Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The new things that have come: The Divine power of God. Part 4.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
July 09, 2010
2PE 1:1-3, Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence or virtue.
a. The first basic but very vital principle is the omnipotence or divine power of God the Father providing our invisible assets and escrow blessings.
b. The divine power of God the Son who preserves the universe and controls both human and angelic history daily.
HEB 1:3, He upholds all things by the word of His power.
COL 1:17, And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
c. God the Holy Spirit who provides the power to execute the plan or the will of the PPOG.
d. The point being is that we have a greater power than Satan, for we have the very thinking or mind-set of the TLJC.
1CO 2:16, For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
e. Divine power therefore is related to both God’s promises and God’s actions on our behalf, both of which we call actions of grace.
f. The delegation of the omnipotence or the divine power of God to the Church-age began with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
g. The key to this delegation is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the dispensation of the hypostatic-union.
So, between the resurrection of Christ and the rapture of the Church is the greatest demonstration of power in all of human history.
God’s power brings glory to God, which is creator-credit.
Man’s power brings glory to man, which is creature credit.
Between the two resurrections is the dispensation of the Royal Family of God which we classify as the Church-age.
This is the dispensation of the intensified angelic conflict.
This is the dispensation of the crossroads of human history.
Therefore, the resurrection of Christ is a dividing line between limited power to a few believers before the resurrection, and maximum power to all believers after the resurrection.
However, availability of divine power does not mean utilization of divine power.