Rely on the Power of God


1John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through (1223. dia¿ dia; a prim. prep.; through, on account of, because of:) Him.

How do we live through, because of, on account of Christ? By imitating him. In what way do we imitate Christ?

We imitate Christ as 2 Corinthians 13:4 says:

2Cor. 13:4 For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.

There is a lot in the New Testament and the letters and in acts that talks about Jesus being crucified. They make a very important case for its being a basis for faith and for our being able to be free from sin, sickness and death.

So, it says, “For indeed he was crucified…” Indeed, no doubt about it that he was crucified, “because of weakness.” What was the weakness? Well briefly, the weakness is sin in that he took on our sins. However, while that is prominent and most important there is something else we must understand about weakness.

We became weak, not because of sin in itself, but we became weak because of accepting the authority, whether we were deceived or otherwise, but accepting Satan as our authority on Earth. We know this from the beginning that when Adam and Eve chose to eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, they transferred their allegiance to the Satan and elected, if you will, or chose Satan as the god and ruler on Earth. Remember, Satan is not a human being is not an air breather, the way we are.

I need to expand somewhat on the topic of our creation. We are a special creation, because God made mankind in His image. God made nothing else in creation in His image. Furthermore, He breathed into Adam the breath of life, something He did for no one else. Nothing else in the world even all animals that breathe, did He breathe into them the breath of life. Even the plants respirate, breathe in their own way, that is, give off oxygen from carbon dioxide, and they are, breathers and are alive.

Furthermore, God formed Adam from the clay of the earth. Remember the creation was complete; therefore, God made Adam from what He already created, the soil or clay. God breathed into Adam the breath of life; God made Adam in His image. God begot Jesus from what He already created, the soil through his ancestors in Mary and from a sperm that God put into her by the Spirit and His Word. The Bible does not share with us where this sperm came from, but we know it had to come from a source that was previously untainted by sin be-cause Jesus’ blood had to be pure. We also know that the sperm had to have been in existence since the creation because the creation was completed in the six days.

We are made in the image of God in several ways: foremost, we have been given a brain that has been created to learn and use language; we use language in a similar way to God, in that our breath vibrates our vocal chords in order to make sounds with meaning; we probably also have physical shape similar to God because we have senses, can walk, and manipulate things. While this description is far to brief, it reminds us of how we are made in the image of God. We should also understand that God created our being for righteousness, doing right by God’s command, and when we fail to do right, we suffer the consequences: sin, sickness and death. Remember, doing right keeps us alive, and we are made righteous through and because of Jesus.

We are the special creation, but we became weak when we chose to follow Satan’s authority. We had that choice just as Adam and Eve had that choice from the very beginning. Like them we were deceived. Satan has set up his kingdom on earth over the years, and little by little, convinced people to follow his way rather than the ways of Our Father in Heaven, and we were that way at one time. We did the things that Satan deceptively advocated.

The Bible says Satan likes to make itself appear like a being of light, like a little baby in a crib. It wanted to appear as a thing of sweetness and loveliness, on the outside but inwardly it remained like a fire breathing dragon, not an air breathing creation. The great dragon established the worldly holidays and holy days that many find so attractive. But whatever, the world believes and the world does that is not of God is weakness. And people don't know that they are weak, but they think they are strong because they are standing up for things that they believe, those things that they have been deceived into believing. That given a choice would they do what Adam and Eve did and choose wrongly — of course, they would. We did, our parents did, our grandparents did, going all the away back to the beginning.

Each person individually makes a choice to choose to go the way of Satan. That is weakness! The verse says, “He was crucified because of weakness.” And that weakness results in sin every time.

Milton puts it very nicely. Lucifer asks the archangel, Michael, how its chances are of using the demonic army to invade heaven, and Michael holds up a balance scale in his hand and points to one end of the balance scale that shows no weight at all. All the weight is on God side including God’s angels on, say the right side and Satan is on the left side. Satan had become incredibly weak, because evil was found in him.

Milton had a firm grasp of power and good, authority and righteousness versus weakness and evil and wrongdoing verses goodness and virtue. True power lies in emulating the basic nature of God, love. Opposite, the basic nature of Satan is hate, hurting, and horrifying vulnerability. The fallacious power of the demon lies in deception, deceit and divisiveness. These tools of weakness, nonetheless, have convinced Earthlings that the demon was god and ruler. Unfortunately for Jesus, but fortunately for us, he had to experience not only the palatable foulness of sin but also learn of the very helplessness of those en-snared by its lusts.

He was crucified because of weakness because people were unable or unwilling to choose rightly. Unlike the rest of mankind, Adam and Eve knew God. They knew about the creation: they were right there. Indeed, Adam woke immediately after God breathed into him the breath of life; he was right there in the beginning and still chose to do wrong. Something had to be done about it, obviously. We know that. He was crucified because weakness, the weakness derived from assuming our sins, and yet he lives.

How does he live, why does he live, how does he live after this weakness? We know this weakness killed him, just as the weakness killed us until we died in baptism and were raised up to life eternal life.

However, Jesus lives because of the power of God. Then he goes on to say something that seems to be almost contrary to what we would like to think about, “For we also are weak in him.”

So all the residuals from our originally learned language, respecting language because everything is language: speaking languages, musical language, math language, body language, and all the other language, contribute to our still speaking the language of weakness.

Now we know in linguistics that the higher language controls the lower language of the body and the mind or the brain. Therefore, the more complicated and godly language, as they develop in us by learning and use, controls us.

