The apostle Paul wrote the letter of Philippians from prison. Joy is a keynote and often considered the main point of the letter. Not so noticed in the letter is how he emphasizes the power of God.
Paul begins the letter by expressing his confidence “that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” Phil 1.6. We usually talk about what we must do to be saved. That talk is important and necessary. It must not, however, overshadow that the work of salvation is God’s. Continue reading “God’s power in Philippians: What God starts, he finishes”
We count only on those resources that we are able to see and handle. The tendency is human, and universal, over millennia, to fail to depend on the power of God. Continue reading “How? The easiest question to answer”
“for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” Php 2.13 ESV.
In some circles of Christians, Philippians 2.12 is a favorite. It is a good and wonderful Bible verse needed to show others the importance of dedicated effort toward salvation. “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” …
Sometimes, however, a period is added after verse 12 and verse 13 is forgotten. The tendency which separates the two verses comes from an emphasis on human effort divorced from the empowerment that God provides. But the two verses are one sentence. Continue reading “The big ‘for’ of God’s empowerment”
Deliver to the Lord your works and plans,
And find success when all is in his hands.
No deed will turn out well he doesn’t bless,
But faith unleashes power — from God, no less.
Believers in the Spirit accomplish more
Than any can imagine, his riches pour
Upon the faithful for the kingdom’s use;
The least of Christ can never give excuse
Of lack or little — all is ours, and we
Are God’s possession, and he with his is free.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. —Eph 3.20-21 NLT
Now to the one who is able to keep us from falling, and to cause us to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before his glorious presence, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.
Give glory to God that his word produces faith, if not in all, in many who will believe and become faithful followers of Christ! Praise to him who uses men and women to speak his word, who are encouraged to see the Lord work powerfully through the Good News!
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
Inspired by Psalm 105
We seek you, God, your strength and might,
We seek your presence day by day;
Let nations praise your works of light,
In all your righteous ways delight —
From heavenly paths we will not stray. Continue reading “UPLift: We Seek You, God”
The apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians highlights the power of God, not only as a potential power but the actual “exercise of his power” 3.7. His is a “power that is working” 3.20.
His power has parameters, in Christ, and works for the good and for the strength of those in him. Continue reading “God offers unlimited power, within parameters”
What distinguishes the people who belong to the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Is it not this, which was true also when he was known as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Continue reading “What distinguishes the people of God from all others”