Spiritual Gifts │ The Gift of Works of Powers

 

SPIRITUAL GIFTS SERIES

The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers

Class of Gift: Service 

“Works of Powers”

1 Corinthians 12:10

Section One

Introduction

1.1 Every Born-Again Christian Has at Least One Spiritual Gift.  You must be born again to understand spiritual truths; click this link now if you do not understand what born again means. Every born-again believer in Jesus Christ has received a spiritual gift from the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, page 1796). Please recall also that one spiritual gift may have a variety of ministries (“διακονιῶν”), with a variety of spiritual effects (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, page 1796). Therefore, if you have the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers, that single gift may result in a variety of ministries and spiritual effects. Although not all believers may have the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers, God may display His power in their lives in various ways. At the moment of salvation, God came into your life and brought all of His powers with Him. As you travel through this study, please keep in mind that when I describe various ministries associated with the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers, I am not making a statement about whether all the ministries of The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers are functioning today, but rather I seek to describe the New Testament evidence of how The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers operated in the New Testament. I remain cautious about each display of works of power today, and each work of power must be examined carefully in light of all the evidence of Scripture.

1.2 The Uniqueness of The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers. The New American Standard Bible translates the spiritual gift as “effecting of miracles.” I submit that  a more accurate translation, in light of the usages below, would be “works of powers.” Not all believers possess “powers” as a spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:29, page 1797). Notice that in 1 Corinthians 12:29 page 12:29, God did not describe the spiritual gift as works of powers (1 Corinthians 12:10, page 1796), but simply as  “powers” (notice that the other gifts are referenced by nouns, “apostles”, “prophets,” teachers”), drawing attention to the believer who had the spiritual gift. Not every believer possesses The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers. The believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a very diverse ministry of helping different people experience the diverse powers of God. The believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers should remember that not every believer has the same gift, and so the believer should not get puffed up over the special gift of works of powers.

1.3 Applications. As I went through this study, I continually faced the challenge of what powers could be included in The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers. I quickly concluded that limiting those “powers” to “miracles” did not do justice to the other uses of the term “powers” in the New Testament. But how expansive are those “powers” at work in The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers”? I often think of Jesus as the perfect example of the believer’s life, and how He demonstrated so many applications of different spiritual gifts. Yet, I was uncomfortable with the idea that a believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers could exercise all of His powers. So, I left that question open. Likewise, English Bibles in some contexts tend to translate the term “power” as ability to do things, or not.  I therefore asked myself how those “abilities” intersected with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers. I made choices below about how to apply different terms to The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers, but, of course, please let me know if you see other applications of powers described below within The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers.

1.4 Further Study. This study looks at the New Testament uses of the term “power” as that word was used in the phrase Works of Powers (“ἐνεργήματα δυνάμεων“) (1 Corinthians 12:10, page 1796). At times, I will characterize the substance of The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers and at other times I will describe the activity of believers possessing The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers. I believe they are directly related. I also prepared a longer study of the term “power” in the New Testament which you ca find here:  Power in the New Testament.

Section Two

Wonders, Signs and Powers

2.1 Jesus and Powers and Wonders and Signs. Jesus displayed powers, wonders and signs. We know that God used different words to describe miracles, wonders and signs, but God used all three of those things to attest to the identity and mission of Jesus the Nazarene.  Likewise, the signs of  a true apostle included performing signs, wonders and miracles (2 Corinthians 12:12, page 1796).

2.1.1 Jesus and Powers.  As Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem in triumph, the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God joyfully with a a loud voice for all the powers (“δυνάμεων”) which they had seen (Luke 19:37, page 1639). Jesus had amazed the crowds in different ways during His ministry, including healing people and casting out many demons (Mark 1:34, page 1555).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of displaying powers so that unbelievers may come to salvation.

2.1.2 Jesus and His Signs. Some of the Pharisees asked about Jesus: “How can (“δύναται”) a man who is a sinner perform such signs” (John 9:16, page 1673).  Many of the works of powers Jesus performed using His hands (Mark 6:2, page 1567; likewise His apostles in  Acts 5:12, page 1707; Acts 4:29-30, page 1706).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of performing signs, particularly with his hands, so that unbelievers come to salvation.

2.1.3 Jesus and His Wonders. Peter preached to the men of Israel at Pentecost that Jesus the Nazarene was a man attested (“ἀποδεδειγμένον”) to you by God with miracles (“δυνάμεσι”) and wonders (“τέρασι”) and signs (“σημείοις”) which God performed through Him in our midst, as they knew (Acts 2:22, page 1701).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of performing wonders so that people may come to salvation.

Wonders

2.2 Wonders. The term miracles (“δυνάμεσι”) will be discussed extensively below, but first we we will have a brief look at the term wonders (“τέρασι”). In the New Testament, the term “wonders” (“τέρατα“) only appeared in conjunction with “signs and wonders” (“σημεῖα καὶ τέρατα“), but the term signs (“σημεῖα“) occurred at times without reference to “wonders” (e.g., Matthew 16:3, Page 1529–signs of the times).   The signs and wonders occurred in conjunction with preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and confirmed the preaching as from God and created keen interest in the people. In the letter to the Hebrews, we read that Jesus preached about the great salvation, and it was confirmed to the Hebrews by those who heard, with God actively testifying with signs (“σημείοις”) and wonders (“τέρασιν”) and various powers (“ποικίλαις δυνάμεσιν“)  and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will (Hebrews 2:4, page 1870). Therefore, we see that signs, wonders, various powers, and gift of the Holy Spirit all provided God’s testimony concerning the great salvation and the veracity of those people who preached it as followers of Jesus Christ.

2.2.1 Wonders in the Old Testament. Although the terms “owners” in the New Testament always occurs with the term “signs” nearby, in the Old Testament God did always link the two terms together. In the Old Testament, God spoke about wonders performed at different times for different reasons. The New American Standard Bible translated several Hebrew terms as “wonders.”

2.2.1.1 Pharaoh.  God put the wonders (“הַמֹּפְתִים”) into the hand (“בְיָדֶךָ”) of Moses to perform before Pharaoh (Exodus 4:21, page 93). We know that those wonders included supernatural events designed to turn the heart of Pharaoh so that he would release the people of Israel. God also spoke: I will multiply My signs (“אֹתֹתַי”) and My wonders (“מוֹפְתַי”) in Egypt to persuade Pharaoh (Exodus 7:3, page 97). God raised up Pharaoh for to demonstrate the power (“τὴν δύναμίν“) in Pharaoh, and that the Name of God may be proclaimed throughout the whole earth (Romans 9:17, page 1771, quoting Exodus 9:16, page 101–Hebrew “My power” (“כֹּחִי”)).

2.2.1.2 The Jordan. God commanded the people of Israel to consecrate themselves, for on the next day God was going to perform wonders (“נִפְלָאוֹת”) among them in crossing the Jordan; they would walk across on dry land (Joshua 3:5, page 150).

2.2.1.3 Manoah and His WifeGod announced the birth of Samson to his parents, Manoah and his wife. The angel of the LORD performed “wonders” (“מַפְלִא”) before them and told them that his name was “wonderful” (“פֶלִאי”) (Judges 13:18, page 414).

2.2.1.4 David. David said he would tell of all the wonders (“נִפְלְאוֹתֶיךָ”) of the LORD (Psalm 9:1, page 862; Psalm 26:7, page 878; Psalm 40:5, pages 893-894). In fact, David proclaimed that only the LORD God, the God of Israel, performed “wonders” (“נִפְלָאוֹת”) (Psalm 72:18, pages 924-925; Psalm 136:4, page 990). The LORD has made His wonders (“נִפְלְאוֹתָיו”) to be remembered (Psalm 111:4, page 969) and meditated upon (Psalm 119:27, page 975).24.2.1.5 Isaiah. Isaiah also gave thanks because the LORD had worked wonder (“פֶּלֶא”), plans formed long ago (Isaiah 25:1, page 1106).

2.2.1.6 Daniel. God revealed to Daniel that great distress will come upon the earth, but Daniel’s people written in the book will be rescued. Then a resurrection will take place, some to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly and lead many to righteousness. Daniel was told to seal up those words in a book (Daniel 12:1-5, page 1411). Daniel questioned how long it would be until the end of these wonders (“הַפְּלָאוֹת”) (Daniel 12:6, page 1411).

2.2.1.7 Joel. The prophet Joel described the wonders (“מוֹפְתִים”) in the sky (“בַּשָּׁמַיִם”) and on the earth (“וּבָאָרֶץ”), blood, fire, columns of smoke (Joel 2:28, page 1432; Acts 2:17-21, page 1701). In those last days prophesied by Joel, great wonders will take place upon the earth and in sky, before the Lord Jesus returns to earth.

2.2.3 The Power of Wonders. The term “wonders” (“τεράτων“)  refers to some act so exceptional that it provokes keen attention. The Lord testified to the word of grace preached by the apostles, granting that signs and wonders (“σημεῖα καὶ τέρατα“–wonders always occurred in connection with signs; not all signs were accompanied by wonders) be done by their hands (Acts 14;3, page 1727–notice the hands of God at work in healings (Acts 4:30, page 1706)).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God may grant that signs and wonders be done to draw attention the ministry of people sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples.

Signs

2.3 The Importance of Signs. The term “signs” (“σημείων“) means: (a) an event that identifies the authority for certain acts; and (b) an herald of something significant about to happen (sort of a preordained timestamp for identification).

2.3.1 Signs and Identification. Jesus turned water into wine. That event was the beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and He displayed His glory and His disciples believed in Him (John 2:1-12, page 1656). Therefore, we may glean that a “sign” displays the glory of God and causes people to believe in God. False  Christs and false prophets may also show great signs and wonders (“σημεῖα μεγάλα καὶ τέρατα“) to mislead the elect, if possible (“δυνατόν”) (Matthew 24:24, page 1545 and Mark 13:22, page 1585; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9, pages 1851-1852–man of lawlessness; Matthew 7:22, page 1511– many miracles (“δυνάμεις πολλὰς“) in the name of Christ; see also Romans 8:38, page 1770–evil powers that oppose the love of God; Revelation 13:3, page 1928–the dragon gave the beast from the sea his power (“τὴν δύναμιν αὐτοῦ“) to do evil; Revelation 17:13, page 1934–the ten kings receive power and give it to the beast).  Angels also have greater might (“ἰσχύϊ”) and power (“δυνάμει”) than humans, but they do not bring reviling judgments against angelic majesties (2 Peter 2:10-11, page 1902; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, page 1851). Jesus rebuked people for not believing in Him without “signs and wonders” (“σημεῖα καὶ τέρατα“) (John 4:48, page 1661).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of seeing signs produced by God to identify the works of God being to herald future events and identify God’s plans.

2.3.2 Timestamp for Identification.  After the future tribulation and after the powers of heaven (” αἱ δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν“) will be shaken (“σαλευθήσονται”), then the sign (” τὸ σημεῖον“) of he Son of Man will appear in the sky, and He shall come on the clouds with power (“δυνάμεως”) and great glory  (Matthew 24:29-30, pages 1545-1546; Mark 13:24-27, page 1585; Luke 21:26-27, page 1643). Notice the timing here: Tribulation, power of heaven shaken, sign of the Son of Man appears, then the Son of Man comes on the clouds with power. Similarly, Jesus also said that the high priest, all the chief priests, and the elders would see Jesus, the Son of Man, sitting at the right hand of the power (“τῆς δυνάμεως“), and coming with the Clouds of heaven (Mark 14:62, page 1589; Luke 22:69, page 1647). The signs act as a timestamp, indicating the imminent appearance of Jesus.

2.3.3 Unbelief and Signs and Wonders. As Jesus traveled to the home of Jairus, a royal official whose son was sick. As Jairus implored Jesus to come heal the child, Jesus said to him: “Unless you see signs and powers, you will not believe” (John 4:48, page 1661). Jesus meant in that context that some people only believe in Jesus as Savior if they see signs and powers. Notice the clear connection between saving faith and signs and wonders.

2.3.4 The Power of the Spirit. Paul’s ministry was also characterized by the power of the Spirit (“ἐν δυνάμει πνεύματος“). At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles, just as Jesus promised (John 14:17, page 1685; John 20:22-23, page 1696; Acts 1:8, page 1699). The Holy Spirit empowered believers to speak, act and glorify God in many different ways. God placed the members in the Body of Christ just as He desired (“1 Corinthians 12:18, page 1797).  The Holy Spirit distributed spiritual gifts as He wished (1 Corinthians 12:11, page 1796). At the same time, Jesus gave gifts to men (Ephesians 4:8-9, page 1830). In fact, God has given every believer a spirit of power (“δυνάμεως”) and love and discipline (1 Timothy 1:7, page 1861).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of the Holy Spirit empowering the believer to speak, act and glorify God in many different ways.

