The word ‘power,’ in Ephesians 1:19 is dunamis (doo’-nam-is) meaning: ‘a latent force (literally or figuratively),’ and a pointer to the fact that only God has miraculous power. This dunamis is an insuperable power wrought only by the Almighty. The abstract ‘working,’ energeia (en-erg’-i-ah), explains the efficiency in this terrifically extraordinary energy when HE decides to go into work at the sight of man’s faith, which ignites a nonpareil efficacy of His strength. ‘Mighty,’ ischus (is-khoos’), teaches the astronomical ability in the forceful strength of Jehovah’s might. Ischus is the raw strength of His Omnipotence. The unprecedented marvel of omnipotent capabilities. While dunamis explains the latency of God’s omnipotent power, this other ‘power,’ kratos (krat’-os): “great” vigor (literally or figuratively) explains HIS great strength. It is intended to enable an envisioning of the mind blowing muscles of His physical strength. Visible strength. Imagine biceps as huge as the Himalayas!
From Adam Clarke’s
Commentary on Ephesians 1:19 is: “MIGHT, ισχυς, is the
state or simple efficiency of this attribute in God; POWER, κρατος, is this might or efficiency in
action; ENERGY, ενεργεια, is the
quantum of force, momentum, or velocity, with which the power is applied.
Though they appear to be synonymous terms they may be thus understood: passive
power is widely different from power in action; and power in action will be in
its results according to the energy or momentum with which it is applied.”
WITH GOD, IT’S POSSIBLE!
God does not just display a
whimsical proof of power. For an eternal good He has always shown His salvaging
hand. All these demonstration of His power is not for the fun of it. Of immense
interest is the fact that all this show of power is directed at a certain
species of His treasured entities. Paul said, “to us-ward who believe,” so who are the ‘us?’ They are in the
preceding verse. “The eyes of your
understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his
calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the
saints,” [Ephesians 1:18].
‘Inheritance’ is the Greek klēronomia (klay-ron-om-ee’-ah): a noun
feminine which means ‘heirship, that is, (concretely) a patrimony or
(generally) a possession.’ God has got for Himself a patrimony; in what? Of
course in the saints. The word ‘saints’ hagios
(hag’-ee-os), is: ‘most holy thing, a saint. From ἅγος hagos (an awful thing) sacred (physically pure,
morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).’ The saints are the born
again Christians. Eight Godly souls would not suffer annihilation by the
Deluge, expressive of the LORD’s fury. They were the antediluvian saints. Kept
in the ark, which means treasure, they were an inheritance of God whose Word
they kept in their hearts that they might not sin against His holiness -they
became God’s sacred property. Amen.
The Church is a woman, hence,
the Spirit would lead Paul to choose a grammatical feminine ‘inheritance’ to
teach His treasure. Seeing Jesus as a precious stone, God’s business acumen
made Him to sell all He had to purchase the humanity of Jesus for the work of
salvation. Remember God had to use all His power to save the dead Jesus so as
to gain more treasures in Christians. In the antediluvian age eight souls
marked the beginning of God’s ownership of a treasured people. In the Old
Testamentary days He had a remnant as Moses wrote: “For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his
inheritance” [Deuteronomy 32:9].
And this is the most important
of all species of the Homo sapiens: “Wherefore
thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God
through Christ” [Galatians 4:7]. Are you a born again Christian? Then
you are the apple of God’s eye. You are the very reason why He had to
demonstrate all these powers, just to woo you to be His Bride. Amen!
INCARNATION OF JEHOVAH: JESUS!
You can enjoy the fullness of God’s power by getting born again. say this prayer, believing it with all your heart:
Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.
In a country where you’d find it extremely difficult to
absolve just two of the past and present generals, under the administration of
President Buhari, of defalcation, Boko Haram must be kept in business.
They won’t release Leah Sharibu: she’s just too unfortunate
not to have Aishat Buhari, the country’s First Lady, as her mother.
