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The Might of His Glory

The Might of His Glory

Words of Faith 9-27-19

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2019

Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Colossians 1

     [9] For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  [10] And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, [11] being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…

 

      What a prayer!  Paul and Epaphras on their knees in a Roman prison prayed for the believers in Colosse that they might know the will of God, live a life worthy of the Lord, bear fruit in every good work and constantly grow in their relationship with God.  Then they prayed for the believers to be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have endurance and patience and joyfully give thanks to the Father.

       No one said that the journey would be easy.  In fact, there are far more assurances that the Christian life will be difficult than there are that it will be easy.  The journey of faith will require both endurance and strength.  The word Paul used here speaks of continuous empowerment and translates from the same root word used in Philippians 4:13: "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

       We sometimes are tempted to think that "growing up" in faith means increasing independence from our Father, the same way that and adolescent grows to adulthood that is independent of the earthly father.  This is not true.  Growing in our walk with God is just the opposite!  We grow to be increasingly dependent upon the Father.  Though we may grow in wisdom and understanding that make many decisions much easier, we find ourselves always needing more of God, not less.

    This empowerment is "according to His glorious might."  It is not proportioned simply to our need, but rather according to God's abundant supply.  That is big.  The Greek behind the phrase "his glorious might" is more literally rendered "the might of his glory.”  The NIV translation is fine, of course, but there is something forceful in that phrase.

      The "might of His glory" speaks of the might of God's own manifested nature. This is the might of His revealed splendor and majesty-- the sum total of his divine perfections.  Paul uses the word glory more than seventy times in his letters.  Its basic meaning is physical brightness or radiance.  Christ was "raised from the dead through the glory of the Father" (Romans 6:4).  Paul wrote to Timothy describing God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see (1Tim. 6:15-16). 

       To be strengthened according to the might of His glory is to be strengthened by an unlimited source of power and holiness… the might of His glory.

 

      Lord God, thank You for the might of Your glory.  Thank You for the limitless power available to address the needs and concerns of this life.  Give me the strength and endurance that I will need.  In Jesus' Name.   

 

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