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Monday, 24 September 2012

Responding to God’s power (Eph. 3:20-21)

The nine details mentioned yesterday teach us that God’s power is not the same as brute force. His power is logical, persuasive and loving. This is seen clearly in Paul’s statement in Romans 1:16 that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. In the gospel God presents humans with descriptions of events involving Christ and calls for a response. The gospel shows his power by changing human minds, attracting human hearts, and overcoming human wills.

Then consider some evidences of his power. We can see his power in creation as he made a universe out of nothing. We can see his power in history as he overrules the wishes of all human powers. We will see his power in the future formation of the new heavens and new earth.

As we think of God’s power, we should worship him. This is what they do in heaven (Rev. 5:12). And to both Father and Son the whole universe sings: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and power forever and ever!’ (Rev. 5:13). 

But we should also have confidence and comfort. We can have assurance that he will keep us safe throughout life: we ‘by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time’ (1 Pet. 1:5). And we can have assurance regarding our growth in grace: ‘His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence’ (2 Pet. 1:3).

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