My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, and to be like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
(Philippians 3:10-11 NET)
Yesterday we studied what it means to know Jesus – which Paul stated was the goal for his life. In addition, Paul wants to experience “the power of His resurrection”.
The Greek word for power here is δυναμισ [pronounced: doo’-nam-is]. It means “the ability inherent in something’s natural state”. Here Paul is referring to the very power of God.
When a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ he/she has God – in the form of the Holy Spirit – indwelling them [John 14:16-17, 26; Romans 8:11; et. al]. We have God Himself living inside us. All the power of God is available to us for the rest of our lives. This is the exact same power that raised Christ from the dead [Ephesians 1:17, 19].
But just like knowing Christ is a life-long process, so is learning to experience His power. Having this power does not make us miracle-workers or magicians. We don’t automatically have the ability to move mountains or raise people from the dead.
Rather we need this power to overcome the sin that is in us and around us. There is nothing inherently good in any human being. None of us are righteous in the least [Ecclesiastes 7:20; Psalms 14:3; Isaiah 64:6]. Paul wanted to experience the power of Jesus’ resurrection – the very power of God – in his life because that is the only way to overcome sin and live the humble life he has been calling the Philippians to in this letter [Galatians 5:16].
God’s goal for His children is to become more like Jesus. We can’t do that through our own efforts. We must abide in Christ [John 15:5] who will strengthen us and change us to be like Him. Then, and only then, can we display the fruit of the Spirit [Galatians 5:22].
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