The Revelation of Resurrection Power…IN US!

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.

For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. 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! 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.

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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7 Responses to The Revelation of Resurrection Power…IN US!

  1. jeffw5382 says:

    Lovely-I didn’t change my mind, my mind was changed, through Faith, which I consider a precious Gift.

  2. “Yes, you are losing your mind…the good news is, you’re gaining His!” LOL! Good one, Mel. It’s true, too.

    Spiritual things really have to be discerned spiritually, you have to have the eyes to see, and our faith is filled with so many paradoxes.”Dying to self” is really resurrection, losing your mind is actually gaining His, and to “suffer for the gospel” is revelation, power, joy.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Exactly. The last shall be first, the weak are strong, the poor are rich, the humble are lifted up….we’re in Him because He’s in us, so that God can turn the world upside-down through us! 🙂

  3. You know, when different Bible versions use words like; “dismantle”, “obliterate”, “abolish”, to describe what Jesus did to every effect of DEATH (II Tim 1:10)… I wonder how far reaching and inclusive the power of those words go? Does it just affect the ethereal spiritual type stuff… OR does it really apply to our ‘ticker stopping’ type death stuff? And if “it’s appointed unto man once to die and the judgment” (Heb 9:27), then what about, I’ve already “died and my life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3)? Will I have to die twice… since I’ve already died once?

    Just asking for a friend….

    • Mel Wild says:

      “and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Jesus – John 11:26)

      “Jesus answered, “If I want Mark Hendrickson to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (John 21:22) Slight paraphrase… 🙂

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