2.3.5 Stephen and the Power of Wonders and Signs. Stephen, full of grace and power (“δυνάμεως”), was performing great wonders and signs among the people (Acts 6:8, page 1710). Please notice here that the grace and power led to performing great wonders and signs.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of performing great wonders and signs among the people, while filled with grace and power.

2.3.6 Philip and the Power of Signs and Wonders. After Jesus ascended to heaven, Philip went down to the city of Samaria, proclaiming Christ to them. “The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs (“τὰ σημεῖα“) which he was performing” (Acts 8:6, page 1714). Those signs included casting out many unclean spirits (“πνεύματα ἀκάθαρτα“), and many people paralyzed (” παραλελυμένο“) and lame (“ωλοὶ”) were healed (“ἐθεραπεύθησαν”), and the city rejoiced much (Acts 8:7-8, page 1714).  Even Simon,  the One Called the Great Power of God (“ δύναμις τοῦ θεοῦ  καλουμένη Μεγάλη“) attention to Philip and his words and deeds. The people of Samaria gave him  attention because he astonished (“μαγείαις”) them with his magic arts (“ἐξεστακέναι”) (Acts 8:9-11, page 1714). Philip was preaching good news (“εὐαγγελιζομένῳ”) about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ and they baptized men and women. Even Simon himself was baptized, as he observed signs (“τε σημεῖα“) and great works of power (“δυνάμεις μεγάλας“) taking place, and Simon was constantly amazed (“ἐξίστατο”) (Acts 8:13, page 1714).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of traveling to enemy territory and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while performing signs and great works of power, so that even magicians are astonished and baptized.

2.3.7 False Witnesses. In 2 Thessalonians 2:9, page 1852, we read about the coming man of lawlessness, who coming is in accord with satan, with all power (“πάσῃ δυνάμει“) and signs (“σημείοις”) and false wonders (“τέρασιν ψεύδους“).

Powers

2.4 Displays of PowerGod displayed His power throughout human history. His power upholds all things.

2.4.1 The Exodus and The Power of Signs and Wonders. Moses performed “signs and wonders” (“τέρατα καὶ σημεῖα“) in the land of Egypt and the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years  (Acts 7:36, page 1712). Although Moses did not have a spiritual gift because the Holy Spirit was not yet given, God performed many signs through Moses, so that everyone would know “I AM the LORD” (Exodus 10:1-2, page 102). Using signs and wonders, God led His people as King of Israel (Exodus 13:21, page 1309-1310; 1 Samuel 8:7, page 448). 

2.4.1.1 The Power of Fire. Some Old Testament saints quenched the power (“δύναμιν”)  of fire (Hebrews 11:34, page 1883).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of  quenching physical fire.

2.4.2 Stephen. Stephen, apparently one of the first deacons, was full of grace and power (“δυνάμεως“), performing great wonders (“τέρατα”) and signs (“σημεῖα“) among the people (Acts 6:8, pages 1709-1710).

2.4.3 Apostles. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that “The signs (“τὰ σημεῖα“) of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance (“ὑπομονῇ”), by signs (“σημείοις“) and wonders (“τέρασιν”) and various powers (“ποικίλαις δυνάμεσιν“) (1 Corinthians 12:12, page 1796). Anyone claiming that Paul was not an apostle must contend with the obvious proof of his apostleship, including the signs, wonders and miracles he performed.

2.4.3.1 Paul and Signs and Wonders. Christ worked in Paul to produce the obedience of the Gentiles. Paul’s preaching was characterized by words and deeds (“λόγῳ καὶ ἔργῳ“), in the power of signs and wonders (“ἐν δυνάμει σημείων καὶ τεράτων“), in the power of the Spirit (“ἐν δυνάμει πνεύματος“) (Romans 15:18-19, page 1779). The two phrases associated with power help us understand how the power worked. Let us have a closer look at each of those two phrases. 

2.4.3.1.1 In The Power of Signs and Wonders. The first phrase, “in the power of signs and wonders,” requires special attention.  When the messengers started to receive the attention, they carefully and promptly directed the attention back to God and His message (Acts 3:12, page 1704; Acts 14:8-23, pages 1727-1728;  compare Acts 12:20-23, pages 1723-1724).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of identifying previous works of powers by God for the purpose of showing His great salvation throughout history.

2.4.3.1.2 In The Power of the Spirit. The second phrase, “in the power of the Spirit,” identifies the role of the Holy Spirit producing “power” in the ministry of Paul.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating the power of the Spirit, producing all kinds of works of powers in the believer to the glory of God and the building up of the body of Christ.

2.4.3.1.3 Paul and The Power of Signs and Wonders.   Please notice that Paul ministered in the power of signs and wonders (“ἐν δυνάμει σημείων καὶ τεράτων“). In passing, two spiritual gifts are described as sign gifts: The Spiritual Gift of Tongues (1 Corinthians 14:22–sign (“σημεῖόν”) to unbelievers) and The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:22, page 1799–sign to believers). Therefore, we know that The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may be accompanied by signs and wonders.

 Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating the power of signs and wonders.

Section Three

Meaning of the Terms ” “Miracles,” “Works” and “Powers”

3.1 The New Testament Diversity of the Term “Miracles, In 1 Corinthians 12:10, 15:1-3, Paul used the term “miracles” (“δυνάμεων”). That exact form only occurs twice outside of 1 Corinthians 12:10. In Luke 19:37, the whole crowd began to praise God joyfully for the miracles (“δυνάμεων”) they had seen. In 1 Peter 3:22, after all “powers” (“δυνάμεων”) had been subjected to Jesus, He took seat at the right hand of God in heaven. Notice the the translation “powers.”   The different terms frequently translated “miracle” occurs at times without direct reference to a healing or casting out spirits.

3.2 The New Testament Diversity of the Term “Works. The Greek term translated as “works” (“ἐνεργήματα“–noun nominative plural) only occurs in 1 Corinthians 12:10, page 1796). The same root word (“ἐνεργημάτων“–noun genitive plural) appears in 1 Corinthians 12:6, page 1796; there it describes the variety of effects. So, I find it interesting that this spiritual gift only has one other use in the entire New Testament. Paul meant that just as the different ministries produce a variety of effects, so also God produces  works of powers. I prefer not to translate “effects” (noun) as a participle (“effecting”) because of the structure of the rest of the passage, as discussed in Chapter 2 above. The word “powers” (genitive plural ) described the “works” (neuter plural). The emphasis with the participle gives the idea that the miracles are primary, but the original text emphasized the particular type of works. The rich background of God’s works and the structural pattern of 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, page 1796,  cause me to prefer my translation: “works of powers.”

3.3 Meaning of the Term “Powers.” As we have observed with the other spiritual gifts, Paul did not define the different ministries of each spiritual gift. Therefore, I submit that we can look at the New Testament usage of the terms employed to describe each gift to understand how one spiritual gift may result in a variety different ministries. Of course, Paul also wrote to people familiar with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers, but God also revealed The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers for us. Therefore, we need to study The Spiritual Gift of Works of Power to understand how it functions in the Body of Christ. The term translated in the New American Standard Bible as “miracles” (“δυνάμεων“) in 1 Corinthian 12:10, page 1796, deserves careful study. As above, I prefer to identify the gift as the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers (“ἐνεργήματα δυνάμεων“; see also 1 Corinthians 12:28, page 1797). The terms for “powers” has a wide range of meaning and deserves careful study. I chose to translate the term as “powers,” because of the ministries associated with “powers.”  The New Testament contains many references to the root word “powers” (“δύναμις”), and the context must determine the best translation. I also expanded this study to include similar words to the root word, as provided below with the Greek words in parentheses. As always, God described the Bible as His revelation, and used particular words to make His revelation. The words count and all the words really matter (verbal and plenary inspiration). We must pay close attention to each word God chose to communicate with us.

3.4 The New Testament Diversity of the Term “Powers.” The root term “power” (“δύναμις“) occurs many times in various forms in the Net Testament. It has a variety of related meanings.

3.4.1 The Ministry of Works of Powers. This study looks at the New Testament uses of the term “power” as that word was used in the phrase Works of Powers (“ἐνεργήματα δυνάμεων“) (1 Corinthians 12:10, page 1796). At times, I will characterize the substance of The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers and at other times I will describe the activity of believers possessing The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers. I believe they are directly related.

3.4.2 Riches. In the Book of Revelation, the New American Standard Bible translates “power” to mean “riches;” God described Babylon as making merchants of the earth rich by the wealth (“τῆς δυνάμεως“) of her sensuality (Revelation 18:3, page 1934). So, the term power may also refer to earthly riches.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of overcoming the power of riches by the power of God.

3.4.3 The Power of Kings. When a king prepares to battle another king, he must first consider whether he is strong (“δυνατός”) enough to meet the enemy’s larger army (Luke 14:31, page 1630).  Please notice that the strength does not mean numerical equality or superiority.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of considering whether a person is strong enough spiritually to overcome a stronger enemy force.

3.4.4 Voice of a Great Multitude. In the future, something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven will say: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power (“δύναμις”) belong to our God,” because the great harlot has been judged (Revelation 19:1-2, page 1936).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of overcoming evil powers by the salvation, glory and power which belong to God.

3.4.5 Able. At times, the term “powers” refers to the ability to do things. The term “powers” occurs as “able to do” and “unable to do.” 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people find and use the ability of the power of God working within them to come to faith and to help believers use and increase their faith so that they stop doing things displeasing to God and start using the power of God to please Him in more and greater ways.

3.4.6 Unable. At times, the term “powers” means unable to do something. As we study these individual examples, keep in mind that the power of God may greatly influence what we are unable to do. I have divided these unable to do things into different categories.

 

Section Four

God and His Powers

4.1 The Powers of God. God exists eternally in three divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They share all the same attributes and are one. They all exist at the same time and occupy the entire universe and beyond. They each have all knowledge (omniscience), all power (omnipotence), and are present everywhere (omnipresence) and never change (immutability). They are all righteous, holy and good, among many other things. They also display their power to make themselves known.

Resurrection

4.2 Able To Raise the Dead. Abraham considered God able (“δυνατὸς”) to raise Isaac from the dead (Hebrews 11:19, page 1883).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of raising the dead by the power of God.

Plans

4.3 No Power To Overthrow. Gamaliel warned: if the apostles followed the plan or action of God, then the Council would not be able (“οὐ δυνήσεσθε“) to overthrow them” (Acts 5:39, page 1709).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of making plans by the power of God that no human will be able to overthrow.

Power in Salvation

4.4 The Power of God and Salvation. Paul declared that he was not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God (“δύναμις θεοῦ“) of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16, page 1758). Closely related to The Spiritual Gift of Evangelist, The Spiritual Gift of Works of Power involves the power of God for salvation.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of proclaiming the power of God for salvation, and otherwise manifesting the power of God for salvation.

Power in the Cross

4.5 The Power of God and the Word of the CrossThe word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (” δύναμις θεοῦ“) (1 Corinthians 1:18, pages 1782-1783).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who think the word of the cross is foolishness, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God.

Supreme Power

4.6 The Surpassing Power of God. Paul revealed the great persecutions and struggles that he faced as a believer. He lived knowing about the treasure in earthen vessels possessed by all believers. That treasure inside him provided the surpassing greatness of the power (“τῆς δυνάμεως“) of God and not from ourselves; with that power, Paul could do all things and triumph over all persecutions, struggles and afflictions.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of doing all things and triumphing over all persecutions, struggles and afflictions by the power of God.

Unbelievers and the Power of God

4.7 Unbelievers and the Power of God. Jesus told the Sadducees that they were mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power (“τὴν δύναμιν“) of God; God really did raise the dead, as He said: “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” God is not the God of the dead, but of the living (Matthew 22:29-32, page 1541; Mark 12:18-27, page 1582).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating the power of God to raise the dead by convincing proofs from the Scriptures.

Mighty Power

4.8 The God of Power. Mary praised: “For the Mighty One (“ δυνατός“) has done great things for me; and holy is His name” (Luke 1:49, page 1595).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of doing great things for people by the power of the Mighty One.

 

 Section Five

Jesus and His Powers

5.1 Special Powers. The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers means that God bestows the ability to perform special works of power into the lives of some believers. In all believers, God works His will in our lives using His unlimited powers.  Consider Jesus for a moment, with His unlimited powers, full omnipotence at work. He displayed His powers in very focused ways. This entire study illumines some of the powers of Jesus Christ. We should carefully consider how the omnipotence of God works in the life of every believer today, and how The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers displays itself in the lives of some believers. Below we will trace out some of power of Jesus associated with different words for “power.”

5.2 Jesus and His PowersAs God, Jesus possesses all the powers of God and has all power–He is omnipotent.  Jesus displayed all kinds of powers (e.g., Revelation 1:16, page 1915–the face of Jesus was like the sun shining in its power (“ὡς  ἥλιος φαίνει ἐν τῇ δυνάμει αὐτοῦ“) and eyewitnesses bore testimony to the power (“δύναμιν”) and coming of their Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:17, page 1901)). In one sense or another, they were all divine, but they were not all overt manifestations of breaking normal, physical laws. Please consider the following examples. 

