Meditation on Scripture
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”Romans 6:4c
And God has given us that same power that raised Christ to live our new lives in Christ.
Dearly Beloved—brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus—do you realize that that very same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you? Let it sink in. You have dwelling in you that magnificent resurrecting, restoring, life-giving power. God’s great and mighty power. In you.
Consider that for a moment. Do you believe this is true? Do you live like this is true? Read with me.
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
— EPHESIANS 1:3-23 (emphasis mine)
Wow. Did you catch that?
God wants His Holy Spirit to enlighten us, so that we may know “his incomparably great power for us who believe… the same [power] as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead” (v 19-20).”
We have access to that. If we have that power, why are so many Christians living void of it? What are we doing trying to get by ourselves when there is this overwhelmingly great power from God available? Brothers and sisters, let us take hold of this wonderful spiritual blessing, along with “every other spiritual blessing in Christ” (v 3)! This is not a power that we wield and use, but a power that we yield to and are used of.
And God’s purpose for us in living lives full of his incomparably great power and every other spiritual blessing: that we may be “holy and blameless in his sight” (v 4) and live “to the praise of his glory” (v 6,14). Brothers and sisters, let us live in accordance with God’s will.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”1 Corinthians 15:56-58
For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen