His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.
Matthew 14 and 15 recount the miracles of Jesus feeding the five thousand and the four thousand who had come to hear Him teach. We also read in these chapters the accounts of Jesus walking on water and stilling the storm. The response of the disciples was to worship Him and to proclaim,
Truly You are the Son of God! (Matthew 14:33) Paul describes the insight he has into the mystery of Christ made known to Him by the Spirit of God in Ephesians 3:3: Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is the mystery made known to be by revelation. He preaches not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (I Corinthians 1:17) Paul knew that God’s grace was at work through the cross.
Understanding the power of Christ demonstrated through the cross and the resurrection enables us to grab hold of the power demonstrated in the kingdom of God. Throughout the gospels we read about the miracles Jesus performed. Jesus told His disciples that when He came to earth God’s kingdom had arrived. Evidence of that kingdom was seen in signs, wonders, and miracles.
As believers, the kingdom is within us; therefore, the power of the kingdom is the power of Christ within us. As we read the stories of the miracles written so long ago, let us keep in mind that the same power that was demonstrated then is available to us now if we open our “kingdom eyes” to see and believe.
Paul understood that it was not his persuasive words that had power, but it was the power of the Spirit. (I Corinthians 2:4) Help me to grab hold of this truth, that You are just as powerful today as You were when You walked this earth. I release to You all unbelief that keeps me from seeing a demonstration of Your signs and wonders today.
In Jesus’ name, Amen