The Apple Of God's Eye

February 18, 2010

Seven Proofs Of God’s True Church, Part 4

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This Article Is Proof # 4 Of God’s True Church.

PROOF FOUR: GOD’S POWER

Man has the capability to produce awesome power. Explosion of an atomic bomb. Take the atomic bomb. Upon explosion, there is a brilliant flash, brighter than the morning sun, and an awesome, mushrooming cloud begins to form, instantly rising several thousand feet. Then, moments later, a huge rumbling, ear-splitting shock starts emanating outwards with physical force, just like a blow from some superhuman hand.

This type of atomic blast is only a tiny bomb though, a mere “pip” compared to the giant multimegaton hydrogen bombs of today. Actually, it takes the explosive force of an atom bomb to set off a hydrogen bomb. An atom bomb is just a “match” to ignite a hydrogen bomb.

Air Force planners have considered developing a “Trilloton” H-bomb, named for being equivalent in destructive force to one trillion tons of TNT. Do you grasp what a trillion tons of TNT really is? One million is a thousand thousand. But it takes one thousand million to make a billion. A trillion is one thousand billion!

If one hundred ten-ton trucks had been laboring mightily, dumping their maximum load of TNT once each minute since the time of the birth of Jesus Christ, over 1900 years ago, there would still not be a pile of TNT big enough to represent the destructive force contained in just this one bomb.

If all the tractors, trucks, loaders and earth movers on earth were to labor together for the next century, they couldn’t amass a pile of earth big enough to represent a mound of TNT weighing a trillion tons.

But that’s just the beginning. Compared to even smaller, unnoticed storms on the surface of our sun — even this destructive force is almost nothing in comparison.

And our sun is but a dwarf when compared to other great “suns” or stars in the great universe. That’s real power!

But all this man-made power is nothing compared to the awesome, giant, all-encompassing, unlimited, gargantuan, overwhelming, supreme, absolute power of God! Our God, the God who rules His Church, who sustains it, who listens to your personal, private prayers.

Think of it. What a fantastic amount of power God has. In the first of these seven great proofs of the true Church of God, we saw how God is the great Ruler of all. And God maintains and guards His great position of Ruler by means of His great power.

The power of God is the force by which God made all things. It is the power by which He made the universe. It is the force, the energy, the unlimited power by which He sustains and upholds all things.

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his [a] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his POWER, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Heb. 1:1-3).

That is a glimpse of the power of God.

And that power is available to you. That power is in God’s Church. That power is another of the great proofs of the true Church of God.

Piquant Signs and Wonders

People want a sign. They desire a piquant “wonder.” But Jesus said: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas” (Matt. 16:4).

Yes — the world seeks a sign.

God says: “When thou art come into the land which the Eternal thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Eternal…” (Deut. 18:9-12).

Charlatans parade before deceived people, claiming great healing powers, or claiming power to produce special signs. These “signs,” however, are always in the realm of witchery, of divination, of familiar spirits!

This is not the power of God!

Your Bible predicted there would be many false prophets, and that they would “shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:24).

Simon Magus was reputed to be the “great power of God” (Acts 8:10). Yet his was the power of the devil and his demons. Simon kept his followers deceived by thrilling piquant signs and wonders. “And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries” (Acts 8:11).

Make no mistake. The great proof of the true Church of God, and the power of God, is not by any means a minor point  to be taken lightly.

What Is God’s Power?

Being human — we are impressed with human power. We see the swelling muscles of a weight lifter, the straining efforts of a pole vaulter, the terrific dexterity of a gymnast, or the smashing right of a boxer — and we’re impressed.

Passersby stop to gawk at a giant crane swinging a huge steel ball to smash buildings, a huge bulldozer shoving tons of material, or the giant bites of earth a huge scoop shovel devours as it excavates for a new building. Seeing these man-made machines, humans are impressed.

But what really should be impressive is the manifestation of God’s power.

Compare, in your own mind, the soaring might of a giant Sequoia or Redwood tree to a tiny man. Compare, for a moment, the thundering roar of Niagara, or Victoria on the Zambezi, to a mere man.

Compare the majesty of mighty mountains — the sweep and scope of this vast earth — the surging, tossing expanse of the ageless sea. And then realize that this whole earth is but a tiny speck when compared to our sun, and to other stars in the milky way, or our own galaxy.

But that’s only the remotest beginning. Our sun, the only star of our solar system, is but a “white dwarf” star in comparison to some of the other huge stars of awesome proportions. Betelguese, the supergiant of Orion (as the pagans dubbed one of the distant constellations) is fully five hundred and thirty times larger than our sun — and yet our sun is so gigantic in comparison to the earth as to defy our powers of comprehension.

For example, of the total composition of the entire solar system — that is, the sun, all the nine planets, their thirty-one moons, thousands of asteroids, billions of comets and all other matter in the solar system — the sun comprises nearly 99.9 percent!

