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B. The Power.
    Matt. 6:9-15 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Power, what to do with power? A subject that has been a disappointment to the author in the past, as a matter of fact in the recent past. But now God has lifted the veil a little bit, and things that were not seen before are now becoming visible. Praise God, our Father. May he continue to open our eyes that we may see Him, the glorious truth.
    Note: there are two words in the New Testament that are translated as the power of God, exousia and dunamis; while this study is particularly interested in dunamis (1411), both words should be considered for a full understanding of the power of God.
    The power of God, is that thing that the people of the earth reject. The power of God is kept at a distance, if acknowledged at all, this keeps people safe in their little bubbles. Y'all are familiar with the little bubbles right, everything is as expected in the little bubble. But outside the bubble the world is in its last hour, a spiritual war is being fought, evil rules the world and wickedness is found in all places, even in the people that proclaim themselves to be the people of God; and there is no fear of God in them (Romans 3:18). Instead of drawing closer to God, they busy themselves with small matters, spiritual and worldly, that actually keep them from being close to God, from having the faith that is needed in the coming days.
    The power of God comes from God; therefore it is the power of and for the people of God, and the people of God need to embrace God in the fullest sense; because for all of the glorious words, and thoughts; the people of God do not know the power of God in an everyday application. They are too busy trusting in themselves to provide for daily life, what happens when they cannot provide for themselves any longer?
    There is fear of the power of God, which comes from God, and it is not limited as are the things of the earth. The things on the earth seem to follow rules or laws, which provides comfort and understanding to the inhabitants of the earth, who deny their heavenly/spiritual nature.

    Sad that believing in the power of God is reason to be ridiculed, among some supposed Christians. But it is the power of God, the mighty works of God, that have no limit, and the people of God should rejoice in the power of God.
    Lk. 1:28-35 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
    The earthly cannot explain this. There are rules, or laws, that govern how things are done and that is the only way that things happen. Therefore, the explanation to these verses must have a reasonable explanation, right? If this is the rule then there are no answered prayers, no salvation, no heaven, no kingdom of God, and no God, ... because there is no unknown, immeasurable, incredible, power of God.
    But these verses are not speaking of the limited power of the earth, the angel speaks of the power of the Highest, God is a spirit. What does the earthly know of the heavenly? What does the flesh know of the spirit?
    In this discussion the shadow is not important? But it is beautiful to contemplate. When you have opportunity consider the shadow, there is no mysterious reference to a physical form in the shadow. The mystery is the form that casts the shadow in the first place.
    Overshadow = 1982 episkiazo {ep-ee-skee-ad'-zo} Meaning: 1) to throw a shadow upon, to envelop in a shadow, to overshadow Origin: from 1909 and a derivative of 4639; TDNT - 7:399,1044; vUsage: AV - overshadow 5; 5
    1982 Misc: From a vaporous cloud that casts a shadow the word is transferred to a shining cloud surrounding and enveloping persons with brightness. Used of the Holy Spirit exerting creative energy upon the womb of the virgin Mary and impregnating it (a use of the word which seems to have been drawn from the familiar OT idea of a cloud as symbolising the immediate presence and power of God)
    c.f. Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 1:35; 9:34; Acts 5:15 (all five uses of 1982 in the New Testament).

  1. From Romans Study Hmmm;
  2.     Effort will be made to keep this brief, examples of dunamis that is.
        Matt. 11:18-24 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. 20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works (1411) were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works (1411), which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works (1411), which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
        Do you wonder what these mighty works were? What did Jesus do in Bethsaida, and what did Jesus do in Capernaum?

        Now consider the mighty works (dunamis) of Jesus.
        Mk. 8:22-26 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

        Matt. 8:5-13 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
        Examples of the power (dunamis) of God. Amazing the power of a little spit, and of the words of Jesus. It is written that Jesus restored sight to the blind with His word, with His spit, and with clay (mud) made from spittle; Jesus can heal by touch, by being touched, or by His words. This is the power of God at work through Jesus. How many other ways does Jesus need to shew who He is?

