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A Walk That Is Being Strengthened With Power.

Tuesday Bible Study Notes

Westside Care Center Tuesday, February 13, 2006

 C. Pat Lanyon

Review: We are now looking at what appear to be conditions for having a worthy walk. Last time we studied the "growing" goal we are to have in our approach to Godís WillĖ how to act so as to increase in the knowledge of God. We saw the image of a baby growing mature. We also looked at Bible characters who were subjected to a training program in Godís Will. Growing does take time.

 

Colossians 1:9-12 (with outline sectional marking as we are seeking to understand it)

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that (1B.) you may be filled with the knowledge of His will (1c.) in all wisdom and (2c.) spiritual understanding;

10 that you may 2B. walk worthy of the Lord, (1c1d.) fully pleasing Him, (1c2d.) being fruitful in every good work and (1c3d.) increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 (1c4d.) strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for (1c5d.) all patience and (1c6d.) longsuffering with joy;

12 (1c7d) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

 

Introduction:

(1c4d.) strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power is another characteristic of having a walk worthy of God that we are discussing today. All these are Godís ideas about how His will should be done, and how we should be praying for ourselves and others who are seeking to do His will. As usual, we first look at the word meanings in this passage, and then some biblical illustrations of gaining strength according to Godís mighty power.

Word Definitions:

strengthened 1412 dunamow dunamoo doo-nam-ah'-oh >from 1411; AV-strengthen 1; 1

1) to make strong, confirm, strengthen ; 1411 dunamis, Greek: like the English, dynamite

AV-power 77, mighty work 11, strength 7, miracle 7, might 4, virtue 3, mighty 2, misc 9; 120

1) strength power, ability 1a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth 1b) power for performing miracles 1c) moral power and excellence of soul 1d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth 1e) power and resources arising from numbers 1f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

might is the same Strongís number as referenced above, 1411.

glorious 1391 doxa doxa dox'-ah ; AV-glory 145, glorious 10, honour 6, praise 4, dignity 2, worship 1; 168

1) opinion, judgment, view 2) opinion, estimate, whether good or bad concerning someone 2a) in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory 3) splendour, brightness 3a) of the moon, sun, stars 3b) magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace 3c) majesty 3c1) a thing belonging to God 3c1) the kingly majesty which belongs to him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity 3c2) a thing belonging to Christ 3c2a) the kingly majesty of the Messiah 3c2b) the absolutely perfect inward or personal excellency of Christ; the majesty 3c3) of the angels 3c3a) as apparent in their exterior brightness 4) a most glorious condition, most exalted state 4a) of that condition with God the Father in heaven to which Christ was raised after he had achieved his work on earth 4b) the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviour's return from heaven

power 2904 kratov kratos krat'-os perhaps a primary word; AV-power 6, dominion 4, strength 1, mighty + 2596 1; 12 1) force, strength 2) power, might: mighty with great power 2a) a mighty deed, a work of power 3) dominion

Also, "Ė the ability or strength to perform an activity or deed. Power is sometimes used with the word authority. If power suggests physical strength, authority suggests a moral right or privilege. One can have the power to perform a task but not authority to do it. Jesus Christ had both power and authority (Luke 4:36), and He bestowed these upon His followers (Luke 10.19)." Ė Nelsonís Illustrated Bible Dictionary, p. 866.

* Lu 4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word [is] this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

* Lu 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Scripture describing Godís strength and power and their association with each other:

Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.[the meaning of Almighty: 07706 ydv Shadday shad-dah'- ee; AV-Almighty 48; 48 1) almighty, most powerful 1a) Shaddai, the Almighty (of God)

Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Almighty & Power : Re 11:17

Strength and Power : 2Sa 22:33; 1Ch 29:12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

Ps 21:13; Ps 65:6; Ps 68:35; Ps 71:18; Da 2:37 2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Re 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.; Re 12:10

God and Power:

2Sa 22:33 2Ch 14:11 [Asa] 2Ch 20:6

Application :

I will seek Godís strength and power today in prayer by asking for __________________________.

I will ask God to help ________________ who needs Godís strength and power for this special need:

____________________________________________________________________________.

Text of Verses and After Ė Notes

Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.[the meaning of Almighty: 07706 ydv Shadday shad-dah'- ee; AV-Almighty 48; 48 1) almighty, most powerful 1a) Shaddai, the Almighty (of God)

Almighty & Power

Re 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Strength and Power

2Sa 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

1Ch 29:12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

Ps 21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.

Ps 65:6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Ps 68:35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Ps 71:18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Da 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Re 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Re 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

2Sa 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

2Ch 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

2Ch 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

After Notes

Godís strength and His power are closely knit together. His power enables His strength, and His strength manifests His power, and both are often set in contrast to manís powerlessness and weakness. To be sure, man is helpless in His own strength to do Godís will or to manifest a worthy walk like Jesus Christ.2 Cor 10:12 Jesus actually exults in manís weakness because it allows His full glory to be manifested when His power completes works which man begins. When men did ask for that strength and power for His sake Ė they got it (Daniel in the revelation of the Dream of Nebuchadnezzar). God immediately gave it whenever it would bring Him the greatest glory (compare the Red Sea Crossing, Ex 14), and those asking were willing to give Him that glory exclusively (1 Chron 29 Ė David, for example). When men seek His strength and power for the purpose of doing His will, a strong emotion from God can be said to be excited as we saw in the lesson: Fully pleasing Him. The human emotion of seeing God react like this has to be one of the most exquisite joys to be felt by a mortal man.