Unlimited: Appointed in Power
Mar 22, 2022 311
His Son… who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. [[b] was declared with power to be the Son of God] (Romans 1:4).
The first thing Paul tells us about the Gospel is that it is about Jesus. He then tells us that as to his earthly life he was a descendant of David. This means not only that he came to be among us as a real human being, but also that he was qualified, in terms of his ancestry, to be the Messiah, God’s anointed Saviour.
Now Paul gets to the heart of the Gospel when he writes that Jesus was “appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead”.
Paul is saying that something wonderful happened at the resurrection of Jesus. He was appointed “the Son of God in power.”
Jesus was appointed the Son of God in power.
In the New Testament, the title “Son of God” refers to the role of Jesus after his incarnation as the Father’s agent for the salvation of humanity. He is the “Son” because he does the will of the Father in the astonishing work of opening the way of salvation. Jesus manifests the full and irrefutable power of his “Sonship,” with power to save whoever believes, at his resurrection. It is at his resurrection that heaven demonstrates that the Son’s sacrifice has been accepted “through the Spirit of holiness” and that as a result all of sin and death has been defeated for all who believe.
Christ’s “appointment in power” is power for the powerless, power for the downcast, power for the oppressed, power for the world-weary, and power even for the doubting. Which of these categories do you fall into?