5.3  The Power of God’s Will. Jesus said: “I am not able to do anything on my own” (“Οὐ δύναμαι ἐγὼ ποιεῖν ἀπ’ ἐμαυτοῦ οὐδέν“) (John 5:30). Jesus explained that He came to do the will His Father. He illustrated the same concept that we too must depend upon God for all of our words and actions.  We must learn that living by faith means that we, as born-again believers, use the power of God to replace our choices with the choices of God. We replace our judgment with God’s judgment. Instead of acting on our own initiative to do our own will, we are “not able” to do our our will, but the will of God. In this context, Jesus talked about His judgment, which rested upon doing the will of His Father who sent Him.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping believers realize how to use the power of God to do all things in God’s power according to God’s purpose, recognizing that we not able to do anything on our own.

5.4 Power In Deed and WordThe powers of Jesus extend to both His words and His action. Please consider the following examples.

5.4.1 Mighty in Deed and Word. After the resurrection, two men walked with Jesus on the Emmaus Road. They said that Jesus was a “prophet mighty (“δυνατὸς“) in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people” (Luke 14:19, page 1651).

IdentificationA believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of using God’s power in both words and deeds.

5.4.2 No Power To Answer. Jesus asked a question: “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ How is He his son?'” No one was able (“ἐδύνατο”) to answer Him a word (Matthew 22:46, page 1542).

IdentificationA believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of speaking with God’s knowledge and wisdom so that no one is able to answer a word.

5.4.3 Able To Come out of Nazareth. Nathanael wondered: “Can (“δύναταί“) any good thing come out of Nazareth” (John 1:46, page 1655)? Jesus was able to overcome a hometown atmosphere with a reputation for no good things in Nazareth.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a life of overcoming unbelieving siblings, relatives and a place known for its evil practices by the power of God.

5.4.4 Power and Authority over Unclean Spirits. When Jesus went home to Nazareth with His disciples, He went into the synagogue and a man “having a spirit of an unclean demon” (“ἔχων πνεῦμα δαιμονίου ἀκαθάρτου“) cried out to Him. Jesus rebuked him and cast out the demon: “Be quiet and come out of him!” (Luke 4:31-35, page 1603).  Fear (” θάμβος “) came upon the crowd, and they said to one another: “What is this message (“ λόγος“)? For with authority and power (“ἐξουσίᾳ”) He commands the unclean spirits (“δυνάμει“) and they come out (Acts 4:36, page 1603). Please notice the link between the message  of Jesus and His work of power in commanding the demon to be silent and  come out.

IdentificationA believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating authority and power over unclean spirits, in the Name of Jesus, to confirm the message of salvation.

5.5 Taking Offense at Jesus. Before sending the disciples out to minister to different cities, Jesus took them to His hometown of Nazareth. There, in the synagogue, Jesus declared Himself to be the fulfillment of the Isaiah prophecy concerning Messiah (Luke 4:14-37, pages 1602-1603; Isaiah 61:1-2, page 1167). The Nazarenes were astonished at His teaching and questioned from where had Jesus received the wisdom (“ σοφία“) and the powers (“αἱ δυνάμεις“) (Matthew 13:54, page 1525; Mark 6:2, page 1567). They knew Him as the carpenter’s son, with brothers and sisters. They then took offense at Him (“καὶ ἐσκανδαλίζοντο ἐν αὐτῷ“), but Jesus told them that a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household (Matthew 13:57, page 1525). Jesus did not do  (“οὐκ ἐποίησεν“) there many powers (“δυνάμεις πολλὰς”), because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58, page 1525; see also “unable to do miracles there” (“οὐκ ἐδύνατο“)–Mark 6:5, page 1567).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of doing many powers  in many places, but his hometown and his relatives and his household will take offense at him and the wisdom and powers displayed through him, so that they dishonor him and limit the works of of powers in that place because of their unbelief; even so the believer continues on fulfilling the will of God for a lifetime.

5.6 Unable To Do Works of Powers. At times, works of powers depends upon the audience. For example, at Nazareth, Jesus was unable (“οὐκ ἐδύνατο“)  to do (“ποιῆσαι”) works of powers (“δύναμιν”) there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people (“ἀρρώστοις”) and healed them (“ἐθεράπευσεν“–notice the aorist tense–complete healing).

Identification. A believer with the The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of healing people, The Spiritual Gift of Healings. The difference between The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers includes a variety of powerful deeds and words (which may include healings, but includes much more), whereas The Spiritual Gift of Healings  primarily focuses upon healings by the power of God.

5.7 The Power To Plunder the Devil. The religious leaders accused Jesus of casting demons by the prince of demons. Jesus asked: “Or how can (“δύναταί”) anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.” Jesus cast out demons because He had first bound the devil, the strongman. (Matthew 12:29, page 1521; Mark 3:26, page 1562). Jesus also indicated that a kingdom divided against itself cannot (“οὐ δύναται“) stand (Mark 3:24, page 1562). Likewise, a house divided will not be able (“οὐδυνήσεται“) to stand  (Mark 3:25, page 1562). Likewise, “if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot (“οὐδύναται“) stand, but he is finished” (Mark 3:26, page 1562).

5.8 The  Power To Cast Out Demons. Jesus met a demon-possessed many living in the tombs. No one was able (” ἐδύνατο”) to bind him anymore, even with a chain, because he tore them apart (Mark 5:3-4, page 1565). Yet, Jesus had the power to cast out the many demons from this man.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of plundering the house of the devil in the name of Jesus. This ministry may include casting out demons, breaking the power of the devil in a person’s life, and exercising power over the devil in the name of Jesus.

5.9 The Power To Heal. A leper came to Jesus one day and bowed before Him, saying: “Lord, if you are willing (“ἐὰν θέλῃς“), You are able (“δύνασαί”)  to cleanse (“καθαρίσαι“) me” (Matthew 8:2, page 1512; Mark 1:40, page 1559; Luke 5:12, page 1604–“Ἐὰν θέλῃς δύνασαί με καθαρίσα” same).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of healing people who know the Lord is willing and able to heal them.

5.9.1 The Religious Audience.  One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of the law had come from Jerusalem, and from every village of Galilee and Judea. The power of the Lord (“δύναμις κυρίου“) was present for Jesus to heal (“ἰᾶσθαι“) before that audience (Luke 5:17, page 1605).

5.9.2 Touch Jesus–The Crowd. After Jesus chose the twelve disciples, came down to a large crowd of His disciples and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coast region of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear Him and to be healed (“ἰαθῆνα”) of their diseases (“τῶν νόσων αὐτῶν“). Those people troubled with unclean spirits (“πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων“) were being cured (“ἐθεραπεύοντο”–notice the imperfect). And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power (“δύναμις”) was coming from Him and healing (“ἰᾶτο”) all of them (Luke 6:17-19, page 1607; Mark 6:56, page 1570–just touch the fringe of His cloak and be cured (“ἐσῴζοντο”)).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of power going forth from the believer because someone seeking healing has touched a  garment worn by the believer.

5.9.3 Touch Jesus–The Woman. Jesus also had the power to heal, as demonstrated by the power (“δύναμιν”) going forth from Him which healed the woman with the bleeding problem (Mark 5:30-34, pages 1566-1567; Luke 8:46, page 1614).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of power over physical illness, such as a bleeding problem for many years.

5.9.4 Unable To Stand Upright. In a synagogue, Jesus met a woman who had  sickness (“ἀσθενείας”) caused by a spirit (“πνεῦμα”). She was unable (“μὴ δυναμένη“) to stand upright (Luke 13:11, page 1627).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of power over physical disfigurement, such as the inability to stand upright for many years.

Power To Satisfy

5.10 Able To Satisfy. The disciples asked Jesus: “Where will anyone be able (“δυνήσεταί “) to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people” (Mark 8:4, page 1572)?

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of power to find enough food to feed a hungry crowd and satisfy them with food.

No Power To Speak Evil

5.11 None Able To Speak Evil of Jesus. John saw someone casting out demons in the name of Jesus, and the disciples tried to prevent him because he was not following us. Jesus replied: “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle (“δύναμιν”) in My name, and be able (“δυνήσεται”) soon afterwards to speak evil of Me (Mark 9:39, page 1576).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of performing works of powers in the name of Jesus, and will have no power  to speak evil of Jesus soon afterwards.

Power To Strengthen Believers

5.12  Strengthen Believers. Jesus strengthened (“ἐνδυναμώσαντί”) Paul, because Jesus considered Paul faithful, putting him into service, even though he was previously a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor (1 Timothy 1:12-13, pages 1854-55).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of strengthening believers, whom God considers faithful, so that God may put that believer into service, even though that believer was previously a blasphemer and a persecutor and violent aggressor.

5.12.1 Stephen.  Stephen observed that Moses was a man “of power (“δυνατὸς“) in words and deeds” (Acts 7:22, page 1711).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of being powerful in both words and deeds.

5.12.2 No Power To Resist. Jesus promised His disciples that He would give them utterance and wisdom which none of their opponents will be able (“οὐ δυνήσονται “) to resist or refute (Luke 21:15, page 1643).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of speaking for Jesus with such utterance and power that the believer’s  opponents will not be able to resist or refute.

5.12.3 The Power in Believers. As the Corinthians sought proof of Christ Who speak in Paul, Paul explained that Christ is not weak, but powerful (“δυνατεῖ”) in the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 13:3, page 1818).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of proving that Christ is not weak in believers, but powerful in them, even when their lives demonstrate problems with immorality, factions, drunkenness, and other sinful practices.

Power To Aid Believers

5.13 Able To Come To Aid. Jesus aids believers during temptations: “For since He himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able (“δύναται”) to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Hebrews  2:18, page 1871).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry to believers facing temptation by strengthening them with the knowledge   that Jesus has suffered temptation, and so Jesus is able to aid those who are tempted.

Power To Avoid Separation

5.14 No Power To Separate. Paul gave a long list of things believers will encounter, but none of them will be able (“δυνήσεται”) to separate believers from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39, page 1770).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of strengthening believers with the knowledge that nothing is able to separate them from the love of God, which in is in Christ Jesus.

All Things Possible

5.15 All Things Possible in Jesus. Jesus consistently challenged people to believe that all things were possible in God. Furthermore, some things were only possible in God.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of strengthening believers that all things are possible in God.

5.15.1  All Things Possible–Salvation. Regarding who can be saved, Jesus taught: “With people it is impossible (“ἀδύνατον”), but not with God; for all things are possible (“δυνατὰ”) with God” (Matthew 19:26, page 1535; Luke 18:27, page 1637).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of strengthening believers with the knowledge that God alone has the ability to save people.

5.15.2 All Things Possible–God’s Will. As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said: “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36, page 1587; Matthew 26:42, page 1551).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of strengthening believers to believe that God is their Father, and that He may not remove every difficult path from their way, even one that may lead to death.

5.15.3 All Things Possible–If You Can. The father of a demon possessed boy asked Jesus: “But if You can (“Εἰ δύνῃ“) do anything, take pity on us and help us!” Jesus replied, “If You can? All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:22-23, page 1575).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating that all things are possible with God, even casting out demons in the Name of Jesus.

 

Section Six

Powers and the Scriptures

6.1 The Power of the Sacred Writings. Paul wrote to Timothy that since childhood Timothy has known the sacred writings (“ἱερὰ γράμματα“–referring to the Old Testament) which are able (“τὰ δυνάμενά“) to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15, page 1864).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of proclaiming the power of the sacred writings which gives the wisdom leading to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

6.2 The Implanted Word. James wrote that everyone should live, putting aside the all filthiness (“ῥυπαρίαν“), and all that remains of wickedness (“κακίας“), in humility receive the word implanted (“ὸν ἔμφυτον λόγον“), which is able (“ὸν δυνάμενον“) to save your souls.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of implanting the word, which is able to save souls, so that believer put aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness.

6.3 Powerful in the Scriptures. Apollos was known as an eloquent man, mighty (“δυνατὸς”) in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24, page 1737).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of eloquence, being mighty in the Scriptures.

Section Seven

Powers and the Kingdom of God

7.1 Able To Nest. Jesus described the small mustard seed as growing up to so that “the birds of the air can  (“δύνασθαι) nest under its shade” (Mark 4:32, page 1564).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of showing that the kingdom of God grows so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.

7.2 Able To See the Kingdom of God. Jesus told Nicodemus: “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot (“οὐ δύναται“) see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3, page 1657). Nicodemus replied: “How can (“δύναται”) a man be born when he is old? He cannot (“μὴ δύναται“) enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he” (John 3:4, page 1657)? Jesus answered: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot (“οὐ δύναται“) enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5, page 1657). After hearing more from Jesus, Nicodemus said: “How can(“δύναται“) these things be” (John 3:9, page 1657)?

