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 10:1 KJV

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.

© 2017, 2023 Roy Lessin, The Holy Spirit Book. 

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APPLICATION: Why do you need spiritual power to be Christ's witness? What kind of witness would you be without it? 

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