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August 9th, 2012 | Filed Under: 1Corinthians, Author, Book Studies, Mitch Kuhn2 Comments | Author:

The Power of God.

by Mitch Kuhn
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All scriptures are KJV unless otherwise specified.

1Co 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks
Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Who is Paul referring to here as “called”?

Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called (G2822) to be
an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

G2822
κλητός
klētos
klay-tos’
From the same as G2821; invited, that is, appointed, or (specifically) a saint: – called.

This word in the positive sense is used to refer to God’s elect, or chosen
people.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

1Co 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
1Co 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

However in the negative sense it can be used to mean called (invited), but

not chosen.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Now let’s take a look at the word “elect”

1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Elect:
G1588
ἐκλεκτός
eklektos

From G1586; select; by implication favorite: – chosen, elect.

Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

It is only these chosen, elect of God, that see the message of the cross and power and not foolishness.

1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1Co 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

It is through the gift of the spirit that we are able to see this wisdom of God.

Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

We know that all men will eventually see the wisdom of this message, but for now it is only his chosen.

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

Now, we must be like Moses and trust in the power of God to deliver us when the wisdom of the world tells us that we will be destroyed.

Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Isa 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

Power of God

When the Lord’s salvation comes, it comes with POWER.

(Mar 9:1 KJV) And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

So what exactly is this power? It is the power to set us free from the law of sin and death. Here in Romans 7, Paul explains what it is like to be under the power of sin.

(Rom 7:15 NKJV) For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
(Rom 7:16 NKJV) If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
(Rom 7:17 NKJV) But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
(Rom 7:18 NKJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
(Rom 7:19 NKJV) For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
(Rom 7:20 NKJV) Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
(Rom 7:21 NKJV) I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
(Rom 7:22 NKJV) For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
(Rom 7:23 NKJV) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Paul says it a different way in Ephesians:

Eph 2:1* And you, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

* I deleted the italic words that were not in the original Greek.

How are we delivered from this miserable state? It is with God’s power through Jesus Christ.

(Rom 7:24 NKJV) O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
(Rom 7:25 NKJV) I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Here is what will happen when God sends his spirit.

(Act 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

It is this seemingly foolish message of being crucified with Christ that brings with it the power of salvation from God for ALL men.

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

This power causes us to actually DO what God says, and not to merely speak of being delivered some day in the future from this bondage.

1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Eph 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

This power is EFFECTUAL, meaning that it has an effect on our lives. Here is the definition of the Greek work and more examples.

G1753
ἐνέργεια
energeia
en-erg’-i-ah

From G1756; efficiency (“energy”): – operation, strong, (effectual) working.

(Php 3:21 KJV) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working (G1753) whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

This POWER changes us, from a vile body enslaved to sin, into a glorious body enslaved to righteousness.

Jas 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Being raised from the dead is a symbol of being delivered from the bondage of sin. Read this study to learn more:

Resurrection from the Dead

1Th 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

I remember being baptized at my old Church and really expecting to come up out of the water different and full of power. I was sorely disappointed, nothing had changed, besides the fact that I was now wet. The inside of the cup was still dirty.

I did not yet know that I needed to be washed by the word, and fiery trials.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

Doctrine of Baptisms

Now when I hear the word and go through the trials, I do experience the power of God changing me, causing me to repent, and giving me the self control and boldness to overcome the beast within.

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1Pe 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, yeare in heaviness through manifold temptations:
1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

We have not yet attained perfection, but we are pressing on towards the prize. It is only the power of God that will see us through to the end.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

God has caused the Church of this world to pervert the Gospel, making it weak and cheap. The primary value of the Gospel that is preached in the Church is a future salvation from eternal damnation. This Gospel speaks lies of our creator, and takes the focus off of being made righteous NOW.

We need to meditate on what the power of God does.

2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him thathath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The purpose of the resurrection of Christ is to give us POWER to become virtuous, glorious partakers of the divine nature.

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

This is what that resurrection WILL produce over time.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

There is a lying spirit that will try to convince us the giants in the land are too much for us to overcome. We have to take those thoughts captive and remember that the POWER of God’s spirit in us is greater than the power of the world.

1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

We know we are overcoming when we obey his commands.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:and his commandments are not grievous.
1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

We will be a witness to others through the good fruits that we are caused to bear through his power.

Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

When God’s power is working with us, we will cease the works of the flesh and bear the fruit of the spirit.

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

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  • Anthocul

    thank you Mitch from Mary Gale and Tony, we just finished this very timely study…very helpful, thank you brother!

  • Anonymous

    You’re very welcome. Praise the Lord.