“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1:19-23 NLT
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. There is no greater power in all of creation. The Holy Spirit is He who moved upon the face of the waters and created the world (see Genesis 1:1-2). The same power that created the world has re-created those who are born again. By the power and authority of Jesus Christ we are are cleansed from sin when we repent and receive Him as our Lord and Savior. We are, then, given the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. We, immediately, are transformed from condemned sinners to redeemed saints. Only God could accomplish such a thing. Do we really comprehend the divine work of God that has occurred in the believer and what is continually going on in our lives? It is literally Supernatural. The greatest work of all time is when God comes to dwell in the life of a human being by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Only through Jesus Christ can this be accomplished!!!
In Christ, all authority has been placed by God.
"Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18 NLT
Jesus is the physical, visible representation of the invisible, Spirit God.
"For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”” John 4:24 NLT
“For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” Colossians 2:9 NLT
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”
Being a child of God means we are a part of the greatest institution in the world, THE CHURCH! Jesus is it's head. We are His body. What an incredible privilege and honor!!
Rev. Curtis Norris