In Colossians 1:11 Paul prays for us to be “strengthened with all power, according to His [infinite] glorious might.” In Philippians 4 Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” In my second favorite book, The Desire of Ages, is the following passage. “All who consecrate soul, body, and spirit to God will be constantly receiving a new endowment of physical and mental power. The inexhaustible supplies of heaven are at their command. Christ gives them the breath of His own spirit, the life of His own life. The Holy Spirit puts forth its highest energies to work in heart and mind. The grace of God enlarges and multiplies their faculties, and every perfection of the divine nature comes to their assistance in the work of saving souls. Through co-operation with Christ they are complete in Him, and in their human weakness they are enabled to do the deeds of Omnipotence.”*
I wish I could tell you I know what this means. Yes, I know the definitions of the words, but I am overwhelmed by the incredible scope of the promises. “I can do all things.” “constantly receiving a new endowment,” “God enlarges and multiplies,” “enabled to do the deeds of Omnipotence.” I am stunned by the extravagance of the language. I want it to be true for you and me. What are “deeds of Omnipotence?” What is realistic for us to expect? I want to say we are only human but Peter says, “We can participate in the divine nature.” He means now. II Peter 1:4
I feel like a baby just learning to see the vastness of God’s Kingdom. There is so much to have and we have only just begun.
Written by Roger Bothwell on April 6, 2015
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