FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016
Key Bible Verse: I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. (Ephesians 1:19)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 1:15-23
Where do we find the power to overcome anger, resist greed, offer forgiveness, or pursue sexual purity? The answer, according to one of the apostle Paul’s prayers, is found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In Ephesians 1:18-20, the apostle Paul’s prayer reveals that growing in the knowledge of God means growing in the knowledge of God’s mighty power. This power is one of three aspects of the mighty salvation God won for believers in Christ:
- The hope to which God has called them,
- The rich inheritance that he possesses in them, and
- The mighty power by which he energizes them.
God exercised this power in two ways. First, he raised Christ from the dead (v. 20). Second, he exalted him at his right hand (v. 20) to be head over everything for the church (vv. 21-23). The power of God we experience in our lives is the same power by which God raised Jesus Christ from death. The power [Paul] prays we will know is literally “in accordance with the working of the strength of his might which He brought about in Christ, when he raised him from the dead” (vv.19-20, NASB). As believers in Jesus Christ, we have resurrection power!
– Steven Mathewson in Risen
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