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March 6 - 11, 2011 Gospel Meeting At Jackson Drive.
Speaker: Jerry Curry
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May 15, 2011
The word “might”can have multiple meanings. As a modal verb, it is the past tense of “may.” Used in this way the word can express possibility, a purpose, or even an annoyance—as in, “You might have told me!” Psychologically, the strongest way to use the word “might” is as a noun. This use is strong because that is exactly the meaning behind it: “great and impressive power or strength” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
Man supposes that he understands might; the phrases “might makes right” and “with might and main” come to mind as examples of this understanding. This carnal understanding also passes up through nations of men. How ironic that men who name themselves dictator or “President-for-Life” assume such economic and military “might” that last only until someone or another political group comes along that has more “might” than they do. In short, man’s worldly concept of might is very limited. However, there is a might that is real might. It is so mighty that it has overcome the worldly concept of might. It is so mighty that it can never be surpassed.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:18-23).
Do we hear what the Spirit says? Paul writes describing the “might” of God—the things purposed in Christ. The God we worship and the God whose word we follow is a mighty God. He is worthy to be followed.
Many things are said in other places in the Bible to show the mighty power of God. The Psalms are filled with references and allusions to His might (Psalm 90:1-12; 139:1-12). Notice what Peter says about His might, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2Peter 3:1-10). God’s might certainly overcomes any physical might.
Notice from our Ephesians text, that in Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, he prayed that they might have wisdom and knowledge and ability to see and know the exceeding greatness of the mighty power of God. Paul then continues on to show some things this mighty power of God has done.
God showed his mighty power by raising Christ from the dead(Ephesians 1:20). Others had been raised from the dead before, but none quite like this. The gates of hell had been set against his resurrection (Matthew 16:18). Even the Roman Empire gave all assistance asked of it to prevent it (Matthew 27:65,66). This was the great victory of life over death in that Christ arose to die never more (1Corinthians 15:20). This was the first fruits. Our resurrection will be the later fruits (1Corinthians 15:55-57). Surely, anything this God has required ought to be observed if for no reason other than his great power.
God showed his mighty power by setting Christ on his own right hand in heaven(Ephesians 1:20). Had Christ remained on earth after his resurrection, he no doubt would have done great things, but the mighty power of God took him to heaven for a greater role.
God showed his mighty power by setting Christ on his own right hand(Ephesians 1:22). This was to say that Christ’s power is God’s. God put all things under his feet (Ephesians 1:22). God put him in charge—made him to be head over the church (Ephesians 1:22). Since Christ had already been made ruler and head over the church, this means that this had been done at the time Paul wrote this epistle (the kingdom had come) (Colossians 1:13).
This ought to tell us that we ought not to pray for the kingdom to come. Some teach that the kingdom came in the garden of Eden. But how could the kingdom come without a king? Some teach that the kingdom came during the time of John the Baptist. But how could that be, for John died before the king took his place? (Ephesians 1:22,23). Some say that since Christ bought the church with his blood (Acts 20:28) that the kingdom must have begun at the cross. But, if Christ was to be the head of the church, He had to be alive to be head. Some teach that the kingdom will not be in existence until Christ returns and sets foot upon this earth and sits upon an earthly throne. Again, not so! First, the Scripture never speaks of Christ setting foot on the physical earth again (He will be met in the air!) and then we see that He is already on His throne!
He could not reign until He was seated on His throne. When Christ did take his seat, He sent down the Holy Spirit which was the indicator of the beginning of the kingdom. “And Jesus was saying to them, ‘Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.’” (Mark 9:1). “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4). All of this has taken place through the mighty power of God.
Paul prayed that the Ephesians might have the eyes of their understanding opened that they might see all of this! If it is that important, then surely we ought to see it, too. What does the mighty power of God mean to you?
— S. Scott Richardson Sr.