“That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto
his death” (Phil 3:10). The apostle Paul in this verse indicated that his goal
in life was to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.
Think what power (the Greek word dunamis) was needed
to raise Jesus from the dead (Eph 1: 19-20). We get our English word dynamite
from the Greek word dunamis. That same power dwells in us: “But if the Spirit
of him that raised up Jesus form the dead dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you” (Rom 8:11). That power brings life to our mortal bodies,
empowers us to be witnesses for him (Acts 1:8) and in fact, makes us like Jesus
(2 Cor 3:17-18). Wow and double Wow.
The apostle Paul also mentioned (Eph 1:19) another
form of God’s power (Greek Kratos), the power of dominion or authority, which
he exercised in raising Christ from the dead. As born-again believers in Jesus
we walk in the authority of Jesus over the devil; Jesus took back authority
from satan through his (Jesus) death and resurrection (Eph 1:19-22). What a
victory we have in Jesus.
But Paul does go on to say, in our theme verse above (Phil
3:10), that we must also be willing to fellowship in Christ’s sufferings and
death. With the power and authority Jesus brought us, we must also die to self
and live for Christ, no matter how much persecution or difficulty this may
bring; are we willing?
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