Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)
Paul had prayed that his readers, which includes us, would have inner strength, have the indwelling Christ, know His incomprehensible love, and be filled the fullness of God. This may all seem impossible. But with God anything is possible [Matthew 19:26]. This makes sense. He did, after all, design and create us.
But these things are only available to believers (Paul is writing to believers) through the “power at work within us”. That power is the Holy Spirit.
At the moment a person believes in Jesus for necessity and completeness of the forgiveness of their sins, God takes up residence in that person in the form of the Holy Spirit – the 3rd member of the Trinity [Acts 2:38]. God is one God. But He has manifested Himself to the human race in three “persons”: the Father, the Son (whose earthly name was Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit provides power to our lives [Acts 1:8, Ephesians 3:16]. It is through this power that Christians are able to live in a way that the rest of the world cannot. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to hold our tongue when we are being ridiculed for their faith. The Holy Spirit gives us power to love those who hate us. The Holy Spirit gives us power to face tragedy with confidence.
As stated, the Holy Spirit is God. That means the power Paul is talking about is the very same power that created the universe and raised Christ from the dead [Psalm 33:6,9; Ephesians 1:20]. That is some pretty incredible power.
It is that very same power that is inside every born-again believer. And it is currently “at work” in their lives. Notice the verb is in the present tense. We do not have to wait until we get to heaven to experience this power. Granted, we will not experience it fully on this earth. But nevertheless, God, through the Holy Spirit, is working in our lives to accomplish His purpose for us which is to fill us with the fullness of God.
Some expect God to, therefore, only provide us with enjoyable experiences as if He were some genie who waves a magic wand over us. That is not how God works. God is interested in building our character. This happens primarily through adversity.
God calls on His children to experience suffering. We all have a hard time with this concept because no one wants to go through difficulty. But it is only through hardship that we can become better people. When we do experience suffering we (God’s children) can know that He is right there with us – in fact He is inside us – and will comfort and guide us through any situation.
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