Vacation Bible School
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
In the resurrection of Christ, as in our salvation, there was put forth nothing short of a divine power. The power that works faith, a power that is almighty, is to be described, so that Christians may rely upon it also when assailed by doubts. This passage is intended to punctuate the all-extensive power of Christ at the right hand of the Father.
What shall we say of those who think that conversion is brought about by the free will of man and is due to his own betterness? When the dead rise from the grave by their own power, then we can expect to see ungodly sinners of their own free will turning to Christ. It is not the message alone – preached or read – all quickening power is from the Holy Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of God.
All the soldiers and the high priests could not keep the body of Christ in the tomb. Death itself could not hold Jesus. This is the same power that still now has authority over all things, the same power that is our hope, and the same power that is worked in us and lives in us by faith.
No sin, no corruption, no devils in hell nor sinners upon earth can stop the hand of God’s grace. There is great glory to God in the conversion of every sinner. It is everlasting power. The power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated him now at the right hand of God is the power that has brought us to faith, and it is the power that enables us to do things that by nature we have no ability and no desire to do. So we, being raised from the dead, do not go back to our dead works nor to our old corruptions, but we live unto God. The same power which raised the Head works life in the members. What a blessing to be alive with new life together with Christ!
Dear God, you have made me alive and given me hope. I know your power. Help me to be confident in your power now and forever. Amen.
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