Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Eph. 1:15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
I was tempted to start chapter 2 today but there was too much in that last section of chapter 1. It's too easy to read and not realize what we are reading especially when it's written in terms we don't use every day. Let me express what Paul is saying as simply as I can. He is praying that the followers of Jesus in Ephesus will come to the realization that everything Jesus is and has is available to them.
Jesus did not return to heaven and forget about us. Neither did He intend for His church to go back to business as usual. The humiliating truth is that we are stunted. We are satisfied with being forgiven and often struggle with even believing that.
If I were to use a car illustration we are outfitted in Christ to not only compete in but win any race we enter yet we fear to get in the drivers seat. Will it turn on? Is it really in working condition? Does it have any power? Church has become like a drivers meeting where we discuss the cars and the race and then go home again while the race car collects more dust.
We have been told that before Jesus returns His church will rise up and do greater things than were done at and after Pentecost. Do we realize this? Do we believe it?
When Jesus gave the disciples their mandate in Matthew 28 to take the good news to the world He told them "All power/authority has been given Me in heaven and in earth..." That's a lot of authority...
Authority over disease? Check
Over the weather? Check
Over our sin sick souls? Check
Anything you can imagine is under His authority. The obvious question then becomes how come He isn't using it?
"Behold I stand at the door and knock..."
Men are like satan. When we have authority we force it over others. Not Jesus. He offers. He invites. He never ever forces.
Paul was praying that we would "see" the reality. Heaven is waiting to pour His power out through us. He awaits our belief and cooperation. It staggers my mind and humbles me to the ground.
"I believe, help my unbelief..."

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