When we have been baptized and raised out of the water to be-gin a new life, we can understand God language much better, and we can communicate with God because of the Spirit.

Yet, we are still weak in him. Then he goes on to say, we will live with him because of the power of God directed toward you. How important is it to realize the great importance of that statement. We will live with him because of the power of God, not our power; our power brought us to the point where we be-came weak, so weak that we died. Jesus took on that weakness. But we live because of God's power. The more we think we can do it, the less we will have success. The more we rely on God, this is not to say, let God do it and sit back and do nothing; re-member we walk, not wait, by faith.

However, we must understand that it is not our strength that does it; it is God's power, which is very crucial and important to understand. His power is directed toward us. That is what Paul is writing to the Corinthians.

2Cor. 13:4 For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.

The word power comes from a Greek word that gives us such words as dynamo. However, power also has another important meaning, which is so crucial to our understanding. Where does a person receive power? Why does the higher language have power over lower languages in our minds? Yes, it is the breath, but it is something else, as well. When a higher language has power over the lower language, we say it controls it and has authority over it, indeed over the rest of the mind.

Remember, dynamo also has the sense of authority and control. When we say the power of God, it means God has authority over everything. He has the power over everything. We use the word power that way. A person has the power over this or over that. The president has the power over the executive branch and all the things of the Constitution gives him to do. The Congress has the power, the authority to enact laws. The Supreme Court has the power to judge laws, authority.

So power and authority are very closely united, basically the same sense of the word. What is the authority (power) God directed toward us? Well let us examine it. What is this power, Authority or control that God has? We need to rely on the power of God and the supreme authority of God: God Almighty, all power or supreme authority of God.

We rely on the supreme authority of God directed toward us. We died in baptism because Jesus died for our sins. When we die in imitation of Jesus, we switch authorities. We are no longer under the authority of the demon, Satan. Now were under the authority of God. The devil has no, the demon has no, Satan has no and, therefore, sin has no authority over us any-more, whatsoever at all.

We switched allegiance. We have, we live because of the power of God directed toward us by his power, and his authority. We accept his authority and power instead of deceptions of Satan and his so-called powers and authority. Here we have the living God, nowhere does the Bible say Angels or Demons.

In Romans 1:4,

Rom. 1:4 who was declared [appointed to be] the Son of God with [by, with or from (abl case)] power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Declared also has the sense of appointed to be the son of God. How was he appointed to be the son of God — by the power and the authority of God. They translate the Son of God with power. However, with could also be translated, according to the Greek inflection or word ending, as by or from. Jesus was appointed to be the Son of God by, with or from, better, by the power of the resurrection from the dead. Power is better translated as authority. God has authority over life and death. He has the power over life and death.

God says that He gives life and causes death. When people sin, He puts them to death because of their sins. Death just does not happen because God has complete and utter authority. He is authority over our people by the resurrection from the dead. What happened here with the resurrection of the dead shows God's authority.

He raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus who was the worst sinner in the history of the world just before he died not during his life because he took on all of our sins: murder, stealing, covetousness, idolatry. He took on every single sin that was possible, the worst of the sins in the history of the world. Jesus became bad boy, for us.

However, by the power of God's authority, He raised him from the dead.

According to the spirit of Holiness is Jesus Christ our Lord.

So this is the power that we talking about, the power from God.

Eph. 1:19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power [Supreme Authority] in us who believe, according to the working of his great might
Eph. 1:20 which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places
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We cannot measure God’s power for no instrument exists that can begin to calculate it. It is complete and utter power over everything.

God gave mankind a choice to submit to His authority or that of Satan. Adam chose Satan and almost all of his children agreed with his choice. It was impossible, even for those who wanted to accept God’s authority, everyone except Jesus, to completely surrender to God’s authority.

We have believed in God’s authority. We believed enough to be baptized to show by our body language that we accept the fact that we are freed from sin, sickness and death by Jesus’ resurrection, by the power of the resurrection. God raised Jesus from the dead in spite of the evil in Jesus. He raised him from the dead, because Jesus himself did not commit the sins but took on our sins, as we know.

This is what we do in imitation of Christ: we put ourselves under God’s authority, under his supreme power — that power that is directed toward us that gives us life. We live because of the power of God, by the authority of God, which people on earth refuse to accept.

This is how God accomplished his power. We think of the creation. What could be greater than the creation? He created light, the power of the sun and of all the things in the creation. How-ever great is the creation, that is not what the Bible says is the ultimate power: “according to the working of his great my might, which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead.” This is the immeasurable greatness of his power, that brought people into his family to be sons of God, just as Jesus is the Son of God because of the power of the resurrection.

Interestingly, God says the resurrection has to do with power and Jesus being the Son of God. He accomplished this great power, the immeasurable greatness of His power. This is what God considers the most important aspect of His power and authority to raise Jesus from the dead and sit him at His right hand. This is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe according to the working of his great might. God raised other people, through His servants on Earth, from the dead in the past and Jesus raised people from the dead. However, this is the immeasurable greatness of his power; we rely on the power, the supreme authority of God. We imitate Christ by acting as we as though we have been raised from the dead.

Conclusion

We act as though we are free from sin, sickness and death. This is the immeasurable greatness of his power that at long last there are people on earth since Jesus’ resurrection, who had their sins forgiven and are no longer under the authority of Satan, but under the authority of Our Father in Heaven.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Gil Kovacs, Pastor,
Sabbath Christian Church