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of speaking to rulers and demonstrating that they must be born again. Through the powerful salvation of Jesus Christ, and Him alone, those rulers may be born again,even when they are old.

Section Eight

Legal Powers

8.1 Able To Ascertain. Tertullus, a lawyer for the Jews accusing Paul before Felix, opined: “By examining him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able (“δυνήσῃ”)  to ascertain the things of which we accuse him” (Acts 24:8, page 1748).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of ascertaining facts in order to decide disputes.

8.2 No Power To Hand Me Over. Paul defended himself: “If, then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worth of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can (“δύναται“) hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar” (Acts 25:11, page 1730).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of using legal rights to defend against false charges.87.3 

No Power To Prove Charges. Paul told Felix that the Jews were unable (“οὐδὲ δύνανταί “) to prove the charges they brought against Paul (Acts 24:13, pages 1748-1749).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of showing that accusers cannot prove their charges.

8.4 No Power to Account. At Ephesus, the town clerk quieted a riot by requiring the crowd to bring charges before the proconsul. As it was, they were facing an unlawful assembly charge, and they would be unable (“δυνησόμεθα”) to account for this disorderly gathering (Acts 19?40, page 1739).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of calming down disorderly gatherings, particularly those riots which break the civil law.

8.5 Able To Know the Facts. Paul told Felix the Judge that he was able (“δυναμένου”) to know exactly that no more than twelve days ago Paul went up to Jerusalem to worship (Acts 24:11, page 1748).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of explaining facts so that a judge may comprehend their importance.

8.6 Able To Be Set Free. Agrippa heard the case against Paul and concluded: “This many might have been (“ἐδύνατο”) set free if he had not appealed to Caesar” (Act 26:31, page 1753).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of presenting spiritual truths in the context of a legal defense that gives glory to God.

8.7 No Power To Decide. Paul opposed lawsuits among believers. He directed them to appoint a wise man in the church. He questioned: is there not among you one man who will be able (“δυνήσεται“) to decide between his brethren (1 Corinthians 6:5, pages 1787-1788).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry, based on the wisdom of God, of deciding disputes between his brethren, without going to any civil court.

Section Nine

Powers and Churches

9.1 A Little Power. Jesus wrote to the angel of the church in Philadelphia that they a little power (“δύναμιν”), and have kept My word, and have not denied My name (Revelation 3:8, page 1917). Please notice here that power is not all or nothing, but may be a measured amount.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping churches keep the Word of Jesus, and not deny His name in what they do and say.

9.2 Power and the Open Door. Jesus told the angel of the church in Philadelphia that He had put an open door in front of them, which no one can (” δύναται“) shut (Revelation 3:8, page 1917).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping churches walk through open doors, which no one can shut.

Section Ten

Powers and the Body of Christ

10.1 No Power to Say–The Eye. Paul observed: “And the eye cannot (“οὐ δύναται“) say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, ” I have  no need of you” (1 Corinthians 12:21, page 1797).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of uniting the body of Christ so that each member understands their need for every other member in the body of Christ.

Section Eleven

Elders and the Powers of God

 

11.1 Able To Exhort and To Refute. Each elder must hold fast the faithful word which is in accordance with teaching, so that he will be able (“δυνατὸς”) to exhort  and to refute those who contradict” (Titus 1:9, pages 1865-66).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry, as an elder, of holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with teaching, so that he will be able to exhort  and to refute those who contradict.

Section Twelve

Powers and People

12.1 Powerful Men. The term “power” at times may refer to people.

12.2 Powerful Jews. Festus told the powerful men (“Οἱ δυνατοὶ“)  seeking to prosecute Paul that they should come down to Caesarea so that the charges could be considered in court (Acts 25.5, page 1750).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of overcoming powerful men by the powers of God.

12.3 Powerful Believers–Weakness. Paul ordered the powerful believers (“οἱ δυνατοὶ“) to bear with the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please themselves (Romans 15:1, page 1778).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping the powerful believers to bear with the weakness of those without strength and not just please themselves.

12.4 Powerful Believers–Not Many. Paul commanded believers to examine their calling, that there were not many mighty (“δυνατοί”) called (1 Corinthians 1:26, page 1783).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of urging believers to examine their calling, so that they recognize that not many mighty were called.

12.5 Powerful Believers–Rejoice. Paul also wrote: “For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong (“δυνατοὶ“); this we also pray for, that you be made complete (2 Corinthians 13:9, page 1818).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping believers rejoice when they are strong in the Lord Jesus, and praying the powers of God may make them complete.

 

Section Thirteen

Servants and the Powers of God

13.1 Commending Ourselves as Servants of Christ. The ministry team to Corinth avoided giving offense, so that the ministry would not be discredited. In everything, they commended themselves (“συνίσταντες”) as ministers of God (“θεοῦ διάκονοι“). Paul then listed afflictions, beatings, imprisonments, purity, knowledge, patience, the word, and knowledge and other ways the team commended itself to God. Paul showed that in many ways, the ministry team commended themselves, including “in the power of God” (“δυνάμει θεοῦ“).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may be part of a ministry team that avoids giving any cause of offense which might discredit the ministry, but commends itself in power. 

Section Fourteen

The Ministry of Power

14.1 The Power of Elijah. An angel appeared to Zacharias and prophesied to him regarding his unborn son, John the Baptist: “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power (“δυνάμει“) of Elijah . . . ” (Luke 1:17, page 1594). The ministry of John the Baptist centered upon preparing the way of the Lord Jesus, by turning the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous. To be sure, God only commissioned one John the Baptist.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of power in turning the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous.

14.2 The Power of the Spirit. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power  of the Spirit (“ἐν τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ πνεύματος“) (Luke 4:14, page 1602). Jesus began teaching in their synagogues and challenged His hometown of Nazareth to accept Him as Messiah (Luke 4, 15-30, pages 1602-1603).  After the people of Nazareth rejected Him and tried to kill Him, Jesus went to Capernaum, where He continued His ministry in the synagogue there, casting out a demon from a man. Later Jesus healed Simon’s mother and many other people. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Power may be impelled by the Holy Spirit to move to various geographical areas, where God will use that person to perform great ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.

14.3 By What PowerAfter Peter and John healed the lame man, their preaching of Jesus caught the attention of the religious leaders in Jerusalem. Those religious leaders brought Peter and John before the Jewish Council of rulers, elders, scribes and high priests (Acts 4:1-42, pages 1704-1707). They began their inquiry: “By what power (“δυνάμει”), or in what name, have you done this?” (Acts 4:7, page 1705). People notice “power” and inquire about “power.” Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached Jesus the Risen Savior to the Council.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating the power of God so that opportunities arise to preach Jesus to religious leaders who deny Him.

14.4 Powerful Testimony. After Pentecost, the apostles were giving powerful testimony (“δυνάμει μεγάλῃ“) to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was upon them all (Acts 4:33, page 1706).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry (often as part of a ministry team) of giving powerful testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, with great grace upon all of the ministry team,

14.5 Anointed with Power. God anointed (“ἔχρισεν”) Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power (“δυνάμει”). Jesus went about doing good works (“εὐεργετῶν”–verbal participle middle) and healing (“ἰώμενος“) all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38, page 1720).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of doing good works of powers, and healing (see The Spiritual Gifts of Healing) all who are oppressed by the Devil.

14.6 The Gift of Grace and the Working of God’s Power. Paul wrote that he was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to (“κατὰ”) the works (“τὴν ἐνέργειαν“) of His power (“τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ“) (Ephesians 3:7, page 1829).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry given to that believer according to the gift of  God’s grace which was given to that believer according to the works of His power.

Section Fifteen

The Ministry of Powers

15.1 The Power of the Spirit. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power  of the Spirit (“ἐν τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ πνεύματος“) (Luke 4:14, page 1602). Jesus began teaching in their synagogues and challenged His hometown of Nazareth to accept Him as Messiah (Luke 4, 15-30, pages 1602-1603).  After the people of Nazareth rejected Him and tried to kill Him, Jesus went to Capernaum, where He continued His ministry in the synagogue there, casting out a demon from a man. Later Jesus healed Simon’s mother and many other people.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may be impelled by the Holy Spirit to move to various geographical areas, where God will use that person to perform great ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.

15.2 By What PowerAfter Peter and John healed the lame man, their preaching of Jesus caught the attention of the religious leaders in Jerusalem. Those religious leaders brought Peter and John before the Jewish Council of rulers, elders, scribes and high priests (Acts 4:1-42, pages 1704-1707). They began their inquiry: “By what power (“δυνάμει”), or in what name, have you done this?” (Acts 4:7, page 1705). People notice “power” and inquire about “power.” Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached Jesus the Risen Savior to the Council.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating the power of God so that opportunities arise to preach Jesus to religious leaders who deny Him.

15.3 Powerful Testimony. After Pentecost, the apostles were giving powerful testimony (“δυνάμει μεγάλῃ“) to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was upon them all (Acts 4:33, page 1706).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry (often as part of a ministry team) of giving powerful testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, with great grace upon all of the ministry team.

15.4 Anointed with Power. God anointed (“ἔχρισεν”) Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power (“δυνάμει”). Jesus went about doing good works (“εὐεργετῶν”–verbal participle middle) and healing (“ἰώμενος“) all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38, page 1720).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of doing good works of powers, and healing (see The Spiritual Gifts of Healing) all who are oppressed by the Devil.

15.5 Clothed with Power. Just before Jesus ascended back to heaven, He commanded His disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they were clothed (“ἐνδύσησθε”) with power (“ἐνδύσησθε”) from on high (Luke 24:49, page 1653).  Jesus expanded upon that command by adding that they will receive power (“δύναμιν”) when the Holy Spirit had come upon them; then they would be the witnesses of Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and remotest part of the earth (Acts 1:8, page 1699).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of being a witness of Jesus with power, having been clothed with power from the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.

Section Sixteen

The Ministry of Repentance and the Powers of God

16.1 The Power of SinThe sting of death is sin, and the power of sin (“ δύναμις τῆς ἁμαρτίας“) is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56, page 1803).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of overcoming the power of sin, which is found particularly in the law.

16.2 The Power To DefileJesus taught that nothing outside the man can (“δύναται”) defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man (Mark 7:15, page 1570). Likewise, whatever goes into the man from outside cannot (“οὐ δύναται“) defile him (Mark 7:18, page 1571).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of overcoming defilement by the powers of God.

16.3 Works of Power and Repentance. Jesus denounced the cities of in which most of His works of powers (“αἱ πλεῖσται δυνάμεις αὐτοῦ“) took place because they did not repent. He declared that other cities would have repented if they had seen the works of powers performed in them by Jesus. Because they witnessed the great works of powers, and those cities would face more severe judgment (Matthew 11:20-28, page 1519; Luke 10:13-16, page 1619).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of works of powers to bring entire cities to repentance leading to salvation.

16.4 Abound in Hope. Paul prayed that now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power (“δυνάμενοι”–verbal participle middle) of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13,page 1779).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of teaching and praying that the God of Hope will fill other believers with all joy and peace in believing, so that they will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Section Seventeen

Evangelism and the Power of God

17.1 The Ministry of Christ Crucified. As Paul preached at Corinth in weakness and fear and much trembling, he determined to know nothing among the Corinthians except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-3, page 1783) . The Greeks at Corinth searched for wisdom (“σοφίαν”) (1 Corinthians 1:22, page 1783), but Paul preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ without superiority of speech or of wisdom (“ὑπεροχὴν λόγου  σοφίας“). Paul proclaimed the mystery of God to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 2:1, page 1783; see also The New Testament Mysteries. His message and his preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom (“σοφίας“), but in demonstration of Spirit and of power (“πνεύματος καὶ δυνάμεως“) (1 Corinthians 2:4, page 1783). Paul intended the faith of the Corinthians to rest no on the wisdom of men (“σοφίᾳ ἀνθρώπων“), but on the power of God (“δυνάμει θεοῦ“) (1 Corinthians 2:5, page 1783). Paul preached the mystery of Christ crucified and labored for that purpose, according the the power that worked mightily within him (Colossians 1:29, page 1842).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in demonstration of Spirit and power, so that the faith of the converts would rest on the power of God.

17.2 Preaching the Gospel and the Power of God. Paul declared that his message and his preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (“δυνάμεως“), so that the Corinthians’ faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power (“δυνάμει”) of God (1 Corinthians 2:4-5, page 1783).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of preaching not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that the faith of the converts may rest not on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

17.2 The Power of the Gospel. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers must understand that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings great power all by itself into the life of the new believer.  Ultimately, only God is the one Who has the power (“ δυνάμενος“) to save and destroy, as Lawgiver and Judge (James 4:12, page 1891). A few examples describe the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

17.2.1 Thessalonians. Paul wrote that the Gospel did not come in word only, but also in power (“ἐν δυνάμει“) and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction (1 Thessalonians 1:5, page 1846).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of bringing the Gospel not in word only, but also in power and in the holy Spirit with full conviction.

