– A.B. Simpson
Did you know that when you access the Word of God, it has power within it? Yes, it does. God says that when He sends out His Word, it will accomplish exactly what He sent it out to do (Isaiah 55:11), and the power is within the Gospel, too. It has the power to save (Rom. 1:16), but it takes hearing the Word, reading the Word, and speaking the Word for people to know the Word.
When we are born again (“from above” in the Greek), we become the children of God. As children of God, we now have the Spirit of God, and the Holy Spirit enables us to produce godly fruit like “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness [and] self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23a). Try producing that fruit in the strength of your flesh. I have tried. It doesn’t work. Remember, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Tim. 1:7), and you have access to God through the Spirit of God. Sometimes “we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Rom. 8:26-27).
The Old Testament prophets had access to that miracle-working power of God. It was really God’s power and not theirs, but God would use men to display His power in order to show that He was God and that all other gods were no gods at all. Elijah called fire down from heaven (2 Kings 1:12), but he was not that fire. When the ax head dropped into the water, Elisha threw a stick in that spot. The ax head floated, but Elisha didn’t make it float. When Joshua said “sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped” (Joshua 10:12b-13a), Joshua didn’t make the Earth stop. This was 100% God’s power, but He is sometimes pleased when He displays His power through believers so that He is glorified.
God’s promises are sure, and amen. But ours? Not so much. The Book of Hebrews shows us the superiority of Christ over the priesthood. For one thing, Jesus is the “Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises” (Heb. 8:6b), and “He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (Heb. 9:15). This translates into eternal life for all who repent and believe (Mark 1:15) and confess the Lord as Savior and King (Rom 10:9-13). At that moment, they receive eternal life (John 3:16) and shall never be snatched out of Jesus or the Father’s hands (John 10:28-29). The boundless resources of God include His promises.
Our God has boundless resources, and His resources include the power found in God’s Word, the power found in His Spirit, the power found through answered prayer, and the power of His promises, which are surer than the sunrise tomorrow.