I talked last time about the invitation into God’s Eternal life-flow which not only allows intimate communion with Him 24/7—no distance or separation—but also releases His grace, love, and total well-being into our souls. This time I want to look at how the revelation of God’s resurrection power not only dismantles fear but also obliterates every aspect of death in our lives!
It would be easy for us to give into fear and live under the impression that we’re powerless to affect our situation in the current pandemic-driven environment. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Continuing on in Paul’s second letter to Timothy, I want to show you something absolutely astonishing when you dig into it. I will put the whole passage below and comment on the highlighted parts.
7 For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. 8 So never be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor be embarrassed over my imprisonment, but overcome every evil by the revelation of the power of God! 9 He gave us resurrection life and drew us to himself by his holy calling on our lives. And it wasn’t because of any good we have done, but by his divine pleasure and marvelous grace that confirmed our union with the anointed Jesus, even before time began! 10 This truth is now being unveiled by the revelation of the anointed Jesus, our life-giver, who has dismantled death, obliterating all its effects on our lives, and has manifested his immortal life in us by the gospel. (2 Tim.1:7-10 TPT*)
Before we get started, I submit that everything here is obtained by way of revelation, which is that “aha!” moment when our eyes are opened to a truth that changes everything. We receive this revelation by faith, for you won’t see Kingdom realities until you believe, for they don’t come by human logic but by divine revelation.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor.2:13-14 NKJV*)
But once you do see these things, you can’t unsee them.
The first part of the passage in second Timothy is very familiar to us. When we realize who lives in us, the spirit of fear cannot stay! For Holy Spirit has given us His power, love, and self-control. The NKJV says “sound mind.” Both renderings are appropriate because we’ve been given the mind of Christ and self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (1 Cor.2:16; Gal.5:22-23).
Yes, you are losing your mind…the good news is, you’re gaining His! (See Rom.12:2)
The next part is a little puzzling if you’re used to traditional translations, but I think the Passion Translation (TPT) can actually help us here:
“…but overcome every evil by the revelation of the power of God! (TPT*)
What’s puzzling is what I highlighted. Here’s a more traditional rendering:
“…but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.” (NKJV*)
Why the difference in translations? First, TPT is using Aramaic manuscripts, which have some minor differences from the Greek manuscripts. But they are actually telling us the same thing.
“Sufferings for the gospel” is not just meant to cheer us up when we get persecuted or suffer loss. (And it’s especially not talking about when we suffer ridicule for acting like an ungracious idiot with the gospel!) It’s talking about something much more profound!
To “suffer for the gospel” here means that when you and I submit ourselves to its influence with childlike faith, despite any persecution, ridicule, or perceived loss that may result, we begin to see and experience God’s resurrection power that’s been latent within us! Thus, “the revelation of the power of God” is directly related to “suffering for the Gospel.”
As you and I “suffer” (because we’ve brought our lives under God’s government and Kingdom reality), Paul’s prayer for us in Ephesians is realized:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Eph.1:18-19 NIV*)
Paul goes on in Second Timothy, “This truth is now being unveiled….” This resurrection life-power was previously a hidden mystery (Col.1:27), now is being revealed for all to see. It’s the same power that raised Jesus from the dead…IN YOU! Beloved, it is THIS resurrection power that’s latent potential within you right now, ready to be realized in your life! (See Rom.8:11).
This is more than that God will raise up my dead body at the resurrection (which He will!), for it says the following:
“Jesus, our life-giver, who has dismantled death, obliterating all its effects on our lives, and has manifested his immortal life in us by the gospel. (2 Tim.1:10 TPT*)
In other words, Jesus not only came to give us His life, but also came to obliterate every effect of death in our lives! Death, in this sense, is everything that was stolen from us at the fall, every lie we believe that keeps us in fear and bondage, every aspect of our wounded soul is to be made whole and resonate with His vibrant life. He does this by manifesting (we experience) His immortal life residing IN us!
This is what’s available to us right now through the revelation of His resurrection power! And God has hidden this for us since before time began.