Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
Oh, how I want you to know Jesus –– not just to “know about” Him but to know Him intimately, and to know the power of His resurrection! There is a life for you, a life of walking in the power of God. Many Christians don’t believe that power is for today, but it certainly was for the churches to whom Paul wrote. It happened to me on November 1, 2001. Baptized in the Holy Spirit, I shook all over, spoke in an unknown language in praise to God and was filled with God’s actual love and His blessed Holy Spirit. It was granted to me so I can glorify God and Christ in my life. Do you love God? Then I know you will ask, seek and knock until you receive His glorious gift, too.
In Ephesians 1 and 3, Paul prays for this power to come upon those in the church at Ephesus. It is like no other, because it comes from the very throne of God by way of Jesus Christ, worked in and through us by the Holy Spirit. The Ephesians were very good at determining false doctrines (see Revelation 2) but in the midst of all of their good works, they had lost their first love. They didn’t go on with Jesus, and they were in danger of losing their place as one of His churches.
There is a greater life for you, here and now. It’s Christ’s eternal life in you, abundantly (John 10:10). It’s His love poured out in your heart until it overflows and spills out on everyone around you. It’s power over sin and Satan.
How does it come? By faith in the Holy One of God. Jesus said to His believing followers, “How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (see Luke 11:13). You see? It happens after you believe in Christ. Those who call God “Father” are to ask for His Holy Spirit. Pray and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith.
But don’t forget the rest of Philippians 3:10. In knowing the power of His resurrection, be prepared to know His suffering. You will be persecuted by religious ones. And be prepared to die to your own desires, just as Jesus died to His. He lived to do the will of God, and that meant the death of all but His will. But this death to self that you must die leads to freedom and His resurrection power. Is He worth it? How could a gift from God be worthless? I never heard Paul complain once. And I won’t either –– it is joy unspeakable and full of glory!