Eph. 1:18,19 – having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.
We are resurrected together with Christ. This is not just a theological truth but a reality that effects every part of our life. We are not only crucified with Christ, we are raised from the dead with Christ. That resurrection power is working in us since the first day we accepted Christ. He started the work, the work continues everyday, and He will bring the work to completion. This is what Paul had in mind when he said that “it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me”. That is the resurrection life that we live in today. Here are some thoughts from Albert Barnes on today’s verse.
“The “power” referred to here, as exercised towards believers, does not refer to one thing merely. It is the whole series of the acts of power towards Christians which results from the work of the Redeemer. There was power exerted in their conversion. There would be power exerted in keeping them. There would be power in raising them up from the dead, and exalting them with Christ to heaven. The religion which they professed was a religion of power. In all the forms and stages of it, the power of God was manifested towards them, and would be until they reached their final inheritance.”
This power effects our testimony, we are no longer living lives overcome by sinful habits. This resurrection power effects our health, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us and makes our mortal bodies healthy. This resurrection power effects our ministry to hurting people, it is the power of the resurrection, the power of the Spirit, that lives in us and testifies of Jesus through the power of signs and wonders. Our world is desperately in need of the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus. For far too long our generation has been offered powerless substitutes. So Lord, open our eyes that we can see this great power that is living in us because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.