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Omnipotence Working Towards Them Who Believe.

Omnipotence Working Towards Them Who Believe.

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BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward
who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the
dead, and set him at his own right hand in heavenly
places EPHES. i. 19, 20.
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward
who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the
dead, and set him at his own right hand in heavenly
places EPHES. i. 19, 20.

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OMIPOTECE WORKIG TOWARDS THEM WHO BELIEVE. BY THE REV. MILES JACKSOAnd what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in heavenly places EPHES. i. 19, 20. THAT the subject of prayer, which is recorded in the context, and partly in the words I have now read, is of very great importance, appears from the consideration, that it is a subject on which those men re quire to be enlightened by the Spirit of God, who are already sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, the earnest of the inhe ritance. The doctrine of the text is, That to us- ward who believe, there is an exceed ing great power, equal to that which raised Christ from the dead, in perpetual and 203 everlasting operation. That human de pravity renders this necessary, and that this which is necessary, is also effectual to all the purposes of divine grace, are points which we may clearly infer from the doc trine, and are at once both humbling and triumphant. We may consider the exercise of this power, in its operation upon the minds of believers, producing and main taining faith and all its holy fruits ; in the
 
dispensations of divine providence in their behalf, as being all ordered for their good ; and in the divine blessing on their labours in the cause of righteousness, whereby they are made the instruments of life and sal vation to others. Thus we may say, that the same power which wrought in Christ when God raised him from the dead, worketh, I. In them. You who are believers indeed, may be abundantly encouraged by the considera tion, That an exceeding greatness of divine power, such as raised Christ from the dead, and exalted him to the right hand of God, actually worketh in you. It wrought in you when you first trusted in Christ, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation ; and it continues to work in you for the strengthening, and finishing of your faith. For faith is the gift of God, and of the operation of God ; and nothing can shew more clearly its importance, than 204 the declaration of the inspired apostle, that this power worketh in them that believe. It is not said to work in us who love, or fear, or obey, though all this is no less true, but, to us-ward who believe : thus intimat ing, that all love, and fear, and obedience, and whatever else may be considered as essentials of the Christian character, are produced through believing ; and, through the same medium, are supported, and per
 
fected, in the hearts and lives of the people of God. To believe in Christ, day by day for pardon and acceptance ; and to rejoice in him, and his favour, as better than life itself, when your iniquities testify against you, when your consciences reprove you for innumerable deviations from the narrow path which leadeth unto life, and for <*11 the earthliness, coldness, and disproportionate love, purity, and devotedness, which you manifest, in return for all the riches of di vine grace, would be impossible, were it not for the power which worketh in you. But, that unction from the Holy One, that anointing which remaineth in you, leads you, in opposition to all your fears, appre hensions, and discouragements, to him who hath borne your griefs, and carried your sorrows ; and enables you, and will con tinue to enable you, by a believing view of the plenteousness of redemption which there is with him, daily to commit your souls to his keeping, to magnify the Lord, and to rejoice in God your Saviour. 205 Under an impression, then, that this Al mighty power worketh in you, go forth against all your spiritual enemies, conquer ing and to conquer. It is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Who then shall separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord ? And how shall sin have dominion over you ? The Lord himself shall destroy your sin, and bruise Satan under your feet shortly. With his own

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