The Word of God always comes to pass. God has chosen believers for a reason. He chose them for eternal life and equally chose them to make His mind known toward them. If He did not intend to make His mind toward us known, it is impossible for us to live out a life that pleases Him; it is impossible for us to do the things He called us to do, for we do not know how and when to do them. He has prepared works beforehand for each one of us; they may differ from one to another. And to execute those works in us He has also provided us with His power. God will make sure that all who believe in Him see the power of His kingdom. He will ensure we grasp the things that have taken place in His kingdom so that we too have the certainty of receiving them. His Word stands to this day. “And Jesus was saying to them, ‘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 with power’” (Mark 9:1).
When you are saved by grace through faith and as a result have received the Holy Spirit, you will experience the kingdom of God with power. The kingdom has come and exists, because of the power of God that works in it. It is only by His power and the various ways in which it is demonstrated that the Kingdom still lives. He who believed in Christ will not taste death until He sees that Kingdom; for he has to see because of the power that lingers. In other words, God’s power that is able to change circumstances and times and brings into existence that which did not will be felt by that person. It is His promise. We will not taste death until we fully see His kingdom or the things necessary for us and are geared toward us take place by His power. Everything that pertains to us after being saved is of God and they have nothing to do with the world. For God has made plans and ordained purposes to us that we belong to Him. As we walk the path He set for us, we unquestionably see His power that works.
Because we through faith in Christ enter/entered the Kingdom that is with power, we inevitably witness and experience the power. To see the kingdom of God is to witness His acts in our lives. Then we get to understand His wisdom, strength, capability and glory. This also gives the continual confidence that we are eternally saved. In every circumstance of our life God seeks to interfere, if we give Him the liberty to do so. It is then that we can fully witness His kingdom that is with power. We know there’s no match to His power. So, we can be sure that all things in which He involves will yield benefit and progress. His power will suffice everything.
The greatest thing about God’s kingdom is that everything it gives us is not according to the measure of the world; neither is it of the world. We may receive some from the world because God has put them in it for our sake, but not as the world receives or acquires. “Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm’” (John 18:36). None of what we receive by the power that is in the Kingdom is stained by the world. Everything God plans for us is heavenly and so, everything we receive accordingly is of the heaven. If it is wealth, it is so that He can use it thoroughly for the work of His kingdom. If it is spiritual gifts, it is so that He can sustain His children. If it is various works, it is so that by our faith and obedience His glory and might is known to the world. They are God granting to us with power so that we rejoice and are without sorrow and guilt. At times believers make the mistake of understanding His power from their perspective and expect things only to later realize they are not in His mind. But to expect things by His power is to sit back and believe He does what is best for us. It is all we must do. If we measure His power to avail us from carnal thinking, we are hardly exercising faith for Him to fulfill His will toward us.
There is no measure to show as to how many things God’s power is able to accomplish in His kingdom. There are no fixed ways to put a limit to it. For every instance and circumstance regardless of time period it is able to provide. “When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). Paul and Barnabas reported all things to the church. Those things were necessary for them at that time. Similarly, God will accomplish with us all things necessary in our time by His power; we see His kingdom. And, His workings among us will create ways for many to believe in the only Savior, Jesus Christ. It is through His power alone that gospel must reach the lost, and it must work in us. For this reason, God has called and chosen us and we will not see death until all He has purposed in us is fulfilled. And let us look at what it means when we are seeing God’s kingdom with power.
- We are fulfilling God’s desire. “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). Paul did not say this without substance. His substance was the power of God working with and in him. When we on our part are imitating the faithful, we are witnessing God’s power as they did. We are carrying forward God’s righteousness that is by faith, His desire toward the lost and His goodness.
- We have matured. “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater” (2 Thess. 1:3). We have come to know that which God exactly seeks from us. We have grown immensely in faith and so our love toward one another. We ourselves can assess our faith and realize that God is working much closely with us.
- We own our responsibility. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (2 Pet. 3:18). We make efforts to receive more grace by the grace that has already been received. Because we understand how grace works, we increase our faith through God’s guidance for more grace. Therefore, we are sustained in grace. As for the knowledge of our Lord, it keeps increasing through the wisdom that comes from the power of God.
- We rejoice in our identity. “They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads” (Rev. 9:4). We know and are sure that we do not fall into God’s judgment. We live under His care and lead a tranquil life. At all times we are comforted so that we are not in sorrow.