Tuesday, April 22, 2014

encouraging resurrection power words

the empty garden tomb in Jerusalem, Israel
I find great encouragement in a word study of the four different Greek words used in this Scripture for the resurrection power with which God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and toward us who believe...
…what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…(Ephesians 1:19-20)

power (dunamis)—dynamic—it refers to intrinsic power. The gospel is dynamic, God’s dynamic, and so is powerful in the transformation of human lives. Dunamis is the same power that resides in believers because we are in Christ and He is in us.

working (energeia)—describes effectual working, efficiency or active, effective power. In this passage, energeia describes the active, energetic, productive power of God at work. Energeia describes God’s power in raising Christ, Paul instructs us that we have it, too.

strength (kratos)—refers to manifested power or power that is released, put forth in action. It is power to overcome what stands in the way. It is power which is able to overcome resistance. Kratos means strength or might, the power to rule or control, supreme authority, sovereignty.

might (ischus)—inherent power or force. A muscular man’s big muscles display his might, even if he doesn’t use them. It is the reserve of strength. Ischus conveys the sense of endowed power or ability. The idea is that it is the active efficacy of the might that is inherent in God, His indwelling strength. He is able!

As a believer, I know this is the same resurrection power that dwells in the innermost part of me, giving me strength to face every day’s challenges.
[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] (Philippians 3:10 Amplified Bible)
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].(Philippians 4:13 Amplified Bible)

Take a few minutes to listen to these heart-felt lyrics from Resurrection by Nicole Sponberg

Here I am at the end, I'm in need of resurrection
Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead 
What I've lost to the world, what seems far beyond redemption 
You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again
This is encouraging to me, because it’s not my power, but the power of the Spirit of Christ Who dwells in the innermost part of me, the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

How about you? Is this encouraging to you? Please leave your comments in the box below. I’d love to hear from you!

Linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart as an encourager!


  1. Thanks for this Beth- I LOVE word studies like this and really appreciate it when bloggers teach me new things like the origins of these four words.
    I appreciate you Beth- you are a good teacher and I benefit lots from reading your blog posts and comments on FB.
    May God Bless you through all and in all.
    Love, Mary

    1. Thank you, Mary, your consistent, encouraging comments make me want to wrie every day!



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