it? If your have, you will live with God forever (John 6:51).

In your weakness you’ll receive His power of life (2 Corinthians 13:4), and you will have life through His Son; for Jesus said, ‘“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).”’

Kind David said of himself: “God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect (2 Samuel 22:33).”

Is this true of you?

*Does God Really Have a Right Hand?

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2019/01/28/does-god-really-have-a-right-hand/ 

**The Persecution of Christians

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2019/03/09/the-persecution-of-christians/ 

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/09/06/persecution-of-christians/ 

***At the Right Hand of God

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2019/06/10/at-the-right-hand-of-god/ 

Other Texts Referring to God’s Power

Exodus 9:16 ‘“But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”’

Exodus 15:6 ‘“Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces.”’

Deuteronomy 8:18 ‘“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”’

2 Samuel 22:33 ‘God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.’

Matthew 9:6 ‘“But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”’

Matthew 10:1 ‘And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.’

Matthew 22:29 ‘Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.”’

Matthew 26:64 ‘Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”’

John 10:17 ‘“No one takes it from Me, because I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. This command I have received from My Father.”’

John 19:10, 11 ‘Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”’

Acts 1:8 ’But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

1 Corinthians 1:18 ‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’

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