    1. The power of God, as a manifestation of supernatural power.
    2.     Matthew 14:1-2 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works (1411) do shew forth themselves in him.
          Fascinating really. There are certain things done that Herod associates with the power of God {dunamis (1411)}. Herod knew of a special power, inexplicable power, incredible power, that He had only seen in one man. Therefore Herod thought that this power was only associated with that one man.

          Mk. 6:12-16 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. 14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. 15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. 16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
          Note the power of God that is manifest in the things that the disciples did, special things, inexplicable things, incredible things. Things that associate a person with the power of God, not with John the Baptist.

          Mk. 5:24-31 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue (1411) had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
          Jesus knew that power had gone out from Him, suggesting that there is control of the power; Jesus knew His clothes had been touched, 'Who touched my clothes". Interesting to consider, but has Jesus made the power available to all that reach out to Him? Also, did Jesus not know who touched Him? Or is this an example of asking a question for the purpose of teaching; maybe to emphasize coming to Jesus and asking for forgiveness, and that Jesus has the power over life?
          Interesting to note that the power hung about Jesus and the disciples, it was not confined to their physical form; and it could be found in their garments. The woman with the issue of blood just touched the garments of Jesus and was healed, an extension of her faith, and a statement of the power that resided in Jesus.
            Acts 19:11-12 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
            The power of God that was in Paul, clung to items that were from his body and used to heal and to cast out devils.
            Hard to believe, supernatural, or, not natural; the power of God should, and does, defy explanation of the earthy. The power of God, is like God, and defies the laws of the physical realm, He cannot be explained by natural phenomenon. The natural world shows the glory of God, but is inexplainable under the laws of nature, therefore mankind denies the existence of God or a supernatural power. Plus, the natural world only gives a glimpse of the glory of God.

            Lk. 6:17-19 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
            The whole multitude sought to touch Him, for there went virtue out of Him. Amazing to think about the power of God, also called, the mighty works of God. It is hard to separate God from His power, and why should the people of God want to?

          Is this like Holy ground, the unclean becomes clean because of its proximity to that which is Holy (Exodus 3:5)?

    3. Power and power?
    4.     Lk. 4:31-37 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power (exousia 1849). 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. 36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority (exousia 1849) and power (1411) he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
          Here are two words that are translated as power, one of which, exousia 1849, is also translated as authority. These two words give us a glimpse into a different kind of power, the ability to speak freely and to act freely (1849), besides the inexplicable aspects of the power of God.
          Jesus spoke freely, that is with authority (1849); Jesus is not subject to the whims of mankind, or the approval of mankind; His words are not scripted, nor do they need the approval of another. This is a type of power, freedom to speak, that is taken for granted today by many. But it should be noted that even now in this country people are not allowed to speak freely in some places, and in supposed Christian churches the word of God cannot be freely discussed. Church leaders, pastors and deacons, are expected to say and to preach certain things service after service, again and again; instead of the words that God has given them to speak.
          Power/authority = 1849 Friberg, Analytical Greek Lexicon [Fri] authority, right, power; (1) as denoting the power of decision making, especially as the unlimited possibility of action proper to God authority, power (AC 1.7); (2) as denoting God's power displayed through the sphere of nature power, authority (RV 9.10, 19); (3) as denoting limited authority to act, given to Satan in his sphere of dominion power, sphere of power, dominion (AC 26.18); (4) as Jesus' divinely given and unrestricted exercise of freedom to act power, authority (JN 10.18); (5) as authority imparted to a community to act in ordering relationships within it right, control, authority (2C 13.10); (6) as those in whom authority for ruling rests, both supernatural and human, especially in the plural officials, authorities, dignitaries, (the) government (CO 1.16); (7) 1C 11.10 variously interpreted, including (a) a woman ought to have authority over her own head (to unveil) and (b) a woman ought to have (a sign or symbol of) authority on her head (a head-covering, pointing to the authority of her husband)
          Exousia (1849) can also be used of the power of God as dunamis is (1411). This becomes somewhat confusing. It is needful to concentrate on the context and not the particular Greek word under consideration, sound advice in all studies.

