The Power of Christ's
Published in Pentecostal Evangel p. 2 August
Published in Redemption Tidings p. 5-6 March 28, 1947
That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being
made conformable unto his death...I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians
What a wonderful Word! This surely means
to press on to be filled with all the fulness of God. If
we leak out here we shall surely miss God, and shall fail
in fulfilling the ministry He would give us.
PRESSING ON FOR FULLER POWER
The Lord would have us preach by life,
and by deed, always abounding in service; living epistles,
bringing forth to men the knowledge of God. If we went all
the way with God, what would happen? What should we see
if we would only seek to bring honor to the name of our
God? Here we see Paul pressing in for this. There is no
standing still. We must move on to a fuller power of the
Spirit, never satisfied that we have apprehended all, but
filled with the assurance that God will take us on to the
goal we desire to reach, as we press on for the prize ahead.
Abraham came out from Ur of the Chaldees.
We never get into a new place until we come out from the
old one. There is a place where we leave the old life behind,
and where the life in Christ fills us and we are filled
with His glorious personality.
On the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus
was apprehended by Christ. From the first he sent up a cry,
“Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” He desired
always to do the will of God, but here he realized a place
of closer intimacy, a place of fuller power, of deeper crucifixion.
He sees a prize ahead and every fiber of his being is intent
on securing that prize. Jesus Christ came to be the firstfruits;
the firstfruits of a great harvest of like fruit, like unto
Himself. How zealous is the farmer as he watches his crops
and sees the first shoots and blades. They are the earnest
of the great harvest that is coming. Paul here is longing
that the Father’s heart shall be satisfied, for in
that first resurrection the Heavenly Husbandman will see
a firstfruits harvest, firstfruits like unto Christ, sons
of God made conformable to the only begotten Son of God.
You say, “I am in a needy place.”
It is in needy places that God delights to work. For three
days the people that were with Christ were without food,
and He asked Philip, “From whence shall we buy bread
that these may eat?” That was a hard place for Philip,
but not for Jesus, for He knew perfectly what He would do.
The hard place is where He delights to show forth His miraculous
power. And how fully was the need provided for. Bread enough
and to spare!
THE PRESENCE OF THE RISEN CHRIST
Two troubled, baffled travelers are on
the road to Emmaus. As they communed together and reasoned,
Jesus Himself drew near, and He opened up the Word to them
in such a way that they saw light in His light. Their eyes
were holden that they could not recognize who it was talking
with them. But, oh how their hearts burned within as He
opened up the Scripture to them. And at the breaking of
bread He was made known to them. Always seek to be found
in the place where He manifests His presence and power.
The resurrected Christ appeared to Peter
and a few more of them early one morning on the shore of
the lake. He prepared a meal for the tired, tried disciples.
This is just like Him. Count on His presence. Count on His
power. Count on His provision. He is always there just where
you need Him.
Have you received Him? Are you to be found
“in Him”? Have you received His righteousness,
which is by faith? Abraham got to this place, for God gave
this righteousness to him because he believed, and as you
believe God He puts His righteousness to your account. He
will put His righteousness right within you. He will keep
you in perfect peace as you stay your mind upon Him and
trust in Him. He will bring you to a rest of faith, to a
place of blessed assurance that all that happens is working
for your eternal good.
Here is the widow’s son on the road
to burial. Jesus meets that unhappy procession. He has compassion
on that poor woman who is taking her only son to the cemetery.
His great heart had such compassion that death had no power
- it could not longer hold its prey. Compassion is greater
than suffering. Compassion is greater than death. O God,
give us this compassion! In His infinite compassion Jesus
stopped that funeral procession and cried to that widow’s
son, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” And
he who was dead sat up, and Jesus delivered him to his mother.
CHANNELS FOR HIS POWER
Paul got a vision and revelation of the
resurrection power of Christ, and so he was saying, “I
will not stop until I have laid hold of what God has laid
hold of me for.” For what purpose has God laid hold
of us? To be channels for His power. He wants to manifest
the power of the Son of God through you and me. God helps
us to manifest the faith of Christ, the compassion of Christ,
the resurrection power of Christ.
One morning about eleven o’clock
I saw a woman who was suffering with a tumor. She could
not live through the day. A little blind girl led me to
the bedside. Compassion broke me up and I wanted that woman
to live for the child’s sake. I said to the woman,
“Do you want to live?” She could not speak.
She just moved her finger. I anointed her with oil and said,
“In the name of Jesus.” There was a stillness
of death that followed; and the pastor, looking at the woman,
said to me, “She is gone.”
When God pours in His compassion it has
resurrection power in it. I carried that woman across the
room, put her against a wardrobe, and held her there. I
said, “In the name of Jesus, death, come out.”
And soon her body began to tremble like a leaf. “In
Jesus’ name, walk,” I said. She did and went
back to bed.
I told this story in the assembly. There
was a doctor there and he said, “I’ll prove
that.” He went to the woman and she told him it was
perfectly true. She said, “I was in heaven, and I
saw countless numbers all like Jesus. Then I heard a voice
saying, ‘Walk, in the name of Jesus.’’’
There is power in the name of Jesus. Let
us apprehend it, the power of His resurrection, the power
of His compassion, the power of His love. Love will break
the hardest thing - there is nothing it will not break.