Finally, my blindfold came off. I read this passage with understanding for the first time yesterday morning. Do you see it, precious people?

The reason I have never understood how God’s power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead applies to me is that I failed to appreciate Jesus’s authority in the world right now.

“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. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1:19-23 NLT

Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection qualified Him to be the supreme authority, ruler and head over everyone and everything that goes on in the world, and He rules over every situation and circumstance for the benefit of His body, the church.

During His life on earth, what mystified the religious leaders most was the source of Jesus’ authority. They refused to accept His testimony that He acted under the authority of the Father. They killed Him for claiming to be the Son of God.

By raising Him from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Father not only vindicated Jesus’s claim, but also gave Him the title, position and function of “Lord” – supreme authority over the universe.

This has huge implications for us. If Jesus has authority over everything that happens in the world, (and that does not mean that He causes bad things to happen but that He works all things for our good), then He is actively involved in every detail of our lives both good and bad.

What is He doing? He is training us for life in His kingdom in eternity. This life is an apprenticeship for the life to come. Everything that happens in our lives is a test of our progress in becoming like Him.  It is also an opportunity to engage the powers of the kingdom to overcome the effects of the fall so that we learn to reign over our old sin nature.

“For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:17 NLT

Since Jesus has the authority to use every circumstance for our good, He has given us the same power that raised Him from the dead to overcome every obstacle to our becoming like Him. His power has many facets, like a diamond, and each situation we face has a facet of that power we are exploring to meet our need.

God’s ultimate design for our lives on this fallen planet is to reproduce Jesus in us so that He can have an eternal family of sons and daughters like His Son.

“God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation. So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” Hebrews 2:10-11 NLT

So, the whole point of this study is to help us recognise and understand each facet of this power God has given us so that we can use this power to overcome what is in us that contradicts the nature of Jesus.

Luella Campbell

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