The Power Of God Working For Us And In Us

(Ephesians 1:19)  “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”

There are two different Greek words in this verse translated into our English word “power.” In the first instance, the word dunamis is used. According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it means “inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.” It is potential power – kind of like a Fourth of July fireworks display that hasn’t been lit yet. The power is there and it is capable of doing amazing things. In the second case, we find the word kratos translated “power” in the phrase “mighty power.” Thayer defines this word as “force, strength.” If we look at a few more verses and definitions, we come to find out that this word is not about potential power like dunamis. Rather kratos power is power in action.

This is the third prayer request Paul had for the understanding of these believers in Ephesus (see Ephesians 1:16-18). This request has to do with realization of what the power of God had done on their behalf, and ours, not only in salvation but beyond salvation. It is the power of God continuously working on our behalf towards us and in us. You may be wondering to yourself “Where is this power of God? I don’t see His power working in my situation.” Unfortunately, most of the time we look at what is going on around us and believe that is all there is. We walk by sight and not by faith. Faith looks beyond the situation believing what God says to be true. Faith helps us to say, “No matter what I see right now, I believe God is on my side and working for me, not against me.” So what then is the “greatness of His power to us who believe?” What is it that He did and is doing for us? Just in this one chapter:

  • We were chosen by Him before the foundation of the world
  • We are accepted in Him
  • We are made to be holy and without blame
  • We are predestined to be given adult spiritual rights and privileges
  • We have redemption through His blood
  • We have forgiveness of sins
  • He abounds towards us in all wisdom and prudence
  • He reveals to us His will
  • We have an eternal inheritance in Him
  • We were sealed with the Holy Spirit
  • We have a down payment on our inheritance
  • We have a promise of the completion of our redemption at His coming
  • We are His inheritance


Renewed Thought – Faith helps me know that the power of God is working in my life even when life doesn’t meet my expectations.

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