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“According to the Power” (Part 2) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II

Author admin, Written Aug 4, 2017

According to the Power (Part 2) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II

Ephesians 3:20 (KJV) “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

When the “Word was made flesh” (John 1:14), God was in the world reconciling the world unto Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). When God sent His Only Son into this lost and dying world, He empowered “The Man, Christ Jesus” with that Same Power that “worketh in us!”

Acts 10:38 (KJV)“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Emphasis Mine).

As we discussed last week, the “Power” that Paul is speaking of is the “Resurrection Power of the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:20).

Jesus referred to this “Power,” John 10:18 (KJV) “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (Emphasis Mine). 

John 2:19-22 (KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said” (Emphasis Mine).

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He taught His disciples for another 40 days.  When He was ready to ascend to the right hand of His Father, He gave two commands that included the element of “power…”

Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV)“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Emphasis Mine). 

Acts 1:7-8 (KJV)“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Emphasis Mine).

Jesus did NOT rely upon His Own human strength to accomplish the work His Father sent Him to do.  In fact, He said He could not do it in His Own power.  John 5:30 (KJV)I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (Emphasis Mine).

Paul desired to “know” the “Power of Christ’s Resurrection…”

Philippians 3:10 (KJV) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” (Emphasis Mine).

Paul understood the “secret” of tapping into the “Power of the Resurrection” is the ability to deny himself, take up his personal cross daily, and follow the Lord’s leading.

Galatians 2:20 (KJV)“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” 

We have the “Power of the Resurrection” within us!  I do not fear death; for, I know that Christ will raise me up again, and I’ll live eternally with Him.  However, we do not have to wait until we have physically died before we experience, and/or, “tap” into this “power!”  We must learn how to discontinue our habit of leaning on our own understanding and lean on His!

As we learn to “Walk in the Spirit,” we will discover that the “Power of the Resurrection” will enable us to walk in Christ’s …

  1. Anointing

When Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would empower us, “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you,” He was stating that the anointing He had would be shared with all His brothers and sisters (joint-heirs).  This anointing has the power to break the yoke of sin, sorrow, and suffering.

When Jesus talked, others proclaimed that He spoke unlike anyone they had heard.  The reason was He spoke as One Who had authority.  Of course, we understand that Jesus is, was, and will be the Word of God (John 1:1); nonetheless, the Same Holy Spirit Who anointed Him also anoints us.  His Power is available to us as well, the question is, “Will we avail ourselves of His Power, or continue to move in a spiritually conservative manner?”

1 John 2:27 (KJV) “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (Emphasis Mine).

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A fellow who had been reared in the city bought a farm and several milk cows. In the feed store one day he complained his best cow had gone dry.
“Aren’t you feeding her right?” asked the store owner.
“I’m feeding her what you’ve been selling me,” said the man.
“Are you milking her every day?”
“Just about. If I need six or eight ounces of milk for breakfast, I go out and get it. If I don’t need any, I don’t get it–I just let her save it up.”
The feed store owner had to explain it doesn’t work that way. With cow’s milk, like God’s presence, you take all that’s there, or you eventually have nothing. Asking for God’s power in six-ounce doses, or asking sporadically only at our convenience, may mean that for us, the source dries up.

– Don Aycock, Franklinton, Louisiana,

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Today, many Christians talk about the Power of the Holy Spirit, but they do not evidence it.  The actions of Jesus evidenced that what He did could only be done by God.  It provoked the religious leaders so much that they demanded to know where He got this “authority” or “anointing.”  Jesus did not spend much time explaining His actions, He merely stated that they had no evidence of any wrongdoing against Him and they should have known from the Scriptures exactly what He was doing.

Many pastors and preachers, who are “bothered” by speaking and teaching about the Power of the Holy Spirit will contend that every believer has been empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Consider the following illustration…

I want to share with you a question by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who is certainly not known as a Pentecostal preacher. When he held the great pulpit at Westminster Chapel in London as the great preacher of Reformed theology, near the end of his life–and some say at the very pinnacle of his ministry–he asked his congregation a question. He said, “I want to talk to you today about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You may call it what you want, but I want to know, have you experienced the fullness of the Spirit? I know all of you listening to me come as I do from a Reformed background. But it’s not good enough. I know that all of you would want to say to my question about the Holy Spirit, ‘Well, we got it all at conversion; there’s no need for any more experience.’ Well,” said Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “I have only one other question to ask you. If you got it all at conversion, where in God’s name is it?”

– Robert L. Roxburgh, “The Right Ambition”

As we learn to “Walk in the Spirit,” we will discover that the “Power of the Resurrection” will enable us to walk in Christ’s …

  1. Ambassadorship

Every Christian is empowered by the Holy Spirit to be an effective “Ambassador of the Kingdom!” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV) “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (Emphasis Mine).

Ambassadors do not have the authority (power) to represent their own agenda.  It is not their right to magnify their own names, opinions, or reputations.  As ambassadors for Christ, we have the authority to go where He sends us, to communicate His Message, to defend His Honor, and to endure hardship and persecution rather than compromise His Name.

Jesus promised that everyone who believed in Him would do “greater works” than He…

John 14:12 (KJV) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (Emphasis Mine). 

For the Message of Christ to be effectively spread, it will require ALL the Body of Christ to be involved with the Great Commission.  Consider the following words of Charles Spurgeon…

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A certain band of warlike knights had been exceedingly victorious in all their conflicts. They were men of valor and of indomitable courage and had subdued province after province for their king. But suddenly, they said in the council chamber, “We have at our head a most valiant warrior. Would it not be better if, leaving a few such as he to go out to the fight, the mere men-at-arms, who make up the ordinary ranks, were to rest at home? We should be much more at our ease, our horses would not so often be covered with foam, nor our armor be bruised. Many would enjoy abundant leisure, and great things would be done by the valiant few.”
Now, the foremost champions, with fear and trembling, undertook the task and went to the conflict, and they fought well, as the rolls of fame can testify. But still, from the very hour in which that scheme was planned and carried out, no city was taken, no province was conquered. Then the champion spoke out, saying, “How did you think that a few men could do the work of all the thousands? When you all went to the fight, and every man took his share, we dashed upon the foe like an avalanche and crushed him beneath our feet.”
If we, as Christians, are to subdue the earth, every one of us must join in the fight. We must not exempt a single soldier of the cross, neither man nor woman, rich nor poor, but each must fight for the Lord Jesus according to his or her ability, that his kingdom may come, and that his will may be done in earth even as it is in heaven. We shall see great things when all agree to this and put it in practice.

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Quotable Spurgeon, (Wheaton: Harold Shaw Publishers, Inc, 1990)

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There is more that can be shared concerning “According to the Power,” but this will suffice for us to consider if we are “tapping” into the “power” that is within us or not.  Remember, the working of God in our behalf depends upon our willingness to do so.