Roy Lessin is an ordained minister of the gospel, a Bible teacher, a Missionary alongside his wife, Charlene, and one of the four founders of DaySpring Cards. Roy’s writing ministry through cards, books, and devotionals has continued for over fifty years. His focus remains upon the comfort, hope, and encouragement of God’s people.
Friday, August 11, 2023
The Holy Spirit Book: The Meaning of Spiritual Power
The Holy Spirit Book: The Meaning of Spiritual Power -Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
There are two important Greek words that are used in
Scripture to help us understand the meaning of spiritual power. One word
used for power is found in Matthew 10:1. It is the word exousia.
“And when he had called unto Him His twelve disciples,
He gave them power (exousia) against unclean spirits, to cast them out,
and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Matthew
Exousia means having the power of authority. A policeman who
is able to stop moving traffic on a busy street is an example of the
power of authority. The policeman does not have the physical strength to
stop the traffic, but because he represents the law of the land, and
because he is backed by the police force, he can direct the traffic to
stop or to go.
The other Greek word that is used for power is dunamis.
In English, this word can be translated as “dynamo” or “dynamite.” This
word is found in Acts 1:8.
“But ye shall receive power (dunamis), after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part
of the earth.” Acts 1:8 KJV
In this passage, Jesus was not speaking about the
power of authority, but the power of might, strength, enabling, equipping
or boldness that would be upon and within the lives of those gathered in
the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost. Receiving the Spirit’s power
would bring a dynamic change into each life.
Jesus did not say that receiving the dunamis
power of the Holy Spirit was optional. He said that it was essential for
them to be His witnesses. Their witness to the world was to be more than
a witness to His life on Earth and His death on the cross; it was also to
bring witness to His resurrection, His ascension, and His glorification
at the right hand of the Father. Their lives were also a witness to the
promised gift of the Holy Spirit that would equip them for service.