“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 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 1:19-20 NLT)
I have to switch over to the first chapter of Ephesians here because the whole reality of power is blowing my mind. I want to take a deeper look at what this power is, and the implications of having this power within us.
Greek understanding of these two verses:
And what is the exceeding greatness of the inherent power of God by the operation of the power that is put forth in action, of the power as an inherent ability, for us who believe the truth of Him.
Which power was operative in the Christ, having raised him from the dead (this power) having seated Him at the right hand of God in the heavenlies
Paul is not praying that the power be given to the people because the reality is that they already have this power in them. He is praying that they would be given a divine awareness of this power that naturally exists within them. FB Meyer writes, “It is power. It is his power. It is great power: nothing less would suffice. It is exceeding great power, beyond the furthest cast of thought (such is the literal rendering of the word, employed here). It is equivalent to ‘the energy of the strength of his might, which He energized in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at his own right hand in the heavenlies.’”
Τῷ – (the word tranlated at the beginning of vs 20) is the most overlooked part of this passage. This word refers to the resurrection and ascension power—the divine energy that lifted Christ from the grave to the earth, and from the earth to heaven—is the power that will lift us to glory. This power will not only lift us to glory, but is within us today. I have to go back to where I started a few weeks ago with Eph 3:16. It makes more sense to me now after looking at this verse. The prayer in Eph 3:16 is that God would empower us, make us strong with supernatural power, based on his own glory, AND that all of this would happen through His Spirit. Imagine this Supernatural Power entering into the inmost part of yourself, the “control room” so to speak. The prayer is that the Spirit would invade our inmost being, and that we would be aware of this power operating in us throughout the day.
You and I are empowered!!!! Thanks be to God!