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The Power of His Resurrection (10 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse By Verse Study
This evening I want to give you two points to our outline:
I. The Power of His Resurrection
II. The Fellowship of His Sufferings
I. THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION
It should overwhelm us. Think about it for a moment--the power of Christ's resurrection. Jesus said in John 10:18, "No man taketh it (My life) from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again."
This is the same power God used to create the universe. He just spoke things into existence. He gave life to everything that has life...it is the power of God.
In the O. T. Job was overwhelmed as he considered the power of God: "Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God" (Job 37:14).
When I look at creation, I am overwhelmed. When I consider the birth of a baby, I am overwhelmed. And when I consider Christ's resurrection and the power it took to do that, I am overwhelmed.
May I just add; so many Christians live defeated lives--empty lives, powerless lives...and why? It is because they attempt to live in their own strength, rather than drawing on the power of God that is available to all believers.
Paul said, "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection" (vs.10a).
Ephes. 1:19, "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power."
It should transform us. What did Paul say? "Being made conformable unto His death: If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead" (vv. 10b, 11).
We are to be transformed in two ways: By the salvation provided in Christ's resurrection (vs. 11). Paul has already clearly stated that His hope of salvation was not in his own righteousness. Look at (vs. 9).
When Paul said, "If by any means I might attain unto ...
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