17.2.2 James. Likewise, James wrote that everyone should live, putting aside all filthiness (“ῥυπαρίαν“), and all that remains of wickedness (“κακίας“), in humility receive the word implanted (“ὸν ἔμφυτον λόγον“), which is able (“ὸν δυνάμενον“) to save your souls (James 1:21, page 1888).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of implanting the word, which, when received in humility, is able to save your souls, so that you are able to put aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness.

17.2.3 Galatians. Paul taught that if a Law had been given which was able (“ δυνάμενος“) to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based upon law (Galatians 3:21, pages 1822-1823).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of  spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ by demonstrating that Law has no power to save anyone.

17.3 Paul and Extraordinary Works of Power. Paul went to Ephesus and preached Jesus to the disciples of John, numbering about twelve men. They believed and were baptized. Paul laid his hands upon them and the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying (Acts 19:1-7, page 1737). Only three times in Acts do we read about speaking in tongues (Acts 2–Jersualem, Acts 10–Caesarea, and Acts 19–Ephesus). God was performing extraordinary miracles (“Δυνάμεις τε οὐ τὰς τυχούσας”–literally, not the ordinary miracles–litotes) by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried from Paul’s body and the diseases (“τὰς νόσους“) left them and the evil spirits went out (“τε πνεύματα τὰ πονηρὰ“) (Acts 19:12, pages 1737-1738). So, the word of the Lord was growing mightily (“ὔξανεν “) and prevailing (Acts 19:20, page 1738).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, supported by a display of extraordinary miracles, with handkerchiefs and aprons bringing healing and casting out demons.

17.4 Faith and the Power of God. Paul wrote to the Galatians that God provided them with the Holy Spirit and works of powers (“ἐνεργῶν δυνάμεις“) in them (“ἐν ὑμῖν“–or among them). God did not do those things through the Law, but rather through hearing with faith (Galatians 3:5, page 1822).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of doing works of powers in the Holy Spirit with new believers, so that they will understand that their salvation did not come through the Law, but rather through hearing with faith.

17.5 The Power of GracePaul commended the Ephesian elders to God and the word of His grace, which is able (“ῷ δυναμένῳ”) to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32, page 1741). 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of building up the saints and reminding them that they have an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

17.6 The Power To EstablishAs Paul closed the Book of Romans, he wrote: “Now to Him who is able (“Τῷ δυναμένῳ“) to establish you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ . . . ” (Romans 16:25, page 1781).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of establishing believers according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the preaching of Jesus Christ.

17.7 The Gospel and the Power of God. Paul observed that the Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom. Paul preached Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power (“δύναμιν”) of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:22-25, page 1783).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of proclaiming Christ crucified to both Jews and Gentiles, knowing and demonstrating that the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Section Eighteen 

Powers of Faith

18.1 No Power To Save. The Book of James presents two questions regarding faith and works: “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can (“μὴ δύνατα“) that faith save him?” (Hebrews 2:14, page 1889). Faith without works is dead (James 2:17, page 1889).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of joining faith with works that evidence salvation.

18.2 Able To Perform His Promises. Abraham believed that God was able (“δυνατός“)  to perform His promises (Romans 4:21, page 1764).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of believing that God is able to perform His promises, even when it appears to be physically impossible.

18.3 How Are You Able To Believe? Jesus asked a group of Jews seeking to kill Him: “How can you (“πῶς δύνασθε“) believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?” (John 5:44, page 1664).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of asking unbelievers how they can believe, when they receive glory from men and do not seek glory from the one and only God.

 

Section Nineteen

The Powers of Able and Unable

19.1 Ability. As above, the term “powers” refers to the ability to do things. In the New Testament, the term “powers” occurs as “able to do” and “unable to do.” We can look at some examples of both occurrences. As you review the examples of “able” and “unable”  below, you please consider how powers control your works. Consider jumping to the moon from the earth. From our standpoint, such thoughts may appear to be nonsense. Yet, what if the power of God could enable a believer to do things we all think are impossible and frankly ridiculous?  God brings such power into our lives so that things we were unable to do now become able to do. Likewise, some things you were unable to do, like stop worrying, now become able to do, because of the power of God working in you.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of equipping to find and use the ability of the power of God working within them to come to faith and to help believers use and increase their faith so that they stop doing things displeasing to God and start using the power of God to please Him in more and greater ways.

19.2 Unable. At times, the term “powers” means unable to do something. I am going to emphasize the No Power of power in the examples below. As we study these individual examples, keep in mind that the power of God may greatly influence what we are unable to do. I have divided these unable to do things into different categories. At times, we speak a person having no “willpower” to change things. This link between the will and the power to do things appears in some verses below.

Section Twenty

The Ministry of Able

 

20.1 Able To Know. Paul walked about Athens and noticed the great idolatry. He began reasoning with the Jews in the synagogue and everyone present in the marketplace where he reasoned with them daily, preaching Jesus and the resurrection.  The Athenians took Paul to the Areopagus and asked Paul: “Are we able to know” (“Δυνάμεθα γνῶναι“–present middle indicative) what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming” (Acts 17:16-19, page 1734)? Paul had the power to make people ask him for more information about Jesus and His resurrection. He then preached Jesus to them, emphasizing His resurrection and the judgment to come (Acts 17:17-34, pages 1734-1735).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of provoking people to ask “Are we able to know’ about Jesus and His resurrection, and then preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. 

20.2 Able To Keep You from StumblingJude reminded believers that God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, is the One who is able (“Τῷ δυναμένῳ“–notice the middle voice) to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy (Jude 1:24, page 1913).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of keeping believers from stumbling, particularly when they contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.

 

Section Twenty One

The Ministry of Unable 

21.1 Unable To Deny a Sign.  Peter and John healed a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb. Peter and John fixed their gaze upon him and said: “Look at us !” In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, Peter commanded him walk. The lame man leaped and stood upright and began walking and entered the temple with them. All the people saw him and took note that the lame man they had seen begging for food outside the temple for many years now walked into the temple (Acts 3:1-10, page 1703).  Later, Peter and John were taken before the Jewish council. Although the council warned Peter and John to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, the council could not deny (“οὐ δυνάμεθα“) that a noteworthy sign (“γνωστὸν σημεῖον”–the Greek word here is “sign,” and not miracle.  A sign (“σημεῖον”) points to the authority behind the action at issue; see 1 Corinthians 1:22, page 1783) “has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it”  (Acts 4:16, page 1705).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of performing undeniable works of healing as a testimony to religious tribunals.

21.2 Unable To Stop Speaking. As Peter and John stood before the Jewish council, the council commanded them completely to stop speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus. Peter and John replied: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; but we cannot (“οὐ δυνάμεθα“) stop speaking about what we have seen and heard ” (Acts 4:19-20). Notice the council was “unable to deny” the sign had taken place, just as Peter and John were “unable to stop speaking” about Jesus. The power that produced the sign also produced the inability to stop speaking about Jesus. Both powers went hand in hand from God. Compare Zacharias who was unable (“μὴ δυνάμενος“) to speak for a time because he did not believe the message of the angel who told him that his barren wife would have a son, John the Baptist (Luke 1:20, page 1594). 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of being unable to stop speaking about Jesus Christ, even after warnings from government or religious officials.

21.3 Unable To Do Anything against the Truth. Paul testified that the Corinthian ministry team was unable (“οὐ δυνάμεθά“) to do anything against the truth, but only for the truth (2 Corinthians 13:8, page 1818).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of standing against opposition, while proclaiming that the ministry team is unable to do anything against the truth.

 

Section Twenty Two

The Prayers of Power

22.1 Praying for Power. Paul prayed for churches, and those prayers serve as great examples of how to pray for other believers.

22.1 Ephesians. Paul prayed for the Ephesians regarding the power of God.

22.1.1 Surpassing Greatness of the Power. Paul prayed that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened so that they may know (“εἰδέναι”) what is the surpassing greatness of the power (“τῆς δυνάμεως“) toward us that believe, according to the working the strength of His might (Ephesians 1:18-19, page 1828). 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying for believers that the eyes of their hearts may be enlightened so that they may know the surpassing greatness of the power toward us that believe, according to the strength of His might, and acting upon that knowledge.

22.1.2 Strengthened with Power. Paul also prayed that God the Father would grant to the Ephesians, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power (“δυνάμει κραταιωθῆναι“) through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts richly through faith (Ephesians 3:16-17, page 1830).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying that believers would be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith.

22.1.3 Far above All Power. Paul also described Jesus as seated at the right hand of God in the heavenly places, far above all rule (“ἀρχῆς“) and authority (“ἐξουσίας”) and power (“δυνάμεως”) and dominion (“κυριότητος”) and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come (Ephesians 1:21, page 1828).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying that believers would see Jesus seated at the right hand of God in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is name, not only in this age but also in the age to come and acting upon that knowledge.

22.1.4 Able To Do Far Beyond.  Paul also prayed to Him who is able (“Τῷ δυναμένῳ “) to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to (“κατὰ”) the power (“τὴν δύναμιν“) that works within us (Ephesians 3:20, page 1830). 21.1 The Power Working Within Us. Paul prayed  for the Ephesians to the God who is able (“Τῷ  δυναμένῳ“) to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power (“ὴν δύναμιν“) that works (“τὴν ἐνεργουμένην“) within us (Ephesians 3:20, page 1830).  A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Power may have a ministry of using the power of God to pray that other believers would understand and believe that God can do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying that God would do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

22.2 Colossians. Paul also wrote to the people of Colossae and told them about his prayers for them.

22.2.1 Spiritual Wisdom and UnderstandingPaul testified that the ministry team to Colossae had not ceased to pray for them and to ask that they may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying for believers to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

22.2.2 Walk Worthy of the Lord. Paul also prayed for the Colossians that they would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying for believers to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

22.2.3 Strengthened with All Power.  Paul prayed further that the believers would be strengthened with all power (“ἐν πάσῃ δυνάμει δυναμούμενοι“), according to His glorious might (Colossians 1:9-12, page 1841).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying for believers to be strengthened with all power, according to the glorious might of God.

22.2.4 Please the LordPaul specifically prayed that the Colossians would please the Lord in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, in all power empowering (“ἐν πάσῃ δυνάμει δυναμούμενοι“), according to His glorious might (“κατὰ τὸ κράτος τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ“), for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience (Colossians 1:12, page 1841). Notice the phrase: in all power empowering. Paul prayed for that continuous, active empowering of the Colossians with all power. He linked the power of God continually working in them so that they would remain steadfast in producing good works for God, by the power of God continuing to please God in all respects.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of prayerful encouragement of other believers by both praying for those believers and then sharing your prayer with them, just like Paul did in discipling the saints at Colossae.

22.3 Thessalonica. Paul prayed for the Thessalonians, a church that experienced persecutions.

22.3.1 Worthy of God’s Calling. Paul prayed that God would count them worthy of their calling (2 Thessalonians 1:11, page 1852).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying that God would count believers worthy of their calling, and sharing those prayers with those believers.

22.3.2 Fulfill Every Desire for Goodness. Paul also prayed that God would fulfill every desire for goodness in the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 1:11, page 1852). 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of praying that God would fulfill the believers’ work of faith with power, and sharing those prayers with those believers.

22.3.3 Glorifying the Name of the Lord Jesus. Paul also prayed that as  a result of God working in them with power,  the name of the Lord Jesus will be glorified in them (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, page 1852).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of making disciples and praying for the work of faith with power, and sharing those prayers with those believers.

 

Section Twenty Three

Powers in Believers

23.1 Special Powers. Born-again believers have special powers of God at work in them. Without Jesus abiding in them and without the believer abiding in Jesus, believers can do nothing.

Unable To Do Anything

23.2 No Power To Do Anything. Jesus explained to His disciples: I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you cannot (“οὐ δύνασθε“) anything (“οὐδέν”–literally, nothing)” (John 15:5, page 1686).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of bearing much fruit for God because they abide in Jesus.

Unable To Be Hidden

23.3 No Power To Be Hidden. Jesus taught His disciples that they are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be (“οὐ δύναται”) hidden” (Matthew 5:14, page 1507).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of shining so brightly for God that the believer cannot be hidden.

Unable To Take Anything out of the World

23.4 No Power To Take Anything out of The World. Paul told Timothy, his spiritual son, that just as we have brought nothing into the world, so also we are not able (“δυνάμεθα”) take anything out of it either (1 Timothy 6:7, page 1859). The believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers must recall that truth and share that we are unable to take anything out of this world.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of living and dealing with possessions based upon the knowledge that  the believer has no power to take anything out of this world.

Unable To Die

23.5 No Power To Die. All believers once resurrected cannot die any more, for they are like the angels, and are sons of God, beings sons of the resurrection (Luke 20:36, page 1642).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of living with knowledge that the believer will be resurrected and unable to die once they are resurrected.

