God's Saving Power
We all tend to take pride in our abilities. Indeed man has accomplished some remarkable things through the centuries. But where do we get our abilities from? Do they not all come from God? And what do we have in comparison with Him? Think of God’s great power. We see it in creation, for “He hath made the earth by his power” (Jer.10:12); God made everything out of nothing. We see it also in providence, for “He ruleth by his power for ever” (Psa.66:7); God reigns over the affairs of men and nations. Truly He is the Almighty.
The greatest display of God’s power is to be seen in redemption. Think back to the Old Testament and the time of Israel’s captivity in Egypt. When plagues struck the Egyptians in judgment this was “the finger of God” at work (Exod.8:19) but when the Israelites were finally brought out of the house of bondage it was by God’s “hand” (Exod.15:6). In the salvation of the church God actually makes bare His holy “arm” (Isa.52:10). What is involved in this greatest of all His works?
Firstly there is Christ, who is “the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (1Cor.1:24). As the eternal Son of God our Lord Jesus Christ has divine power yet becoming man as the Mediator He was obedient unto death, being “crucified through weakness” (2Cor.13:4). However in this way He satisfied divine justice for His people and made an end of sin, destroying the devil’s power. As a result Christ has “abolished death” for believers (2Tim.1:10). Our Saviour lives “after the power of an endless life” (Heb.7:16) and He has eternal life to give to the guilty and hell-deserving. Our need is to be joined to Christ!
Secondly there is the gospel, which is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Rom.1:16). The gospel is literally the “dynamite” of God: however it is not a destructive power but a constructive one. Through the preaching of God’s word we hear Christ’s voice. We come to know this precious Redeemer who mends broken hearts and rebuilds shattered lives. Jesus repairs the damage done by sin and restores men to God, never to fall again. Salvation is to be had by turning to the God who is rich in mercy. By the gospel our minds are enlightened in the knowledge of the truth and our wills are renewed, so that we freely choose Christ as our Lord and Saviour. He welcomes all. “God is mighty, and despiseth not any” (Job 36:5).
Thirdly there is grace, which is “the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe” (Eph.1:19). This is what makes the gospel powerful. We have no ability at all to save ourselves but by grace we who are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph.2:1) are born again and enabled to repent and believe the gospel. United to the Saviour we enjoy a risen and ascended life, with glory to come! Our affections are set on things above and we look for the return of Christ in power and glory.
Do you know the power of God in the salvation of your soul? Have you passed from death to life spiritually? If you have then you will be worshipping and serving the Lord with gladness. If you have not then remember that this is the one thing that you cannot do without.