Eph. 1:19-21 – and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Several years ago there was an outpouring amongst the young adults in our church that spilled over into the entire congregation. There was a song by Kelanie Glockler that was a huge part of that time of renewal called “Resurrection Power”. The words to that short song went like this:
“Hallelujah, I am free
Sin and death have no hold on me
We’ve got resurrection power Flowing on the inside!’
It was a short little song that we must have sung hundreds of times. It seemed to carry Resurrection power in the song itself. This resurrection power that flows from the Lord is the very essence of our Christian faith. Christianity is not a dogma that we follow but supernatural life that has invaded our hearts. Today’s verse describes that power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead has made us alive. We were dead in our sins but we have come alive by resurrection power to live new lives. Here are some thoughts from Bishop Ellicott on today’s passage.
“Paul adds that this power of God is not latent; it actually works according to, that is up to the full measure of the might of the strength of God- of that strength which is part of His nature. The whole phrase forms a glorious climax, in which the Apostle accumulates words ever stronger and stronger to approach to the description of the omnipotence of the Spirit. It is a force of exceeding greatness, it is an ever energetic force; its only measure is the immeasurable might of the divine nature.”
It was the unlimited power of God that raised Jesus from the dead. It was death that resulted from man’s sin that held us in its power. Only a greater power, the power of God seen in the Resurrection of the man Jesus of Nazareth, could hope to free us from sin and death. That is exactly what happened, when the Spirit of the Lord enters your heart, Resurrection power overcomes the power of death.