The Temporary Inabilities of Believers

23.6 In the following examples, Jesus compared the “not able now” with the “able later” future. Some examples of this change from “not able now” to “able later” illustrate the power of God. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of God changing “not able now” into “able now” in a variety of different ways. In many of the example below, we see how things change over time or because of different circumstances. Those examples illustrate how things change in many ways, and turn from “not able now” to “able now” over time.

23.6.1 No Power To Come to Jesus–Little Children. Jesus also explained that His disciples cannot come with Him now to Paradise, but later they will join Him there. Jesus also told His disciples on the night before His crucifixion: “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come (“οὐ δύνασθε“)'” (John 13:33, page 1684).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of speaking powerful words and just the right time, according to the ability of the believer to receive the message.

God also revealed that some born-again believers have temporary inabilities. Those inabilities mean that they lack the power to do something now, which they will do later.

Unable To Bear Them

23.7  No Power To Bear Them. Jesus carefully controlled His words: “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot (“οὐ δύνασθε“) bear them now” (John 16:12, page 1688).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of carefully limiting the things said to other believers, because they are not able to bear them now.

Unable To Eat Solid Food

23.8 No Power To Eat Solid Food. Paul wrote the Corinthians that he gave them milk to drink, because they were unable (“οὔπω ἐδύνασθε) to eat solid food (“βρῶμα“) and they continued until now to be unable (“οὐδὲ ἔτι νῦν δύνασθε“) to eat solid food (1 Corinthians 3:2, page 1784).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of giving milk to some believers, because they are unable to eat solid food.

Powers of Discipleship

23.9 Power To Be the Disciple of Jesus. Jesus outlined what you must do to be His disciple. Jesus laid down some basic requirements for being His disciple. At times, a believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may help others experience the works of powers they have experienced themselves.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of living an exemplary life as a disciple of Jesus.

23.9.1 Hate Your Family. Jesus taught that whoever does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot (“οὐ δύναται“) be My disciple (Luke 14:26, page 1630).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of hating family members by following Jesus without family entanglements.

23.9.2 Carry and Come. Likewise, Jesus said: “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot (“οὐ δύναται”) be My disciple” (Mark 14:27, page 1630).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of carrying his own cross daily while following Jesus as a disciple.

23.9.3 Give Up All Possessions. Jesus also explained: “So then, none of you can be (“οὐ δύναται“) My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions” (Luke 14:33, page 1630).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of giving up all his own possessions to follow Jesus.

No Power To Sin

23.10 No Power To Sin. John revealed: “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot (“οὐ δύναται“) sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9, page 1906).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of living in demonstration of overcoming sin, because he is born of God. The believer will still sin some, but his life will demonstrate extraordinary power in overcoming sin.

Power To Work

23.11 No Power To Work. Jesus encouraged His disciples; “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can (“δύναται”)  work” (John 9:4, page 1673).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of working so long as it is day.

Eternal Security

23.12 No Power To Snatch. Jesus revealed: “My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able (“δύναται”) to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:29, page 1676).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating that we are secure in Christ, and no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand.

Time and Power

23.13 James and John: Able Now, Drink Later. The disciples James and John, through their mother,  asked Jesus if they could sit at His right and left hand in His kingdom. Jesus answered and said: “Are you able (” δύνασθε“) to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said replied: “We are able (“Δυνάμεθα”).” Jesus then answered: “My cup you shall drink.” (Matthew 20:22-28, page 1537; Mark 10:32-45, pages 1578-1579). Jesus drank the cup of suffering, persecution and death the next day. They would drink it later.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of Able Now, Drink Later, meaning that some believers with the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have the ministry of explaining the importance of exercising abilities later, in keeping with God’s timing.

23.14 Peter: Not Able Now. On the night before Jesus died, Jesus told Peter: “Where I go, you cannot (“οὐ δύνασαί“) follow Me now; but you will follow later” (John 13:36, Page 1684). Jesus demonstrated the ministry of the Power of Not Able Now. At times, Jesus had to explain timing to people. Jesus promised Peter that he would follow Jesus later, but not now. When Peter heard Jesus, Peter responded “Lord, why can I not (“οὐ δύναμα“) follow You right now? I will lay down my life for you” (John 13:37, Page 1684).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating and explaining the timing of God (e.g., not able now, but later) to other believers.

Power To Thank God

23.15 What Thanks Are We Able To Render. Paul and the ministry team serving the Thessalonians testified: “For what thanks can (“δυνάμεθα”) we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,” (1 Thessalonians 3:9, page 1848).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of: (a) giving thanks to God for all the joy on account of fellow believers living for Jesus Christ; and (b) letting those believers know how you thank God for the joy they give to the ministry team. 

Power To Save from Death

23.16 Able to Save from DeathIn the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able (“τὸν δυνάμενον“) to save Him from Death, and He was heard because of His piety (“τῆς εὐλαβείας“) (Hebrews 5:7, page 1874). Compare Peter who described believers experiencing various trials. As they have been grieved (“λυπηθέντες”) by those various trials, they sill rejoice because they know they are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:3-7, page 1893; see also John 16:20, page 1688; 1 Thessalonians 4:13, page 1849). 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people face death as they experience various trials.

Power To Accept Word of God

23.17 Able To Accept the Word of God. Jesus taught that some people were eunuchs from the womb. some were made eunuchs by men, and some people made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of God. Jesus then said: “He who is able (“ δυνάμενος“) to accept this, let him accept it (Matthew 19:12, page 1535).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of physical sacrifice for the kingdom of God, and helping people understand and accepts such sacrifice.

Power To Know the Way

23.18 Thomas: Able to Know. The night before Jesus died on the cross, Jesus told His disciples that: (a) their hearts should not be troubled  and they must maintain their faith in God and in Jesus (especially Peter, who was just warned He would deny Jesus three times that very night); and (b) that Jesus was going to His Father’s house to prepare a place for them, where He would personally receive them and abide with them; and (c)  that they knew the way (John 13:36-14:6, page 1684).  Thomas replied: “Lord, we do not know where you are going, how are we able to know the way?” (John 14:5, page 1684). Thomas contradicted Jesus when Thomas declared that Thomas did not know the way–we should never contradict Jesus. Thomas thought Thomas did not know where Jesus was going, and so Thomas could not know how to go to an unknown destination. Even so, Jesus explained to Thomas that Jesus is the way to the Father and Thomas would come to the Father by way of Jesus–Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6, page 1684). 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of explaining that Jesus is the only way to the Father.

Power To Do Good to the Poor

23.19 Whenever You Wish, You Can. After a woman anointed Jesus (see The Anointing of Jesus), people criticized the woman, because they claimed the nard could have been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor. Jesus then said to them: “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish,  you can (“δύνασθε”) do good to them; but you do not always have Me” (Mark 14:7, page 1586).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping the poor by doing good to them.

Power To Manage

23.20 Able To Invest. Jesus told a parable about a man giving talents to his servants before he left on a journey. He divided talents among his slaves, distributing to each one according (“κατὰ”) to his own ability (“τὴν ἰδίαν δύναμιν“) of each slave. (Matthew 25:14, page 1547).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of using the valuable things entrusted to him by Jesus according to his full ability.

Power To Give

23.21 Able To Give. Paul commended the Macedonians for their giving, noting that according to (“κατὰ”) their ability (“δύναμιν”) and beyond their ability (“δύναμιν”), they gave of their own accord (2 Corinthians 8:3, page 1812).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of giving according to their ability and beyond their ability. See The Spiritual Gift of Giving.

Power To Conceive

23.22 Able To Conceive. By faith Sarah received ability (“δύναμιν“) to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, because she considered Him faithful who had promised (Hebrews 11:11, page 1882). Compare the power (“δύναμις”) of the Most High overshadowed Mary so that she conceived a holy Child, called the Son of God (Luke 1:35, page 1595).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping women conceive, even beyond their natural childbearing years.

23.23 Able To Raise Up Children. Some people thought that they did not need Jesus and repentance because they were they physical descendants of Abraham.  John the Baptist told those people: “From these stones God is able (“δύναται”) to raise up children to Abraham” (Matthew 3:9, page 1504; Luke 3:8, page 1600).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of persuading people that even though they trust their family lineage, they must turn away from such trust to believing only Jesus Christ can and will save them by faith alone.

Power To Remove Logs

23.24 Able To Say. Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount asked: “Or how can you say (“ῶς δύνασαι λέγειν“) to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that in in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye . . . (Luke 6:42, page 1608).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of removing logs from the eyes of people.

Power To Be Free

23.25 Able To Be Free. Regarding slaves, Paul wrote: “Were you called while a slave? Do not worry; if you are able (“δύνασα”) to become free, rather do that”  (1 Corinthians 7:21, page 1789).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping slaves find freedom, as they are able.

Power To Escape Temptation

23.26 Able To Bear Up. Paul wrote that God will never tempt you beyond  what you are able (“δύνασθε”), but with the temptation will make the way of escape, so as to  empower yourself (“δύνασθαι”) to bear up (1 Corinthians 10:13, page 1791–complementary infinitive to empower yourself).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people escape from temptations.

Power To Stand

23.27 Able To Stand–Firm. Paul commanded the Ephesians to put on the full armor of God, to empower (“δύνασθαι”) you to stand against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11, page 1834). A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of empowering believers to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people wear the armor of God, so that they will stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

23.28 Able To Stand–Lord. Jesus forbade us to judge the servant of another. “To his own master he stands of falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able (“δυνατεῖ“) to make him stand” (Romans 14:4, page 1777).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people overcome the judgments of others, by recognizing that the Lord is able to make them stand.

23.29 Stand In God’s Way. Peter reported that God gave to the Gentiles the same gift as He gave to the Jerusalem believers after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I that I could (“δυνατὸς”) stand in God’s way” (Acts 11:17, pages 1721-1722).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of getting people not to stand in the way of God as He pursues His plans.

Power To Prophesy

23.30 Able To Prophesy. Paul explained to the Corinthians: “For you can (“δύνασθε”) all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping prophets prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted.

Power To Understand

23.31 Able To Understand. Paul wrote to the Ephesians: “By referring to this, when you read you can (“δύνασθε“) understand my insight into the mystery of Christ. ,” (Ephesians 3:4, page 1829).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people read the Scriptures, so that they may gain insight into the mystery of Christ.

Power To Be Saved

23.32 Able To Be Saved. The disciples were perplexed that Jesus had told them that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. They were astonished and asked Jesus: “The who can (“δύναται“) be saved” (Matthew 19:25, page 1535; Mark 10:26, page 1578: Luke 18:26, page 1637))? With God, all things are possible.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of showing that with God, all things are possible, so that even a rich man may enter the kingdom of God.

Power and Finances

23.33 Able To Make Grace Abound To You. Paul wrote: God is able (“δυνατεῖ”) to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2 Corinthians 9:8, page 1813).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping believers to experience the grace of God in everything, and particularly their finances, so that they may have an abundance for every good deed

23.34 Able To Be Sold. A woman anointed Jesus and His disciples were indignant: “For this perfume might have been (“ἐδύνατο”) sold for a high price and the money given to the poor (Matthew 26:9, page 1549).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of using physical goods for Godly purposes, even though the money may have been spent to help the poor.

Power and the Tongue

23.35 Able To Bridle. If a man does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able (“δυνατὸς”) to bridle the whole body as well” (James 3:2, page 1890).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping believers bridle the tongue and the body to glorify God.

Power To Heal

23.36 Healings. Jesus gave His disciples the power (“δύναμιν”) to heal diseases (“νόσους θεραπεύειν“) (Luke 9:1, page 1615). Just as Jesus healed the sick, so also the disciples could heal the sick.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of healing diseases.

 

Section Twenty Four

Powers and Possibilities

24.1 If Possible. At times, the noun “possible” (“δυνατόν”) occurs in the context of “if possible.”

24.1.1 If Possible–Deceive the Elect. Jesus said that false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible (“εἰ δυνατόν“), even the elect (Matthew 24:24, page 1545; Mark 13:22, page 1585).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of safeguarding the elect from being misled by false prophets showing great signs and wonders.

24.1.2 If Possible–Cup Pass. Jesus prayed that “if  possible” (“εἰ δυνατόν“), He would like to the cup to pass from Him. Even so, Jesus prayed not as I will, but as You will (Matthew 26:39, page 1551; Mark 14:35, page 1587).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping the elect to accept the will of God for them, even when it may be difficult to endure.

24.1.3 If Possible–In Jerusalem. Paul decided to sail past Ephesus, so that, if possible (“εἰ δυνατὸν“), he could be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 20:16, page 1740).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people fulfill their plans, as possible.

24.1.4 If Possible–Peace. Paul commanded the Romans: “If possible (“εἰ δυνατόν“), so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18, page 1776).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of helping people find peace, as far it depends upon the believer.

24.1.5 If Possible–Eyes. Paul commended the Corinthians: “For I bear you witness, that, if possible (“εἰ δυνατὸν“), you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me” (Galatians 4:15, page 1824).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of loving people so much, that they are willing to make physical sacrifices for them.

