While we are thinking of …
September 27th, 2019
Yesterday’s devotional focused in on a power source that may be being overlook by many believers. Today’s is about power as well, but this is a different power, but still one that is associated with trust.
For us to become Christian, we don’t have to go through a special class, we don’t need to kneel at an altar, and there are not a select set of words that we have to use that open the magic box of grace to have it spill out all over us.
That’s not the way it works.
Grace isn’t a payoff for something we do, something we say, or completing a specific task or even a set of them. Grace is extended to us as a result of the love God had for us. Grace came at a cost; a massive cost.
It required the son of God being willing to accept the punishment for the sin of every man, woman and child. Beyond that, He willingly was sacrificed for those sins, and was laid to rest as was the custom of others in that period of time.
Then an amazing event took place. He had allowed the punishment to meet its ultimate end, the death of His physical body. But He wasn’t leaving that act unanswered. He had taught about the resurrection that He offered to all who believed in Him. The opportunity to become the sons and daughters of God the Father through faith in God’s Son.
But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13 (CSB)
The enemy thought he had won; he had vanquished the precious Son of his arch enemy and now he lay dead in His tomb.
That same body that had been beaten and suffered the most excruciating death, on the third day, began to draw air once again and sprung from the tomb that encapsulated Him. He arose to life to demonstrate the pathway to life eternal for you and me.
Jesus dying on that cross broke sins grip on us; His resurrection broke the power of death!
That’s what gave us grace!
But there is power in a word. There is power in the right word, with the right heart behind it.
John said, “to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name”.
Grace has been purchased for us, all of us, any of us. The thing is, we have to believe and receive it. We are saved by Grace through Faith. These are a couple of the most powerful words that exist. There is also power in a name; Jesus.
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:12 (CSB)
Salvation by virtue of one name, only Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, Messiah. The one name by which we are saved and the one who was also was named The Word, because in Him was defined the entirety of God, and the God’s Word. Because…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 (CSB)
The Word is established throughout the scripture as something of power. It is the undeniable truth of God. Not to be trifled with, not to be added to, or subtracted from. By the Word of the Lord…
The heavens were made by the word of the Lord, and all the stars, by the breath of his mouth.
Psalms 33:6 (CSB)
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
Hebrews 11:3 (CSB)
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Hebrews 1:3 (CSB)
You think about it, this puts a period on the phrase, ’above all and through all and in all’.
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:5-6 (CSB)
Power so transformative that He was able to rescue us from death and sin. Power so far reaching that with but a word He can place planets and stars in place. Power so life changing that are transformed from the flawed, failed creatures we are, into the sons and daughters of the one and only God Almighty!
That’s real “Power!”
In His Grace!