Sad! As the good Lord liveth, Leah, you will be released soon! Soon, to be
reunited with your loved family. Amen!
Where is Leah
Shuaribu, Mr. President?
Show me a developed state that has
no stable electricity! Who owns the Nigerian power distribution companies?
Politicians! Who owns the gargantuan electrical generating concern of Mikano,
in Nigeria? PDP presidential aspirant (Atiku Abubakar)!
Google to find out the huge chunk
that left Nigeria immediately after graduating from Medical Schools just last
year! Buhari’s ‘Next Level’ of APC is an enemy to their professionalism.
Companies are in dire straits!
Why? These politicians don’t love Nigeria. They are dwellers in the gemütlichkeit of their enthroned malversation.
One aspirant who loves Nigeria is
Reverend Chris Okotie! Vote him if you love Nigeria. Allow righteousness to
exalt Nigeria. Amen!
Shall we look into the Scripture? It says in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness
exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” The word
‘righteousness’ in Hebrew is tsedâqâh (tsed-aw-kaw’)
‘rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice),
morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).’ This tsedâqâh comes from the root tsâdaq
(tsaw-dak’) ‘to be (causatively make)right (in a moral or forensic sense).’ Gôy (go’-ee), the Hebrew
for ‘nation’ does refer usually to ‘a foreign nation; hence a Gentile.’
Divine choice of Shem of the
Jewish Israel, where the Lord did His incarn, turned the progenies of Japheth
and Ham to gentiles. ‘Sin,’ (khat-taw-aw’), means ‘sinful (habitually); sin
offering (sacrifice).’ The word ‘reproach’ chêsêd
(kheh’-sed), from Hebraic scripture, is: ‘goodness,
kindness; by implication (towards
God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty.’ Le’ôm (leh-ome’) is the
English word for ‘nation’ and it means: ‘to gather;
The loveless Cain
The sedulity of reinspection of
Proverbs 14:34 wants me to zero in on chaṭṭâ’âh
and chêsêd because of their Hebraic
interpretations. Chaṭṭâ’âh, which
is the same dictum employed by the LORD God when He told Cain, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be
accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin
lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over
him” [Genesis 4:7], desiring him to come to Him with a ‘sin offering’
to receive forgiveness and consequently live a life of prosperity, tells me
what God expects of rulers of governments. From the Bible dictionary chêsêd i.e. ‘reproach’ is more of
‘goodness and kindness’ according to Hebraic lexicon.
Leah and her rascally abductor
Judging by this definitions, the
practicality of this verse, before the Almighty, should be rendered thus: chêsêd (to the populace) is
the chaṭṭâ’âh (before God) for
the le’ôm (the people).
Goodness, kindness and mercy
towards the ruled by the ruler is a sin offering –an expiable act before God’s proclivious judging eyes.
Check this out. European, American and Asian governments take good care of
their citizens hence the huge developments recorded in their lands. Amen. Most of
these nations don’t
care about the Bible. But, for the simple fact that they are doing the right
things for the people, prosperity smiles on them!
This is the man of God, the erudite Reverend
Reverend Chris Okotie, with his
erudition in biblicism, is no doubt the man who can bring the practical ‘right
doing’ interpretation of this Scripture into the Nigerian relevance. I love
Nigeria. I vote for Reverend Chris Okotie, who loves Nigeria so passionately.
By day a pillar of a cloud; and by night a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21)
from part one…)
*2* Being the One who told Abraham to, “Get thee out of thy country, and from
thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew
thee:” of Genesis 12:1, it then behoves His excellent Divinity to show
His Almighty power. God would not allow His covenanted son and friend to lose
his wife. The manifestation of His power got Abraham’s family protected from
Pharaoh’s incursion. Why? Satan wanted to scuttle the birth of the next man to
receive the baton towards the emergence of the nation of Israel, and ultimately
the birth of Jesus.