 

Section Twenty Five 

Powers and Patience

25.1 The Power of God Made Known. God endured with great patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, even though he was willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make known His great power (“δυνατὸν “) (Romans 9:24, page 1771).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of making the great power of God known, and at times demonstrating  the wrath of God.

 

Section Twenty Six

Powers and Strength

26.1 Strength. Paul recounted how afflictions in Asia burdened the ministry team beyond their strength (“δύναμιν”), so as to despair (“ἐξαπορηθῆναι“) even of life (2 Corinthians 1:8, page 1805).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of using the power God to strengthen people burdened beyond their strength and near despair.

Section Twenty Seven

Powers and Weakness

27.1 Power and Weakness. Paul wrote that he suffered for Christ’s sake with contentment; “for when I am weak, then I am strong (“δυνατός”) (2 Corinthians 12:10, page 1817).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of demonstrating that you can be strong, even when you are weak because of suffering, and so find spiritual contentment.

27.2 From Weakness Made Strong. By faith Old Testament saints from weakness (“ἀπὸ ἀσθενεία“) were made strong (“ἐδυναμώθησαν”). (Hebrews 11:34, page 1883). A list of verbs describes the action of faith in Hebrews 11:34, page 1883). All the verbs tell us how faith worked in the lives of Old Testament saints.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of making the weak strong in faith.

27.3 Weakness and PowerGod revealed to Paul that grace is sufficient for him to deal with his weakness. In fact, the power (“ γὰρ δύναμις“) is perfected in weakness (“ἀσθενείᾳ”) (2 Corinthians 12:9, page 1817). Paul boasted about his weaknesses, so that the power of Christ (“ δύναμις τοῦ Χριστοῦ“) may dwell in him (2 Corinthians 12:9, page 1817).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of boasting in personal weaknesses so that the power of Christ may dwell in that believer.

 

Section Twenty Eight

Gentleness and the Powers of God

28.1 Gentleness.  Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that even though they were empowered ones in weight (“δυνάμενοι ἐν βάρει“) as apostles of Christ, they proved to be as gentle among the Thessalonians as a nursing mother (1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, page 1847).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry characterized by a nursing-mother gentleness.

 

Section Twenty Nine

Sympathize and the Powers of God

29.1 Sympathize. Jesus being tempted (“πεπειρασμένον“) in all things as we are, remained without sin. Because He was tempted as we are, He is not a High Priest who cannot (“ δυνάμενον“) sympathize with our weaknesses (“ταῖς ἀσθενείαις“) (Hebrews 4:15, page 1873).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of sympathizing with weakness, because Jesus was tempted as we are, yet remained without sin.

Section Thirty

The Ministry of Gentleness and the Power of God

30.1 Deal Gently. Every high priest, except Jesus, was beset with weakness and required to offer sacrifices for his sins (Hebrews 5:1-4, page 1871). Because of their own weakness, those high priests were able (“δυνάμενος”) to deal gently with the ignorant and misguided.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of dealing with the weak and misguided, by the power of God working within them to bring them to faith in Jesus Christ and build up that faith.

 

Section Thirty One

The Ministry of Godliness and the Powers of God

31.1 Godliness. Paul wrote to Timothy that in the last days, men will will hold to a form of Godliness, although they have denied its power (“τὴν δύναμιν αὐτῆς“).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of exposing men who hold to a form of Godliness in their lives, although they have denied its power.

Section Thirty Two

Suffering and the Powers of God

32.1 Suffering according to The Power of God. Paul wrote to Timothy that he should not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of Paul, but join with Paul in suffering for the gospel, according to (“κατὰ”) the power (“δύναμιν”) of God (2 Timothy 1:8, page 1861).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers have a ministry of helping people through times of suffering for the gospel, according to the power of God. The power of God works through The Spiritual Gift of Works of Power to provide help while suffering for the Gospel.

 

Section Thirty Three

Fearlessness and the Powers of God

33.1 Fearlessness. Jesus commanded His disciples: ” Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable (“μὴ δυναμένων“) to kill the soul; but rather fear Him (“τὸν δυνάμενον“) who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (“γεέννῃ”) (Matthew 10:28, page 1517).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of fearlessness, so that they do not fear anyone but God, because only God has the power to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Section Thirty Four

Piety and the Powers of God

34.1 Power and Piety. Peter and John healed the lame man sitting at the Beautiful Gate (Acts 4:1-10, page 1703). As the man was clinging to Peter and John, standing on his feet for the first time, a crowd assembled around Peter and John. Seizing the moment, Peter preached Jesus to that crowd (Acts 4:11-26, pages 1703-1704).  He began his message to the Men of Israel by asking them whey they were amazed (“θαυμάζετ”). Then he asked them: “why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power (“δυνάμει”) or piety (“εὐσεβείᾳ”) we had made him walk” (Acts 4:12, page 1704).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of healing people, but then being careful immediately to disclaim that their own power or piety had anything to do with the healing; instead they focus their message upon the powerful salvation offered only through the risen Savior, Jesus Christ (Acts 3:12, page 1704).

Section Thirty Five

The Ministry of Comfort and the Powers of God

35.1 Able To Comfort. Paul revealed that as believers suffer in any affliction, God comforts us in all our affliction, to enable (“δύνασθαι”) us to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort  which we ourselves are are being comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:4, page 1864).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry, while the believer is suffering afflictions, of enabling other believers in the midst of afflictions to share the comfort of God with other believers.

Section Thirty Six

The Powers To Build Up and To Give an Inheritance

36.1 The Power of Grace.  Paul commended the Ephesian elders to God and the word of His grace, which is able (“ῷ δυναμένῳ”) to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32, page 1741).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of commending people to God and the word of  His grace, which is able to build them up and given them an inheritance among those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32, page 1741). 

Section Thirty Seven

Arrogance and the Power of God

37.1 Arrogance of Many Tutors. Paul knew that some people at Corinth opposed Paul and his ministry. Paul observed that the Corinthians had developed countless tutors in Christ, but Paul remained their only father in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They stirred up the Corinthians believers to oppose Paul (1 Corinthians 4:14-21, page 1786).  The Corinthians also had bitter factions among themselves (1 Corinthians 3:1-9, pages 1784-1785). Paul wrote that he when returned to the Corinthians, he would confront the arrogant (“ἐφυσιώθησάν”) and find out about their power (“τὴν δύναμιν“), not the words of the arrogant (“οὐ τὸν λόγον τῶν πεφυσιωμένων”). Paul emphasized that the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power (“δυνάμει”) (1 Corinthians 4:19-21, page 1786).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry based upon the power of God, sufficient to confront false teachers and finding out about their power, because the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

37.2 Arrogance of Immorality. Paul also confronted the Corinthians about their arrogance concerning immorality among them. A man had taken his father’s wife, and no one objected. Such immorality did not even exist among the Gentiles, but the Corinthians did not mourn, so that the immoral would be removed from their midst. Instead of mourning, they had become arrogant (“πεφυσιωμένοι”) toward that immoral behavior. Therefore, Paul had already judged the person who had committed this sin, even though Paul was not physically present, but rather spiritually present. Paul determined that, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and with the power of the Lord Jesus (“τῇ δυνάμει τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ“), Paul would deliver such a one to satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 5:1-5, pages 1786-1787). 

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of confronting the arrogant who do not mourn over immorality in the assembly, so that the immoral one may be delivered to satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

 

Section Thirty Eight

Hypocrisy and the Powers of God

38.1 Religious Hypocrisy. Jesus entered a synagogue and met a woman who for eighteen years had been bent double, a sickness (“ἀσθενείας”) caused by a spirit (“πνεῦμα ἔχουσα“). She was unable (“μὴ δυναμένη“) to straighten at all. Jesus freed her (“ἀπολέλυσαι”) and laid his hands on her. The synagogue official became indignant (“ἀγανακτῶν“) because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath. Jesus called them hypocrites, because they loosed their donkeys on the Sabbath, but they objected to Jesus loosing the woman, a daughter of Abraham, on the Sabbath. All of the opponents of Jesus were being humiliated, but the entire crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things Jesus did (Luke 12:10-17, page 1627).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may heal people in front of religious people, and show everyone the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who oppose Jesus.

 

Section Thirty Nine 

Power and Language

39.1 The Power of the Voice. Paul wrote that if he did not know “the meaning of the language” (” τὴν δύναμιν τῆς φωνῆς“),  then he would be a barbarian to the one speaking and the one speaking would be a barbarian to him (1 Corinthians 14:11, page 1799). Therefore, the term “power” may mean the ability to speak and understand a language.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of speaking foreign languages, without learning them.

Section Forty

No Power To Produce

40.1 No Power To Produce Fruit. Jesus taught: “A good tree cannot (“οὐ δύναται “) produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree produce good fruit” (Matthew 7:18, page 1511).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of producing good fruit in believers.

40.2 No Power for Fig Tree To Produce Olives. Regarding the tongue, James asked if a fig tree can (“μὴ δύναται“) produce olives or a vine produce figs? Nor salt water produce fresh (James 3:12, page 1890).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of using the tongue to produce good fruit.

 

Section Forty One

The Ministry of Admonish One Another and the Powers of God

41.1 Admonish One Another. In Romans 15, Paul commanded strong believers to bear the weakness of those without strength. Those believers must accept one another, just as Christ accepted us to the glory of God. Yet, believers full of goodness, and filled with all knowledge, are empowered (“δυνάμενοι“) to admonish (“νουθετεῖν”) one another.  Please take notice that the strong believers, not just the pastor, do the admonishing (Romans 15:1-21, page 1779).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of admonishing other believers, while accepting them just as Jesus accepted us to the glory of God.

Section Forty Two

Powers and Antichrist and Demons

42.1 Able To Resist. Ministry of armor bearers. Believers must take up the full armor of God, so that they will be able (“δυνηθῆτε”) to resist in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13, page 1834).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of taking up the full armor of God, so that the believer will be able to resist in the evil day.

42.3 Able To Extinguish. Believers who take up the shield of faith will be able (“δυνήσεσθε”) to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16, page 1834).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of taking up the shield of faith, so that the shield shall extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

42.4 No Power To Cast Out without Prayer. Jesus taught His disciples that some demons cannot (“οὐδενὶ δύναται“) come out by anything but prayer (Mark 9:29, page 1575).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of casting out demons, even those who require prayer.

42.5 Destruction of Fortresses. God gave every believer “weapons of warfare not of the flesh, but divinely powerful (“δυνατὰ τῷ θεῷ“) for the destruction of fortresses” (2 Corinthians 10:4, page 1814).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of using weapons of warfare not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

42.6 Authority over Demons. Jesus gave His disciples power (“δύναμιν”) and authority (“ἐξουσίαν”) over all the demons (“τὰ δαιμόνια“) and to heal diseases (“νόσους θεραπεύειν“) (Luke 9:1, page 1615). Jesus distinguished power and authority. Compare Jesus with power (“δυνάμει”) and authority (“ἐξουσίᾳ”) commanding the unclean spirits (“οῖς ἀκαθάρτοις πνεύμασιν“) and they come out (Luke 4:31-37, page 1603). Power means you have received the ability to cast out out unclean spirits, and authority means you have the right to exercise that power in the Name of Jesus Christ who gave you that power. To understand the concept of  “authority,” consider the centurion who said he was a man under authority (“ἐξουσίαν”), with soldiers under him. He says to a soldier under him, “Go,” and he goes (Mathew 8:9, page 1512). Authority (“ἐξουσίαν”) describes the right to issue commands and expect obedience. Power means you have the ability to enforce your will.  This study of The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers focuses upon works of  “powers” (“δυνάμεις”). Jesus had both power and authority over all demons and all diseases and could heal them at will. Yet, at Nazareth, Jesus wondered at their unbelief and was unable to work many miracles. The problem was not with Jesus, but with His hometown, His relatives and His own household rejecting Him.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of the ability to command unclean spirits and they obey.

42.7 All the Power of the Enemy. Jesus gave His disciples the authority (“τὴν ἐξουσίαν “) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (“τὴν δύναμιν“) of the enemy, and nothing will injure (“οὐ μὴ ἀδικήσῃ“) you (Luke 10:19, page 1619).

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have a ministry of exercising authority over all the power of the enemy.

Section Forty Three
Powers and the Future

43.1 The Powers of the Age to Come. In Hebrews 6, we read about a group of people who have “tasted the good word of God and the powers (“δυνάμεις”) of the age to to come” (Hebrews 6:5, page 1874).  These people had heard the word of salvation, but never believed the word of salvation (see Eternal Security). The implication stands that, in the future, a new age will dawn and the powers of that age will be very awesome. Even today, those powers work in some people, while others have only tasted the same. Jesus said to the crowd and His disciples: “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come in power (“δυνάμει”)” (Mark 9:1, page 1574).  For a full discussion of the fulfillment of that prophecy, see   the article Shall Not Taste Death.  Jesus spoke of John and Peter, and perhaps others, who wrote down the revelations they received regarding the kingdom of God coming in power.

