That I May Know Him…

Apostle Paul lays out his cards in Philippians 3:7-15. He reveals his ambition, a desire “to know him and the power of his resurrection.” Resurrection power is a big deal. The power of resurrection is not an external force that raises the dead. It is an internal force that operates within the individual who wields it. Nobody went to the grave to pray for Jesus or to resurrect him. He rose up on his own. In the Old Testament, the dead came back to life, but no one was resurrected before Jesus.

It is important to have a personal understanding of Jesus and the power of his resurrection. Without it, you have a boring religion. A type of “feel-good” godliness that results from adhering to the written code. However, failing to wield the power that should be associated with godliness. The call to imitate Christ is neither a call to bland religion, nor a call to generic spirituality. It is a call to do the works of him that sent Jesus. This call comes with a spiritual grace and empowerment that allows you to do the impossible.

According to John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” We can draw the conclusion that the power of his resurrection is a world changing power. The death and resurrection of Jesus made available to you the ability to save your world. You can become the vehicle through which the grace of God lights up your dark world. There are countless examples of people that have wielded this great power with love and faith. Today is not just about forgiveness of our sins. It is also about power.

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