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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Far More Abundantly Beyond

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3:20-21)
This is a stunning piece. But it's easy to miss just how stunning it is. Take a look.

First, there is the claim that He can do more than we ask or think. Anyone who knows the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Sovereign God will get that He can exceed what we can imagine, but that's not what Paul said. Well, sort of. What he said was that God is able to do "far more abundantly beyond all" that we ask or think. So, what could you possibly ask? He can do that. What could you imagine? Yeah, He can do that, too. But He can so far exceed it that Paul doesn't know how to express it. It's huge. "Far more abundantly beyond all."

But wait! That's just the beginning. Paul says that He can vastly exceed your imagination and then makes a truly amazing claim. It is "according to the power that works within us." We understand that He has power exceeding our comprehension. Did you know that power is at work in you? Do you ever feel too weak to accomplish what you need to accomplish? You have that excessive power in you. Do you ever feel like you can never be what God wants you to be? You have that excessive power in you. Do you feel at times that He asks too much of you? You have that excessive power--His power that exceeds your comprehension--in you.

What's it all about? What's the end game? Why put that power in you and me? For His glory. For His glory in the church and in Christ and in all time.

Stunning, truly stunning.

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