Again Israel was saved from Pharaoh.
When God sent Moses to Pharaoh, HE knew that the king of Egypt would refuse. Exodus 3:19, “And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not
let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.” Jehovah had
to do what HE must do; “Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to
Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand
shall he drive them out of his land” (Exodus 6:1). The word, ‘strong’ is chazaq (khaw-zawk’): ‘strong (usu. in a bad sense, hard, bold,
violent).’ And the word
‘hand’ is yad (yawd) ‘a hand (the open one (indicating power,
means, direction, etc.), in distinction from kaph (kaf) ‘the hollow hand or palm,’ the closed one).
I come to
thee in the name of the LORD of hosts
God’s power was practically put
on the line when it came to the matter of David and Goliath. All was set for the
prophetic father of the Messiah, the Branch, Son, the Lord (Daniel 9:25; Isaiah
11:1, 9:6 & Psalm 110:1) of David as the king of Israel, and Goliath, whose
name Golyath (gol-yath’) means: ‘exile’ which comes another Hebrew galah
(gaw-law’) ‘1. to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense) 2. (by implication) to exile (captives being usually stripped) 3. (figuratively) to reveal.’ Goliath is the type and shadow of the
Antichrist, come to strip Christians of their righteousness and get them
1Samuel 17:43 “And the
Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And
the Philistine cursed David by his gods.” Goliath drew the battle line. God must prove His power through His ‘beloved,’
which is the definition of David. 1Samuel 17:45, “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest
to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in
the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast
defied.” David did the expected. He involved the strength of Jehovah.
the grace of God unto David
It was very apposite for
David to use stones and it must be five in number. When Jesus said to Peter,
“thou art Peter,” He meant, “thou art a stone.” The stone represents every
Christian. Five is the number of grace, without which none will get born again,
be cleansed, and justified to become God’s child. For these reasons God must
show His power.
2Corinthians 5:7 declares,“For we walk by
faith, not by sight.”Our faith, therefore, is an invocation of His power. That, Prophet
Elijah did prove at Mount Carmel. It was Jehovah versus Baal, the sun god, the
idol that Nimrod made global. We know that these demons can conjure anything.
So, how come Lucifer could not do that, that time around? God’s power is
incontestable. Satan was told to, “Shut up!” Unfortunately, Elijah forgot to
rely on this same power. He could not ignite the power to shut the idolatrous
mouth of Jezebel. He lost faith, by deciding to walk by sight, too bad.
The ultimate exhibition of His power was at the cross. He
had to do the impossible: die and conquer death in its most eerie underground
of hellish abode.
The likeness of rhetorical
ponderosity in a grand Pauline revelation is found in Ephesians 1:19, “And what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty
power,” where ‘exceeding greatness’ is the Greek, huperballō megethos. Verse 20 says, “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him
from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”Let us do an exegesis of this Scripture.
‘Exceeding’ is the Greek huperballo (hoop-er-bal’-lo) ‘to throw beyond the usual mark; (figuratively) to surpass (only active participle supereminent).’ ‘Greatness’ is megethos (meg’-eth-os) ‘magnitude (figuratively).’ The expression, ‘exceeding greatness’ huperballomegethos, is saying that, “Target any distance, in your wildest dreams,” Paul is teaching here, “and God will surpass it far, far by far!” In fact think about incalculable monstrosity of inter-continental ballistic missiles and they would not equal the awesome strength of Jehovah. That is what huperballomegethos is all about. The first ‘power’ is dunamis (doo’-nam-is) ‘1. Force 2. (specially) miraculous power 3. (usually by implication) a miracle itself.’ Power that translates ‘working’ is energeia (en-erg’-ei-ah) ‘efficiency (“energy”),’ and ‘mighty,’ ischus (is-khoos’), means: ‘strength, forcefulness. The second ‘power’ (of verse 19) is kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor (“great”).’