Thursday, April 09, 2020

God Power-Shares and Love-Shares with Us

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(Redeemer lobby)

In these troubled times churches need an outbreak of the tangible, felt, experienced, non-theoretical power of God. The good news is that it is promised to us, and is available.

What is this power of God? A.W. Tozer writes:

“The power of God, then, is not something God has; 
it is something God is.”

Tozer, Born After Midnight, p. 27

God doesn't have power, as if power were something he does not have in his being, but could acquire. God's power is not acquired power. It is power in esse. Which is to say, God's power is his very being; thus, God is power, like a triangle is three-sided. Just as a triangle cannot be other than three-sided, God cannot not be power. 

In the same way, God is love. God cannot not-love. Because God's love is in esse, his being, all that God thinks and says and does is love. 

What this means for us is this: God power-shares and love-shares with us. God invites us into his being (John 14-17). We are to connect with him, as a branch abides in a vine. The resources of the vine, what the vine is in its essence, flow into the branch. 

This is God's esse, coursing through me. This is why Jesus can say, 

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me 
will do the works I have been doing, 
and they will do even greater things than these, 
because I am going to the Father.
John 14:12

To do what Jesus did while on the earth requires power and  love that are not of this earth. 

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