Lance Goodall 10 Nov 2019
Romans 8:11 KJV
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. — 2 Cor 12:9
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly* above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…. — Eph 3:18 – 20
Above what we ask or think, but not ALL power…..
And what is this power for anyway? Laura never tells us.
.His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. — 2 Peter 1:3
According as his divine power hath given unto us – All the effects of the gospel on the human heart are, in the Scriptures, traced to the power of God. See the notes at Romans 1:16.
There are no moral means which have ever been used that have such power as the gospel; none through which God has done so much in changing the character and affecting the destiny of man.All things that pertain unto life and godliness –
The reference here in the word “life” is undoubtedly to the life of religion; the life of the soul imparted by the gospel. The word “godliness” is synonymous with piety. The phrase “according as” ( ὡς hōs) seems to be connected with the sentence in 2 Peter 1:5,
“Forasmuch as he has conferred on us these privileges and promises connected with life and godliness, we are bound, in order to obtain all that is implied in these things, to give all diligence to add to our faith, knowledge,” etc.Through the knowledge of him –
By a proper acquaintance with him, or by the right kind of knowledge of him. Notes, John 17:3.
“seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue;”
The true basis of saving knowledge is in God through Christ, who granted to the apostles full and complete knowledge of everything that pertains to life and godliness. The blessed promise of Christ that the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles into “all truth” is certainly in the background of the statement here. The significance of this is seen in the fact that all subsequent “revelations” so-called, are relegated to the status of not pertaining to life and godliness.
The very fact of the saving knowledge delivered through the apostles being complete (as Paul also said in 2 Timothy 3:17), effectually denies the need of any subsequent information bearing upon life and godliness. In the light of this truth, what must be thought of the claims of a Mary Baker Eddy or Joseph Smith, or of any others claiming to add anything to the word of God?
His divine power … Zerr thought that inasmuch as salvation is the subject matter here, “Divine power refers to the gospel, for Romans 1:16 declares that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation”; and this is certainly true.
Hath granted unto us … “The us here points back to ours of verse 1 and refers to the apostles of Christ.” Also, Macknight’s beautiful paraphrase of the thought here stresses the same idea: “Certainly God’s divine power has gifted to us, the apostles of his Son, all things necessary to bring mankind to a godly life.”
Life and godliness … The “life” here means eternal life, ever the principal concern of New Testament writers. “Godliness” is from a word occurring four times in this letter and also in one of Peter’s speeches (Acts 3:12). It was also used by Paul in the letters of the second imprisonment, being therefore apostolic, and not “a late first century word” as once alleged.
“hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness;”
Referring not so much to a temporal life, though he gives that and preserves it, and furnishes with all the mercies and comforts of it; and which come to us, from him, in a covenant way, as his left hand blessings, and in great love; but rather a spiritual life, which he is the author and maintainer of, all the joys, pleasures, blessings, and supports of it, being given by him; as also eternal life, for that, and everything appertaining to it, are from him; he gives a meetness for it, which is his own grace, and a right unto it, which is his own righteousness; and he has power to give that itself to as many as the Father has given him, and he does give it to them; and likewise all things belonging to “godliness”, or internal religion; and which is the means of eternal life, and leads on to it, and is connected with it, and has the promise both of this life, and of that which is to come; and everything relating to it, or is in it, or it consists of, is from Christ: the internal graces of the Spirit, as faith, hope, and love, which, when in exercise, are the principal parts of powerful godliness, are the gifts of Christ, are received out of his fullness, and of which he is the author and finisher; and he is the donor of all the fresh supplies of grace to maintain the inward power of religion, and to assist in the external exercise of it; all which things are given
Scripture must be weighed against scripture:
The word of God never contradicts itself, and puts the emphasis on the right things.
Those who do otherwise pervert the gospel by taking scriptures and using them for their own devices.
2 Cor 4: 5 – 18
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death works in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Peter 3:16
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
So in summary, not quite ‘power for powers sake’ as Brian Houston’s daughter Laura Toganivalu is suggesting, not a Harry Potter power, but for the life lived for God in submission, and to live upright before Him.