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June 13, 2021                                    
 

“The exceeding Greatness of His power.”

 

Ephesians 1:15-23  Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  (16)  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;  (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.

       

     The apostle Paul’s inspired prayer was for the saints at Ephesus, as well as for all other believers both then and, of course now.  (Ephesians 1:1).    What a perfect example and wonderful encouragement God has given here!  How it strengthens me to be reminded of the infinite greatness of the power of Almighty God working such an incredibly miraculous work in each of us.

     It is the exceeding greatness of God’s power which called us out of the hopeless tomb of sin and death to “come forth,” into the wondrous eternal life in His beloved Son.

 

John 3:16-18  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (17)  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  (18)  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

     It is this exceeding greatness of God’s power which opened our eyes from Satan’s impenetrable darkness to the glorious light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Acts 26:18  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

 

     It is this exceeding greatness of God’s power which overwhelmed our wicked, rebellious, hatred filled heart with His divine embrace of infinite love and eternal forgiveness.

 

Ephesians 3:17-19  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  (18)  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  (19)  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

 

      It is the exceeding greatness of our God’s power which found us helplessly bound in our fallen state of sin and self, mercifully freeing us from sin’s bondage into His precious liberty!

 

John 8:34-36  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  (35)  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.  (36)  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

          It is this exceeding greatness of God’s power which took us, who were miserable, idolatrous Gentiles; We who were without hope, nothing but strangers and foreigners, and made us to be His very own dearly beloved children.

 

1 John 3:1-2  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  (2)  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

     It is this same exceeding greatness of God’s power which He has promised will not only save us and seal us, but it will save us to the uttermost and keep us looking unto JESUS!

   

Hebrews 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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