Knowing The Power Of His Resurrection – Part 1: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),
And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope].Philippians 3:8-10 (AMP)
There is power in purpose and Christ is the purpose (the heart and mind) of God.
Without Christ, the Father cannot be known. Christ is the epitome of revelation and is the only Person Who has access to the immeasurable council of God.
God exhibits His power through His Son. God makes His power manifest through His Son since the purpose of the Son is to show the glory of God.
For power to be displayed, there has to be relationship. The power of God is vested in the relationship He has with the Son. In unity, there is power and love is the essence of unity.
For us to understand the power of God, we need to know what was the heart and mind of God when He revealed Christ to humanity. The purpose of Christ was to restore fellowship with God. Only Christ enables us to connect to God.
The power of resurrection goes beyond the event of resurrection yet it is the fullness of the power of purpose. The event of resurrection is not the only thing that manifested the power of God. Resurrection was the epitome of Gods manifest power.
The power of resurrection precedes the event of resurrection. It was not so much so that the event is great but the power vested in the resurrection.
God uses His power to reveal His purpose. Power is not just military strength and physique but also in knowledge and wisdom. In Christ is hidden the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All the wisdom of God cannot be displayed in one event only a fragment can be displayed. Christ precedes all events.
[For my concern is] that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).
In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.Colossians 2:2-3 (AMP)
The resurrection is a culmination and a beginning. Resurrection is the epitome, culmination of the purpose of God because it sums up all the events of human history for the purpose of God, including the law and prophets. One cannot perceive the resurrection within the contours of our limitations but only discerned in the spirit.
Events are doors that open us up to the varsity of God. Events show us the divine mind and heart that inspires the supernatural to demonstrate the multifaceted dimensions of the Kingdom.
God is not a follower of systems but principles. However, God does change His methodology and how He manifests Himself and therefore cannot be limited to one method of manifestation.
Understanding the power of purpose opens your eyes to see what God is doing and to see all that God does in our lives as a type leading us to Christ Himself.
It is in God’s heart and mind to inspire the supernatural since the supernatural pervades the natural and subdues limitation (carnality and the mortal body), and then aligns the visible and invisible (the mortal body, circumstances) in tandem with His divine purpose. The power of God does not consult with the natural for it to manifest.
The power of God quickens even your mortal body and can cause healing in our mortal bodies since healing preceded illness and all we have to do is invoke that healing into our bodies. This applies not just for illness but for all limitations.
As Christians, we should not focus on events in our lives (good or bad) as an end in themselves and thereby glorifying ourselves for them or looking down on ourselves but we are to focus on the heart and mind of God (purpose) for that event. There is the substance behind the event. The problem of focusing on events is that it leads to idolatry.
Every event has a purpose. When the purpose is achieved there is power revealed through that event. For power to reveal purpose, one has to have relationship with Christ. Purpose is ONLY revealed in the place of relationship.
Power outside of Christ is void, lethal and becomes sorcery. When power comes, it comes with judgment. It’s a double-edged sword. One has to know how to handle the power of God.
Resurrection is a lifestyle. It’s not the sum of events in your Christian life. For one to be relevant, the purpose of God has to be a lifestyle (dying daily).
The power of God reveals the terrible majesty of God and the human folly to think they can go through life without God. It is Christ-centered.
The purpose of resurrection is to witness of the Gospel through words and confirm it by signs and wonders. It is not for self-gratification or to beat one’s chest based on exploits done.
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