6 EFFECTS OF GOD’S POWER by Chris Thomas for Core Christianity
We cannot read the Scriptures without at some point coming to terms with the extraordinary display of the awesome power of the God it portrays. And power, by very definition, must have an effect. The power of God is not simply some intellectual truth to grasp and recite. The power of God is real, and it is dangerous, and it is wonderful, and it is comforting; and we must come to terms with how we will respond in the face of it.
Among the countless effects the power of God has, I have chosen six that are significant for us to grasp today.
1. Destroys Excuses
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:18-25)
The power of God is big enough and strong enough to destroy every argument, every reason, and every excuse for why it is ok to rebel against the divine right of God to be both served and worshiped. No excuse will stand. All that will remain is the absolute, all-pervasive, power of God.
2. Creates Hope
“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19:26).
Following a discussion about how difficult it was for the rich to enter the kingdom of God—in fact, Jesus had just said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle—the disciples became understandably discouraged. In their despair, they quickly questioned Jesus, “Who then can be saved?” I want you to hear this: this was not the question of an intellectual wondering about the theory of salvation. This was the cry of a heart losing hope.