No doubt in this kingdom the Holy Spirit is the power of God. In Acts 1:8 the Bible made it clear: ‘But ye shall receive POWER after the HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU'. Now that's self-explanatory: power only comes after the Holy Spirit is resident in our lives! This is further confirmed in Acts 10:38, Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and then power! If you read in Acts 4:31-33 you will notice the same sequence: they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and then great grace(power) was upon them!
Acts 4:31-33, ‘And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
The Holy Ghost is the embodiment and carrier of God's power! When He is resident in our lives his power flows through us! But much more there is a dimension of his power that had Paul thinking: 'that I may know him and the power of his resurrection'. It is the resurrection power or the resurrection dimension of the working of the power of the Holy Spirit!
Yes, it is the same Holy Spirit but with different dimensions of workings and administration. In Isaiah 11:1-3 we see how the same Holy Spirit works in different dimensions in the life of Jesus providing a picture of how it should work in our lives as believers! This is the same with his power: it has a different dimension to its workings! But there is the resurrection dimension of that power which we are told is the 'exceeding greatness' of the working of God's power (Ephesians 1:17-20)! This is the first description of that resurrection power: it is exceedingly great in its working!
Ephesians 1:17-20, ‘That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places’
Going back a bit on our Bible pages we see another description of this power by Paul in Romans 8:11, 'If the Spirit of him that raised Christ from the dead dwelleth in you, THAT SAME SPIRIT WILL QUICKEN...' This dimension of God's power as we see here is self-quickening and self-activated! It goes to work on its own! It brings what is dead back to life on its own!
Picture this, Jesus was dead in the grave, sealed in a tomb with no means to escape, deserted as it were by all, even by the father but still carrying the Holy Spirit in his dead body! This seems dormant in the grave after the passage of two days! But on the third day, the resurrection power went to work on its own! It began to quicken Christ's dead body, revitalizing every dead cell and reawakening every dead bone!
And then Jesus without been called forth came forth! All on his own! Hallelujah! The self-quickening power of God was at work and the son of God came back from the dead!
This resurrection season whatever is dead in your life is coming back to life of its own accord in Jesus name!!! Amen!
Earlier in the Old Testament, we see a bit of this power at work. A dead corpse was put on Elisha's grave and then the unthinkable happened, a dead corpse woke up another dead corpse! Here again, the power of God was self-activated! It was the resurrection power of God!
With the resurrection power, you don't need to call forth before it comes forth; the resurrection power is a self- quickening power. It was the power that conquered grave, it's in you and that same power is also available to you today. That was the essence of what Paul was writing in Ephesians 1:17-20 that this exceeding great power which was wrought in Christ is also available to you today!