A devotional thought from Kendell Easley for “The Omni God”
What illustrations of God’s great power have you heard in sermons or imagined? For me, it’s typically a stunning natural phenomenon, such as a roaring waterfall, an approaching storm, or a glimpse into the starry heavens. The New Testament word translated “power” is dunamis. Paul spoke of God’s power in Romans 1:20: “His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power (dunamis) and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made.”
God’s power is seen in creation; it is also seen in how He has gone about saving sinners for Himself. Only four verses earlier, in Romans 1:16, Paul spoke of God’s power this way: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power (dunamis) for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”
Paul later wrote in Ephesians of “the immeasurable greatness of His power (dunamis) to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength”—the very same power involved in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Eph. 1:19-20). So I am retraining myself to think that God’s power (dunamis) is best displayed in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and in His raising us from death to new life.
A popular contemporary Christian song “Mighty to Save,” popularized by the group Hillsong, captures the relationship between God’s power displayed in creation and His power in our salvation. The refrain goes like this: “Savior, He can move the mountains, My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save. Forever, Author of salvation, He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave.” *
Pause and Reflect
• Apart from your own conversion, what is the best example you have of showing God is mighty to save?
• How would you explain to a new believer that the gospel is “God’s power for salvation”?
* Words and music by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding. Copyright 2006 Hillsong Music Publishing (APRA) (admin. in the US and Canada by EMICMGPublishing.com). All rights reserved. Used by permission.