TRUTH: The Power of the Church II


Whether political, electrical, or physical, most of us understand power to mean the ability, capacity or authority to do something. The Greek word for power is dynamis (dü’-nä-mēs) which means strength power, ability. We know that we need power to do any kind of work. With all the storms that hit Puerto Rico, we continue to hear that most of the island is without power. In that sense, we are talking about electrical power for generators, lights, refrigerators, etc. The power of the storm is exemplified in the destruction that it left in its path. If we consider another world crisis, the threat of nuclear destruction between North Korea and the United States of America, that is another form of power at the atomic level.

In Ephesians 3, it is used in verses 7 and 20 of the divine power considered as acting upon the minds of men. I would also add acting on the hearts of men. \

 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.  (NASB)

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. (NIV)

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (NASB)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV)

I don’t have a lot of time this morning, but I wanted to get this out. In the spiritual context, we need to know, understand and TRUTH: The Power of the Church. Make no mistake about it, the power of the church is the Holy Spirit. We clearly see that in the verses above. We also see that great power in Ephesians 1:19–232:56

Remember that I asked you to meditate on the thought that it is the Holy Spirit of God that powers us to accomplish the work of God. I also asked you to remember the phrase – work of God. According to dictionary.com, work is defined as exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil. Generally, we all would agree with that definition; however, spiritual matters are not general tasks. Spiritual matters are ordained by God designed to bring glory to Himself. As such, we need to be clear on why we need to know the TRUTH: The Power of the Church.

Biblically, how do we define work. The Greek word for work is ergon. Strong’s Concordance of Greek words defines ergon or work as:

  1. business, employment, that which any one is occupied

    1. that which one undertakes to do, enterprise, undertaking

  2. any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind

  3. an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasised in opp. to that which is less than work

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words tells us the following about ergon or work. (note – the links below will not open in a new window and will lead you away from this page).

Work (Noun and Verb), Wrought:

denotes

(I) “work, employment, task,” e.g., Mar 13:34Jhn 4:3417:4Act 13:2Phl 2:301Th 5:13; in Act 5:38 with the idea of enterprise;

(II) “a deed, act,”

(a) of God, e.g., Jhn 6:28299:310:3714:10Act 13:41Rom 14:20Hbr 1:102:73:94:3410Rev 15:3;

(b) of Christ, e.g., Mat 11:2; especially in John 5:367:32110:2532333814:111215:24Rev 2:26;

(c) of believers, e.g., Mat 5:16Mar 14:6Act 9:36Rom 13:3Col 1:101Th 1:3, “work of faith,” here the initial act of faith at conversion (turning to God, 1Th 1:9); in 2Th 1:11, “every work of faith,” RV, denotes every activity undertaken for Christ’s sake; 2:17; 1Ti 2:105:182Ti 2:213:17Tts 2:7143:1814Hbr 10:2413:21; frequent in James, as the effect of faith [in Jam 1:25, AV, “(a doer) of the work,” RV, “(a doer) that worketh”]; 1Pe 2:12Rev 2:2 and in several other places in chs. 2 and 3Rev 14:13;

(d) of unbelievers, e.g., Mat 23:35Jhn 7:7Act 7:41 (for idols); Rom 13:12Eph 5:11Col 1:21Tts 1:16 (1st part); 1Jo 3:12Jud 1:15, RV; Rev 2:6, RV; of those who seek justification by works, e.g., Rom 9:32Gal 3:10Eph 2:9; described as the works of the law, e.g., Gal 2:163:25; dead works, Hbr 6:19:14;

(e) of Babylon, Rev 18:6;

(f) of the Devil, Jhn 8:411Jo 3:8.
See DEED.

Clearly, there is biblical work. In response to the question of “What must we do to do the works God requires?”, Jesus said, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29 Furthermore, in John 17:4, Jesus said, “ I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” Undoubtedly, work involves tasks, but the greater emphasis here is on our belief in Christ. It is our belief in Christ that makes us a part of God’s family, that enables us to be indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  Micah 3:8 says, “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord

It is the power of the Holy Spirit that is the emphasis in the verses we were looking at in Ephesians 7 and 20. We know from Acts 1:8 that it is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to do the work, which is primarily to believe in Jesus, God requires. It is the same work stressed by Paul when he said, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) Again, we see the TRUTH: The Power of the Church. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to participate in God’s eternal purpose which is “… that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,” (Ephesians 3:10).

I want to know, and I want you to know the TRUTH: The Power of the Church. Without the Spirit of God, we cannot know God nor do the work of God, for He is The Power of the Church. If I find myself struggling, being frustrated, failing and failing, it is because I have attempted to live life on my own without The Power of the Church. When I see that, I confess that sin. Surrender control to the Holy Spirit and am empowered to resume my work, believing in Jesus, to accomplish tasks prepared in advanced for me.

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