          Power = 1411 Friberg, Analytical Greek Lexicon [Fri] (1) as able to produce a strong effect power, might, strength (AC 1.8), opposite (weakness); plural, as universal or supernatural rulers powers (MT 24.29); (2) as capacity for something ability, capability (2C 8.3); (3) as ability to communicate through language meaning, force (1C 14.11); (4) as supernatural manifestations of power miracle, wonder, powerful deed (HE 2.4); (5) as the value and usefulness of money wealth, resources, riches (RV 18.3)
          This lesson is considering the power (1411) of God, translated as power in this passage. Power that is outside of the laws of nature, and beyond human comprehension, in the 36th verse power is in reference to the casting out of unclean spirits, a demonstration of power that is beyond the earthly.

    5. An explanation of sorts?
    6.     Lk. 5:17-26 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power (1411) of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power (1849) upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
          Strange things = 3861paradoxos {par-ad'-ox-os} Meaning: 1) unexpected, uncommon, incredible, wonderful Origin: from 3844 and 1391 (in the sense of seeming); TDNT - 2:255,178; adj Usage: AV - strange 1; 1
          This is such a wonderful description of the power of God. Strange things, it is interesting to note that these are Pharisees and Doctors (scribes) of the law; and the masters of the law do not know the power of God. These are the ones that spend their lives in nothing but the law, the word of God, and find the power of God a strange thing, why? You know the answer, Ö because they are of the earth, earthy, and as such they do not understand spiritual things. Although they might be more likely to understand spiritual things than the Sadducees.
          How many examples of the power of God are found in the first five books of the Bible? How many examples of the power of God are found in the Old Testament? How does a person spend years in contemplation of the word of God and not know the power of God?

  3. You go astray not knowing ...
  4.  Matt. 22:23-33 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27 And last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 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. 33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. c.f. Mark 12:18-27;
        Interesting, this is a question of the resurrection, therefore it is a question about the kingdom of God. Jesus says, 'You go astray, you do not know the thing written, or the power of God'.
        First, is there a relationship between the scriptures and the power of God? Second, the fact that the chosen people of God do not know the thing written, is a tremendous rebuke. Third, what does 'not knowing' the scriptures indicate? Fourth, what does 'not knowing' the power of God indicate?
    1. Without the scriptures what could be known of the power of God? The natural world gives a glimpse of the power of God, but the explanation and context is found in the scriptures.
    2. Without knowing the scriptures how can a person know the creator of all things, God written of in the scriptures?
    3. Not knowing the scriptures indicates, an inability to learn, no desire to learn, or no effort has been made to learn.
    4. Not knowing the power of God indicates; no personal relationship with God.
        The power of God spoken of in these verses is speaking of the kingdom of heaven, among other things. What will life be like in the kingdom of heaven? Will a man live quietly somewhere with his wife at his side while the children run around at his feet?
        The very loud answer is no! There is no marriage - the point being is that life as it is known on the earth is not the life of the heavenly/spiritual realm. And we learn something about angels, which the Sadducees denied the existence of, we learn that they neither marry nor are given in marriage. We also learn there is life after death, which the Sadducees denied the existence of. We also learn there is the resurrection of the dead, which the Sadducees denied the existence of.

  5. More than one power.
  6.     Which means that there could be more than one definition.
        Matt. 24:27-31 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers (1411) of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power (1411) and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. c.f. Mark 13:23-27;
        This is exactly what makes this such an intriguing subject, as is God so is the power of God, it cannot be explained in a word, or a few words.
        Is there more than one power? In these verses we have the powers of heavens (plural) being shaken, and then we see the Son of man coming with power and great glory. Are these two examples referring to the same thing?
        It seems that the answer is no, there is more than one power under discussion, there is more than two powers under discussion, all of which are referred to as dunamis. This means that there is no blanket definition for this word, and no singular application.

