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A Closer Look @ The Man In Christ – Part 12

… A Brief Appraisal On Powers FROM GOD & The Power OF God

Dearly Beloved,

Once upon a time, only one kind of power was meant to surface on earth and gradually colonize it, and the price tag for that was for man (Adam) to yield to the demands of God’s righteousness until it became a default in men and men live by power (2Cor. 6:7)! But man’s inability to pay that price gave room for other inferior expressions and exploits of powers FROM God. The coming of our Lord Jesus to unveil the actual power OF God would therefore face a challenge – because men rather settled for the former out of ignorance and/or insincerity than pay the price to seek God’s power.

Adam must have desired a superior power than what he wielded while on earth because embedded in God’s commandments to him was a thirst for such! The righteous judgments that permeated his heart and mind when he was made was that of a living soul, and through it, he wielded some “great” power in God’s sight for a while! But all that was a far cry from God’s power which man was meant to come into by hating every thought or inspiration (Heb. 1:9) that is contrary to that which emanates from God and by tirelessly feeding on God’s classified thoughts for man (Deu. 8:3/Matt. 4:4) until his only object of love became the invincible God!

Generations came and went, but none could climb and touch the level of height of judgments that was once found in Adam. Through the law and the prophets (Rom. 3:21), God later raised and witnessed to the coming of His righteousness, and the substances of that righteousness would be one that every man would secure while learning of the faith that would be revealed in and through Christ; a faith that would cause men to live in the sight of God with Power (Hab. 2:4/Rom. 3:21-22).

So we can deduce the Faith at work in a believer through answers to questions made available only in the New Testament. For example, does it promise to bring a believer to God and reward him or her with God (and not just things) like we saw in Jesus (among others) for the first time? Can it cause a believer to sight and inherit things kept out of the right of glorious angels? So if the substances of that righteousness are of the same fabric as that of the patriarchs and prophets, then it’s not the Faith of the New Testament and it can only please the soul of the Father in a measure – not satisfactorily (Matt. 12:18/17:5/Eph. 1:9/Col. 1:10a/Heb. 10:36). Why? Because anything that doesn’t employ the working of His power (Phil. 2:13/Eph. 1:19) can’t fashion out Christ in that soul (Col. 1:29) – and what pleases the Father is Christ!

The gospel belongs to Christ because Christ owns the power that saves; that separates man from what makes him CARNALLY NATURAL to what would make him DIVINELY NATURAL  – i.e. a man with God’s image. The consecration upon Christ causes every soul that comes in contact with him while journeying unto a state and abode called salvation (God), to be kept and given immunity against sin (i.e. against the power of darkness – Acts 26:18). So we can confidently deduce that the power of God is actually at work when a believer is on course with the Faith that Jesus authored and finished! The question now is, “what measure of that power is at work and how can the fullness of that power be apprehended in the days of our flesh”?

THERE IS A POWER; THAT BRING BLESSINGS UPON BOTH THE RIGHTEOUS AND UNRIGHTEOUS (MATT. 5:45/HEB. 6:7), THAT CATERS FOR WHAT MEN AFTER THE FALL CALL “NEEDS, THAT RAISED LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD, THAT BRINGS ABOUT HEALING AND MATERIAL PROVISIONS E.T.C, BUT THAT POWER IS LIMITED IN OPERATION BECAUSE IT CAN’T EMPOWER A BELIEVER TO DISOBEY DISOBEDIENCE (SIN), OVERCOME DEATH AND SIT ON THE THRONE OF GOD! NO OTHER POWER BUT THE POWER OF GOD CAN CARRY OUT THE GREAT FEAT WE SAW IN THE LIVES OF THE APOSTLES MEN OF LIKE PASSION LIKE US! THAT POWER SUSTAINED PAUL’S FLESH (BODY) WHEN HE WAS BITTEN BY A VENOMOUS SNAKE ON THE ISLAND OF MELITA, KEPT HIM IN THE DEEP (SEA) A DAY AND A NIGHT AND SUSTAINED HIM WHILE MINISTERING THE FAITH (LIFE) OF CHRIST BEYOND WORDS (ACT 28:4-6).

  • 1Pet. 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

The peculiarity of this power of God is that it keeps the soul while it is being feasted in the very presence of the enemy (Ps. 23:3-5) against corruption, and does so until it is made higher and invincible to it 2Pet. 1:4/1Jn. /Heb. 7:26); until it is made to sit on the throne! This power kept Paul during the perils of his journeys and perils of false brethren (2Cor. 11:23-27), and through the buffetings of Satan, through recurrent seasons of weariness, imprisonments, lack, dishonor, and of afflictions – He (like other apostles) was kept and their hearts were enlarged to comprehend God; to comprehend Love.

This same power kept the apostles and some saints in the early church because they remained in obedience by keeping the commandments of God (Jude 1:21/1Jn. 2:5/3:22/5:3/Rev. 12:17/14:12), and in turn were kept by that power – beyond the reach of the enemy. More importantly, it committed God to gradually and ultimately dwell in them (1Jn. 3:24). This power promises to keep us through our light afflictions (2Cor. 4:17) and from the idols and filthiness of this world (1Jn. 5:21/Num. 6:23-24).

  • 1Jn. 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not {i.e. through the use of Faith and Love New Testament commandments, he has been separated from the reach of the devil; from the reach of sin and death (1Cor. 15:55); like the man child company where (Rev. 12:5)}
  • Rev. 2:26 And he that overcometh (i.e. overcomes the world by Christ’s Faith -1Jn. 5:4), and keepeth my works (i.e. faith and love walk/commandment) unto the end (i.e. unto God – 1Tim. 1:5/1Jn. 2:5/4:12), to him will I give power over the nations (i.e. the scepter/rod of righteousness – Heb. 1:8-9/Rev. 2:27/12:5)

Anything that is sustained by powers FROM God has one characteristic and fate – it can’t really please the Father as he desires and it would perish or pass away with time (Heb. 1:10-11), but anyone that is sustained by the power OF God has one destiny – s/he would outlive time and witness concerning Christ and God (salvation) in the days of their flesh. Which do we seek?

Blessings!

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