“The power of his resurrection” (Philippians 3:10).
The most remarkable display of divine power that God ever gave was in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. There we learn “what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion” (Ephesians 1:19-23).
This was the power the apostle desired to know in a practical way. He had spoken of it to the Romans and to the Ephesians; he had encouraged Timothy to lay hold of it; but he wanted to know it experimentally in the details of his daily life. What could the enemy do with one who did not fear death, and who lived superior to all his assaults? The more the apostle knew experimentally the working of this divine power in his life, the more he was made superior to every trial and difficulty, and every assault in the conflict. He wanted to bring the truth of Christ’s resurrection to bear upon everything that he faced, and he had much to face. He was about to face Nero, but he was unafraid. His whole concern was to magnify Christ, whether by life or death. What could the power or raging of Nero do to one who knew the power of Christ’s resurrection?
The knowledge of the power of Christ’s resurrection in our souls day by day enables us to be superior to every difficulty, trial, and affliction in these last days. Things are likely to get worse in this world, if the Lord tarry, and the path of the faithful will become more difficult; but we can be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and rise above every difficulty, and meet every artifice of the enemy as knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection.
May the Lord use this issue of Toward the Mark to help you grow and be established as you read it. Thank you for your e-mails and notes of encouragement.
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Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
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