«Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory» Ephesians 3:20, 21
IN HIS OWN LIFE, the apostle Paul experienced that the gospel «is the power of God to salvation» (Romans 1:16). After having taken an active part in Stephen’s stoning death, Saul unfurled all his hatred by ravaging the church, and «entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison» (Acts 8:3). Not satisfied with that, and «still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord,» he asl<ed Annas and Caiaphas for «letters . . . to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem» (Acts 9:1, 2). Damascus was an important city located about ninety miles from Jerusalem and, according to Flavius Josephus, a significant number of Jews lived there.
It was precisely as he was traveling to Damascus that Paul had an encounter with Jesus and went from being a persecutor to becoming a disciple of Christ; from being a Jewish rabbi and a proud member of the Pharisaic class to being the greatest transmitter of the Christian message. The one who considered himself a «Hebrew of Hebrews» would now be the instrument God would use to take the message of salvation to the Gentiles. The one who considered himself «blameless» now considered himself chief among sinners. And that whole change was brought about by the gospel.
God made Paul go from the «power of darkness» to the «kingdom of the Son He loves» (Colossians 1:13, NET). Satan’s power in Paul’s life was destroyed because a higher power began to act in the apostle. When Paul thought about that, he simply voiced this sublime doxology:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen» (Ephesians 3:20, 21).
The Greek word translated in this passage as «works» is energumene, from which our word «energy» derives. God’s power energizes our lives and brings about a change in us. Wouldn’t you like that power to begin working in your life? If God changed Paul, He will also change you.