Not By Might or Power But By The Spirit of God

The Power of God is Given to His People for Divine Purposes

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"Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men." (Matthew 9:8)

Of immeasurable value is the spiritual blessing of power imparted to new believers at the time of salvation. People dead in sin, having no hope and without God in the world, without any power at all, are instantly changed at the time of salvation to become the people of God, filled with God's Holy Spirit and God's mighty power. This is a power that can never be depleted. It is the same power God used to raise Jesus Christ from death and lift Him to heaven.

"The exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 1:19, 20) The Amplified Bible translates it this way: "The immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead." This power of God is given to His people for divine purposes.

In the New Testament, different Greek words are used for the word 'power.' One of the words is 'dunamis,' from which comes the English word dynamite. This is the power given to the Christian at the time of the new birth. This is the power Jesus gave His disciples to use during His ministry. "And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease." (Matthew 10:1) "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)

At the end of His ministry, before ascending into heaven, Jesus again foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit. He told them "you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8) This was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost and has been available ever since. Peter presented this reality at the end of his great sermon on that day. "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38, 39) This was the power that the apostles and disciples of Jesus utilized in the first century church, performing miracles of healing and deliverance. This is the power Christians have at their fingertips today.

Paul reminded the Corinthians that when he preached the Word of God to them, he wasn't just presenting a new philosophy or a new twist on Judaism. "And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:4, 5) Paul wanted them to know that God was backing up the words with His power, the same power Jesus Christ had demonstrated in His ministry. "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38)

In John 14:12 Jesus said, "He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." This power is given to Christians, not to show off, not to misuse or abuse, not for vain glory or money, but to bring glory to God and deliverance to God's people. This power is available to use in the name of Jesus Christ to minister healing and wholeness to people, "to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, the captives free." (Isaiah 58:6)

It takes time to learn God's Word and to learn how this wonderful power of God is to be utilized properly and with His blessing. But it has never been more important than right now for Christians to become spiritually educated, to bring glory to God, blessings to God's people and to show the world the goodness of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Written by: Pete Miller