EUPHORIC ADVANTAGE AND EXPRESSION - PART 2
SATURDAY 06 JANUARY 2023
Our Christian life should be the manifestation of the miraculous - to the world, because we serve a God of the supernatural. And so we must gain the ability to familiarise ourselves with God's right hand, throughout the ages of our progressive growth in Christ.
Reference: Psalm 118:15 Brenton Septuagint Translation (BST) "The voice of exultation and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord has wrought mightily."
In part one, I mentioned that there is a great difference between the general knowledge of God and the executive power of His right hand. In other words, many have some general information about God, yet they don't know God on a personal level. Put simply, the general knowledge of God is an available information or facts about God, which everyone who cares to know, can easily know, yet it will not change anything about their lives because it's a head knowledge. However there is an accurate knowledge of God, which is beyond mere information about Him and it's much more than Biblical literacy. Therefore, as committed Christians, we require such knowledge if we are going to experience the power of His right hand from time to time. In Greek translation, this important knowledge is named, "Ginosko", meaning a knowledge that goes beyond factual information.
Ginosko is the knowledge gained by building an intimate relationship with God. It is getting to know God in a personal way after receiving Christ as Lord; and then having convincing encounters and divine experiences as a result of knowing Him deeply. Having understood the difference between the factual knowledge of God and real knowledge of God by revelation, you can tell what makes the difference in our personal experiences with God. Now, I'm going to shed light on the connection between the accurate or intimate knowledge of God (Ginosko) and the power of His might or right hand.
Paul said, "I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection..." (Philippians 3:10 NIV). In other words, when you possess the intimate knowledge, it develops or goes pari passu with the supreme power. Put simply, it activates the manifest power of God. Paul desired to gain Christ's accurate and deeper knowledge and then the power behind His resurrection, which is the right hand of God that wrought wonders and raised Christ from the dead. With such a deep knowledge in place, which is more than mere acquisition of Christ's resurrection facts, one can experience the right hand of God at will. Why did Paul want to know the power behind the resurrection of Christ? Firstly, understand that the power is the right hand of the Lord, God. Secondly let's examine again, this power that raised Christ from the dead, as recorded in the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT) reads, "I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come." Here apostle Paul described the power of God's right hand, which is the power he desired to grasp by experience. The right hand of God wrought mightily and raised Christ from the dead, and also seated Him in the place of honour! Where? At God's right hand in the heavenly realms? Someone might ask: "Are there two right hands of God?" Here's the answer: According to John 4:24, God is Spirit, and therefore, the right hand that exerts wonders and mighty works is the executive power of His right hand, while the right hand of God, where Christ is seated, is the positional right hand. However, regardless of the set of functions or rather, different purposes, they both mean the same right hand - signifying the highest form of authority. Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Exodus 15:6; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 63:8; Acts 2:33; Hebrews 8:1.
Exuberant Declaration: The proper evidence of the right hand of God produces mind-boggling testimonies in my life. I therefore, testify that I'm blessed beyond measure, and truly, my fellowship with God the Father and Christ, the Son, gives birth to euphoric advantage and expressions in my life, both now and always. Glory to God!