Identification. A believer with The Spiritual Gift of Works of Power may have a ministry of speaking about the kingdom of God coming in power, based upon the revelations provided in the New Testament.

Hallmarks of the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers

Works of Powers: Understanding the Spiritual Gift. The believer with the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers displays works using powers of God. As above, the ministry of the works of powers may take many forms, and produce a variety of effects. I have listed a few of those hallmarks below.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of performing signs, particularly with his hands, so that unbelievers come to salvation.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God may grant that signs and wonders be done to draw attention the ministry of people sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of seeing signs produced by God to identify the works of God being to herald future events and identify God’s plans.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of the Holy Spirit empowering the believer to speak, act and glorify God in many different ways.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of performing great wonders and signs among the people, while filled with grace and power.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of  traveling to enemy territory and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while performing signs and great works of power, so that even magicians are astonished and baptized.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of quenching physical fire

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of identifying previous works of powers by God for the purpose of showing His great salvation throughout history.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of overcoming the power of riches by the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of considering whether a person is strong enough spiritually to overcome a stronger enemy force.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of overcoming evil powers by the salvation, glory and power which belong to God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people find and use the ability of the power of God working within them to come to faith and to help believers use and increase their faith so that they stop doing things displeasing to God and start using the power of God to please Him in more and greater ways.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of raising the dead by the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of making plans by the power of God that no human will be able to overthrow.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who think the word of the cross is foolishness, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of doing all things and triumphing over all persecutions, struggles and afflictions by the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of demonstrating the power of God to raise the dead by convincing proofs from the Scriptures.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of  doing great things for people by the power of the Mighty One.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping believers realize how to use the power of God to do all things in God’s power according to God’s purpose, recognizing that we not able to do anything on our own.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of using God’s power in both words and deeds.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of speaking with God’s knowledge and wisdom so that no one is able to answer a word.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a life of overcoming unbelieving siblings, relatives and a place known for its evil practices by the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of demonstrating authority and power over unclean spirits, in the Name of Jesus, to confirm the message of salvation.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of doing many powers  in many places, but his hometown and his relatives and his household will take offense at him and the wisdom and powers displayed through him, so that they dishonor him and limit the works of of powers in that place because of their unbelief; even so the believer continues on fulfilling the will of God for a lifetime.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of healing people, The Spiritual Gift of Healings. The difference between The Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers includes a variety of powerful deeds and words (which may include healings, but includes much more), whereas The Spiritual Gift of Healings  primarily focuses upon healings by the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of plundering the house of the devil in the name of Jesus. This ministry may include casting out demons, breaking the power of the devil in a person’s life, and exercising power over the devil in the name of Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of healing people who know the Lord is willing and able to heal them.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of power going forth from the believer because someone seeking healing has touched a  garment worn by the believer.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of power over physical illness, such as a bleeding problem for many years.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of power over physical disfigurement, such as the inability to stand upright for many years.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of power to find enough food to feed a hungry crowd and satisfy them with food.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of performing works of powers in the name of Jesus, and will have no power  to speak evil of Jesus soon afterwards.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of strengthening believers, whom God considers faithful, so that God may put that believer into service, even though that believer was previously a blasphemer and a persecutor and violent aggressor.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of speaking for Jesus with such utterance and power that the believer’s  opponents will not be able to resist or refute.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of proving that Christ is not weak in believers, but powerful in them, even when their lives demonstrate problems with immorality, factions, drunkenness, and other sinful practices.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry to believers facing temptation by strengthening them with the knowledge   that Jesus has suffered temptation, and so Jesus is able to aid those who are tempted.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of strengthening believers with the knowledge that nothing is able to separate them from the love of God, which in is in Christ Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of strengthening believers that all things are possible in God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of strengthening believers with the knowledge that God alone has the ability to save people.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of demonstrating that all things are possible with God, even casting out demons in the Name of Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of proclaiming the power of the sacred writings which gives the wisdom leading to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of implanting the word, which is able to save souls, so that believer put aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of showing that the kingdom of God grows so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of speaking to rulers and demonstrating that they must be born again. Through the powerful salvation of Jesus Christ, and Him alone, those rulers may be born again,even when they are old.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of ascertaining facts in order to decide disputes.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of using legal rights to defend against false charges

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of showing that accusers cannot prove their charges.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of calming down disorderly gatherings, particularly those riots which break the civil law.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of presenting spiritual truths in the context of a legal defense that gives glory to God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry, based on the wisdom of God, of deciding disputes between his brethren, without going to any civil court.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping churches keep the Word of Jesus, and not deny His name in what they do and say.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping churches walk through open doors, which no one can shut.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of uniting the body of Christ so that each member understands their need for every other member in the body of Christ.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry, as an elder, of holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with teaching, so that he will be able to exhort  and to refute those who contradict.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of overcoming powerful men by the powers of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping the powerful believers to bear with the weakness of those without strength and not just please themselves.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of urging believers to examine their calling, so that they recognize that not many mighty were called.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping believers rejoice when they are strong in the Lord Jesus, and praying the powers of God may make them complete.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may be part of a ministry team that avoids giving any cause of offense which might discredit the ministry, but commends itself in power.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may be impelled by the Holy Spirit to move to various geographical areas, where God will use that person to perform great ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of demonstrating the power of God so that opportunities arise to preach Jesus to religious leaders who deny Him.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry (often as part of a ministry team) of giving powerful testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, with great grace upon all of the ministry team.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of doing good works of powers, and healing (see The Spiritual Gifts of Healing) all who are oppressed by the Devil.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of being a witness of Jesus with power, having been clothed with power from the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of overcoming the power of sin, which is found particularly in the law.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of overcoming defilement by the powers of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of works of powers to bring entire cities to repentance leading to salvation.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of teaching and praying that the God of Hope will fill other believers with all joy and peace in believing, so that they will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in demonstration of Spirit and power, so that the faith of the converts would rest on the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of preaching not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that the faith of the converts may rest not on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of bringing the Gospel not in word only, but also in power and in the holy Spirit with full conviction.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of implanting the word, which, when received in humility, is able to save your souls, so that you are able to put aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ by demonstrating that Law has no power to save anyone.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, supported by a display of extraordinary miracles, with handkerchiefs and aprons bringing healing and casting out demons.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of doing works of powers in the Holy Spirit with new believers, so that they will understand that their salvation did not come through the Law, but rather through hearing with faith.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of building up the saints and reminding them that they have an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of establishing believers according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the preaching of Jesus Christ.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of proclaiming Christ crucified to both Jews and Gentiles, knowing and demonstrating that the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of joining faith with works that evidence salvation

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of believing that God is able to perform His promises, even when it appears to be physically impossible.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of asking unbelievers how they can believe, when they receive glory from men and do not seek glory from the one and only God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of equipping to find and use the ability of the power of God working within them to come to faith and to help believers use and increase their faith so that they stop doing things displeasing to God and start using the power of God to please Him in more and greater ways.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of provoking people to ask “Are we able to know’ about Jesus and His resurrection, and then preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. 

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of keeping believers from stumbling, particularly when they contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of performing undeniable works of healing as a testimony to religious tribunals.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of being unable to stop speaking about Jesus Christ, even after warnings from government or religious officials.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of standing against opposition, while proclaiming that the ministry team is unable to do anything against the truth.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of  praying for believers that the eyes of their hearts may be enlightened so that they may know the surpassing greatness of the power toward us that believe, according to the strength of His might, and acting upon that knowledge.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of praying that believers would be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of  praying that believers would see Jesus seated at the right hand of God in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is name, not only in this age but also in the age to come and acting upon that knowledge.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of praying that God would do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of praying for believers to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of praying for believers to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of praying for believers to be strengthened with all power, according to the glorious might of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of prayerful encouragement of other believers by both praying for those believers and then sharing your prayer with them, just like Paul did in discipling the saints at Colossae.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of praying that God would count believers worthy of their calling, and sharing those prayers with those believers.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of praying that God would fulfill the believers’ work of faith with power, and sharing those prayers with those believers.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of making disciples and praying for the work of faith with power, and sharing those prayers with those believers.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of bearing much fruit for God because they abide in Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of shining so brightly for God that the believer cannot be hidden.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of living and dealing with possessions based upon the knowledge that  the believer has no power to take anything out of this world.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of  living with knowledge that the believer will be resurrected and unable to die once they are resurrected.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of speaking powerful words and just the right time, according to the ability of the believer to receive the message.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of carefully limiting the things said to other believers, because they are not able to bear them now.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of giving milk to some believers, because they are unable to eat solid food.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of living an exemplary life as a disciple of Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of hating family members by following Jesus without family entanglements.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of carrying his own cross daily while following Jesus as a disciple.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of giving up all his own possessions to follow Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of living in demonstration of overcoming sin, because he is born of God. The believer will still sin some, but his life will demonstrate extraordinary power in overcoming sin.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of working so long as it is day.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of demonstrating that we are secure in Christ, and no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of Able Now, Drink Later, meaning that some believers with the Spiritual Gift of Works of Powers may have the ministry of explaining the importance of exercising abilities later, in keeping with God’s timing.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of demonstrating and explaining the timing of God (e.g., not able now, but later) to other believers.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of : (a) giving thanks to God for all the joy on account of fellow believers living for Jesus Christ; and (b) letting those believers know how you thank God for the joy they give to the ministry team. 

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people face death as they experience various trials.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of physical sacrifice for the kingdom of God, and helping people understand and accepts such sacrifice.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of explaining that Jesus is the only way to the Father.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping the poor by doing good to them.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of using the valuable things entrusted to him by Jesus according to his full ability.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of giving according to their ability and beyond their ability. See The Spiritual Gift of Giving.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping women conceive, even beyond their natural childbearing years.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of persuading people that even though they trust their family lineage, they must turn away from such trust to believing only Jesus Christ can and will save them by faith alone.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of removing logs from the eyes of people.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping slaves find freedom, as they are able.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people escape from temptations.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people wear the armor of God, so that they will stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people overcome the judgments of others, by recognizing that the Lord is able to make them stand.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of getting people not to stand in the way of God as He pursues His plans.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping prophets prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people read the Scriptures, so that they may gain insight into the mystery of Christ.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of showing that with God, all things are possible, so that even a rich man may enter the kingdom of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping believers to experience the grace of God in everything, and particularly their finances, so that they may have an abundance for every good deed

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of using physical goods for Godly purposes, even though the money may have been spent to help the poor.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping believers bridle the tongue and the body to glorify God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of healing diseases.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of safeguarding the elect from being misled by false prophets showing great signs and wonders.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping the elect to accept the will of God for them, even when it may be difficult to endure.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of people fulfill their plans, as possible.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people find peace, as far it depends upon the believer.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of loving people so much, that they are willing to make physical sacrifices for them.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of making the great power of God known, and at times demonstrating  the wrath of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of using the power God to strengthen people burdened beyond their strength and near despair.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of demonstrating that you can be strong, even when you are weak because of suffering, and so find spiritual contentment.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of making the weak strong in faith.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of boasting in personal weaknesses so that the power of Christ may dwell in that believer.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry characterized by a nursing-mother gentleness.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of sympathizing with weakness, because Jesus was tempted as we are, yet remained without sin.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of dealing with the weak and misguided, by the power of God working within them to bring them to faith in Jesus Christ and build up that faith.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of exposing men who hold to a form of Godliness in their lives, although they have denied its power.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of helping people through times of suffering for the gospel, according to the power of God

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of fearlessness, so that they do not fear anyone but God, because only God has the power to destroy both soul and body in hell.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of healing people, but then being careful immediately to disclaim that their own power or piety had anything to do with the healing; instead they focus their message upon the powerful salvation offered only through the risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry, while the believer is suffering afflictions, of enabling other believers in the midst of afflictions to share the comfort of God with other believers.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of commending people to God and the word of  His grace, which is able to build them up and given them an inheritance among those who are sanctified.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of based upon the power of God, sufficient to confront false teachers and finding out about their power, because the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of  confronting the arrogant who do not mourn over immorality in the assembly, so that the immoral one may be delivered to satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of heal people in front of religious people, and show everyone the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who oppose Jesus.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of speaking foreign languages, without learning them.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of producing good fruit in believers.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of using the tongue to produce good fruit.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of admonishing other believers, while accepting them just as Jesus accepted us to the glory of God.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of taking up the full armor of God, so that the believer will be able to resist in the evil day.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of taking up the shield of faith, so that the shield shall extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of casting out demons, even those who require prayer.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of using weapons of warfare not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of the ability to command unclean spirits and they obey.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of exercising authority over all the power of the enemy.

♦ Works-of Powers-gifted believers may have a ministry of speaking about the kingdom of God coming in power, based upon the revelations provided in the New Testament.

HALLELUJAH !