    1. Power that differs in application based on the individual?
    2.     Matt. 25:13-15 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability (1411); and straightway took his journey.
          In this case the goods given is given to an individual based on his own ability/power; which brings up interesting questions. Do we as individuals have some of the power of God in us? A latent ability that might be left over from the creation, to which then God adds more of His power. If this is true, then all of God's people are not cookie cutter versions of each other, each servant of God is unique from the other, with their own unique power from God, to which God adds more power according to His will, but to each according to their ability/power. No two servants are the same, no two preachers are the same, no two teachers are the same, no two musically talented people are the same, and no two worshippers are the same; but all become one in the body of Christ, in the service of the Father, for the honor and glory of God.
            Sound crazy? Consider, ...
            Eph. 4:7-16 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
            Note what this passage does say.
            Verse 8: Christ Jesus gave gifts unto men when He ascended, ...
            Verse 11: He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; etc. ...
            Verse 12: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

            It is therefore possible that our discussion is consistent with biblical teaching, and ideals.

          Three different individuals, God determines how many talents they can bear, based on their own power/ability.
          Several = 2398 idios {id'-ee-os} Meaning: 1) pertaining to one's self, one's own, belonging to one's self Origin: of uncertain affinity;; adj Usage: AV - his own 48, their own 13, privately 8, apart 7, your own 6, his 5, own 5, not tr 1, misc 20; 113
          The individuals own ability/power, could mean that there are innumerable possibilities of dunamis, illustrated as the talents that are given.
          The power is quantified as a talent, which is interesting since a talent is a unit of measure (weight). These verses do not tell us what is being weighed. We do learn that what is being weighed can increase in value if it is put to use. What does God give, or have to give?
          So much more to be said of this example, what is being weighed, how much can it increase in value, and what does God see in us as individuals?

    3. Spirit and power of Elijah?
    4.     Lk. 1:11-17 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
          The spirit and power of Elijah. It would be a marvelous study to read about Elijah and the mighty works that he did; mighty works that are considered supernatural, or impossible, by earthly standards, standards that teach people not to believe in God.

  7. The right hand of the Power.
  8.     Matt. 26:59-66 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. c.f. Mark 14:62;
        '... sitting on the right hand of the Power ...' or so the Greek says and some of the newer translations, the only question then is, should the word 'power' be capitalized as a direct reference to God the Father? It seems that the author has excepted the premise that God Himself is the power, the ultimate power of all things. God gives this power to His servants to accomplish His will and to bring honor and glory to His name. Another way in which God is in His people.

  9. The power is associated with the spiritual/ heavenly things.
  10.     Luke 4:1-14 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
        The power is associated with the Spirit of God. This is an interesting association that needs to be considered by the people of God. The power under discussion is not of this world, or the creatures of this world, it is a spiritual in nature and comes from the heavenly realm.
        Verse 1: Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit, which leads Him into the wilderness.

        Verse 14: after the ordeal of fasting and temptation Jesus returns to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.
        It would seem that the ordeal in the wilderness made the son of man stronger! Although very little is actually stated in this passage to make a distinction between being led of the Spirit, and being in the power of the Spirit.

        Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
        The kingdom of God come in power. If 1411 is a reference to things that happen that are beyond earthly explanation or comprehension, then the coming of the kingdom of heaven, which is the coming of Jesus Christ to the earth, fits that description. Think of the heavens being rolled together as a scroll, the temple of God in the heavens being seen, the court set up in heaven in the eyes of mankind, it is a long list of things that shew the power of God.
        Of course, this is said days before the mount of transfiguration, which in no wise negates the previous statement.