1 Corinthians 13July 23, 2014
1 Corinthians 14July 24, 2014
“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
There are three different Greek words used in this verse for power—be strong, power, and might. Paul sums up our power position “in the Lord.”
First, “be strong.” This is the Greek word, endynamoō. From this word we get out English words, dynamite and dynamo. This is explosive power. Jesus told the disciples to wait in the upper room for this power. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8 NKJV). This is the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit in you. This is power provided when called into action by the Holy Spirit.
Second, “in the power.” This is the Greek word, kratos. This is dominion power. This is power that overcomes death (Hebrews 2:14). This is the power of the Word to change lives and pull people from darkness to light (Acts 19:20). This is God’s mighty power to overcome all obstacles and formidable circumstances. This is God’s great power. This is the unlimited power of God.
Third, “of His might.” This is the Greek word, ischys. This is often translated strength. It is the forcefulness of God. I think of it as a body builder who has bulging biceps. This is power over evil. It also speaks of ability. God has ultimate ability in every situation. Nothing is beyond His ability and power. This is the power to defeat all the battles that wage in your mind—the power to pull down strongholds and thoughts. This is the power unleashed through grace.
This is the power found in rest. It’s not something you have to build up or work up. It’s simply available when needed. It’s found “in the Lord.” You are in the Lord and this power is in you. It’s not power to hurt or destroy. This is God’s mighty power which is available through His grace. It’s unmerited, unearned, and you can’t work for it. Just release it by faith. Jesus has already defeated the devil. The battle is the Lord’s so rest in His complete power.