“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” – Romans1:16
LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s power is seen in salvation.
In the above text, paul makes it clear that the gospel of Christ is God’s power unto salvation. So, the power of God to save is within the gospel of Christ. Thus, God’s power which is seen in what He does (salvation) can best be explained in the gospel of Christ. Now observe the word power as used in the above text, it was translated from the Greek word “dunamis” and it implies inherent power; Power residing in a thing by virtue of his nature. In essence, Paul was saying that the gospel of Christ has its inherent power to save; the power resides within the gospel; the gospel of Christ is powerful by virtue. Thus, God’s saving power is inherent in the gospel of Christ. Observe Paul’s words ”the power of God unto salvation”.
Hence to explain God’s power or see God’s power, look at salvation. That is, the power of God is regulated to a framework called salvation or God’s power is seen within the conduct of salvation. So, God’s power is regulated to a terminal and called salvation, a man cannot know the power of God. God’s power is not seen or displayed in destruction, God’s power is seen in salvation. Where there is destruction, God’s power is not involved, and where God’s power is involved destruction is not involved. God’s power does not destroy. The absence of His power is the presence of destruction and the absence of destruction is the presence of His power. His power cannot save and at the same destroy, that is you cannot find salvation and destruction alongside with His power.
Paul in the book of Ephesians Lets us see that His power (God’s power) when wrought in Christ raised Him from the dead, that is, when that power was wrought in Christ, it wasn’t for destruction rather it raised Him from the dead, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe, according to the workings of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places”(Ephesians 1:19-20).
Therefore, God’s power when in display is not to destroy, rather to save. Thus, in salvation we find the absolute display of God’s power and it was this power that raised Jesus from the dead and thus destruction is not implied when talking about God’s power. God’s power can best be explained in Christ (the saviour) and His power when displayed saves; no wonder the mission statement of Jesus in Matthew 1:21 says “And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins” His power best explained in Christ the saviour is not regulated to destroy, but rather it is regulated to save. Where you see destruction, God is absent, when God is present salvation is what you see not destruction. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Do not think that God is responsible for destruction. See Him in salvation because he does not destroy, rather it is his absent that is destructive. Think!
Prayer: Thank you gracious and loving Father for your power revealed in Christ Jesus which has made salvation available for all. Thank you for saving me by your power and keeping me safe by your power, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: When God is present destruction is absent and when God is absent destruction is present
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1