Our sun, which, remember, is but a dwarf in comparison to many stars in many galaxies, is 864,000 miles in diameter. “Sunspots,” or solar storms and eruptions, appear as dark, sculptured holes in the “skin” of the sun — and are from five hundred to as much as fifty thousand miles wide!

Other disturbances on the surface take the form of huge, spiraling loops, or solar prominences and arches. Often these arches reach to a height of thirty thousand miles, and bridge a span of more than one hundred twenty-five thousand miles — half the distance separating the earth from the moon.

Leaping, fiery tornadoes — tongues of fiery hydrogen  — shoot up as far as one hundred thousand miles into space! An eruptive arch, one of the largest solar explosions ever recorded, was actually photographed in June of 1946. It remained visible for over two hours — and stretched more than a million miles into space before it disappeared!

But to your human eye these unusual features of the sun’s surface remain obscured behind superbrilliance you can’t look at without special, heavy dark lenses. These prominences must be photographed by the means of huge, specially constructed solar telescopes.

Think of it! Our sun, operating on the exact same principle as the hydrogen bomb, is fantastically huge beside our earth. Yet, the sun is but a dwarf star in comparison to others. Look at the fathomless, limitless universe. That’s power – real power!

The Power of Christ

Jesus Christ was the Word (John 1:1) who did wield all this vast power of creation. “God… hath in these last days spoken unto us by his [a] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Heb. 1:1-3).

Jesus made Betelgeuse, the spiral andromeda, the vastness of the limitless universe, with the billions upon billions of blazing suns and stars. He made this earth, with the huge mountains, the surging seas, the vast prairies and deserts.

But, even possessing this awesome power, He emptied Himself of every bit of it — and came down to this earth — to be born as a totally helpless little child. “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God [counted not equality with God a thing to be grasped at, clung to, or jealously and tenaciously held]: but made himself of no reputation [emptied Himself], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men…” (Phil. 2:6, 7).

Then, as a human being, Jesus Christ showed us how utterly and totally powerless He was.

He said, “I can of mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30). He was utterly unable, so far as any physical strength or ability was concerned, to accomplish the great Work God had sent Him to do. He was powerless.

He said, “The Son can do nothing of himself…” (John 5:19). Yet Jesus had tremendous power. He conquered Satan the devil — He turned the water into wine, healed thousands, cast out demons, fed the thousands, withered the fig tree, paid taxes with a coin from the mouth of a fish. He walked on water, calmed storms, performed hundreds and hundreds of miracles.

But these signs Jesus performed were only a part of the great works to which He pointed. Notice: “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matt. 11:2-5).

Notice — Jesus said the gospel was being preached. The preaching of the message He brought, to even a few hundred, or a few thousand, was one of the great works which Christ said directly proved His Messiahship.

But He did nothing by Himself!

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10).

There was the source of Jesus’ great power. The Father in heaven worked through Jesus as a human instrument.

Jesus Gave Power — But Why?

Jesus Christ not only demonstrated the tremendous power source He had, but also gave that power to others. “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils [demons], and to cure diseases” (Luke 9:1).

But was this power only for healing — and for casting out of demons?

Notice: “And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick” (verse 2).

When Jesus said the works He performed bore witness of Him, He emphasized the gospel He brought — the truth of God.

After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). He told them that great power He had possessed was now His to wield.

Now He was no longer human — no longer weak, physically able to do nothing of Himself — now He was a veritable power source — a dynamo of spiritual power. Now He had the same power that molded the fantastic sun, that compacted the awesome forces into the universe — the power that hurled the giant stars into the blackness of endless trillions of miles of space! Now Jesus was power personified.

What was the big job He intended to accomplish through this power?

“Go ye therefore [in the light of this tremendous power I now have], and teach…” (Matt. 28:19). His first command was to teach, to preach (Mark 16:15) the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

He said: “…Teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world [age]” (Matt. 28:19-20).

Jesus said His great power would always be there — dependable power, constant power, sane, safe, guided, directed power — to accomplish the great commission He was giving His true Church.

You can depend on the rising of the sun — and you know you can. You can depend on the vastness of the power of this gargantuan universe — just as the common, everyday forces, the energies we take for granted are dependable. You depend on inertia, on the law of gravity, on heat, light, and the myriad laws that Christ upholds by the Word of His power.

He said His Church would be imbued with this same power.

“And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me…. And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power [not an empty, meaningless, emotional ‘sensation,’ or some satanic counterfeit, designed to conceal the great meaning of the real power of God], after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:4-8).

Notice — the power was so they could carry His message to the uttermost parts of the earth — not as a sensual thrill to decorate their own persons.

Jesus said His Church today, would be accomplishing even greater works than He accomplished through that great power He supplies.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).

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