GREEK WORDS FOR POWER

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A look at a couple of the most powerful verses in Scripture

Ephesians 1:19-21 (King James Version)

 19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power (dunamis) to us-ward who believe, according to the working (energia) of his mighty (ischus) power (kratos),

 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

 21Far above all principality, and power (exousia), and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Dunamis - inherent power, ability

Energia - energy, an outward display of power

Ischus - endowed power, as a King has a certain amount of power given to him because of his office/position

Kratos - ruling power, dominion

Exousia - authority, the right to engage

There was a day in the Universe, when all of God’s ruling power, and inherent power, was put into the form of energy. It was when Father raised Jesus from the dead.

(The following dictionary of Greek words is from Pastor Ward’s book,

58 Koine Greek Words that can change your life available on line at www.thepropheticvoicenewsletter.com )

10. Ischus

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Power, glory

Ischus can be translated ability or force.

Ephesians 6:10

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

a) glory in the above verse signifies the visible expression of the inherent personal power of the Lord Jesus Christ. (W. E. Vines)

b) the full extent of the power of the believer to love God. (Revelation 5:12, Luke 10:27)

Mark 12:30

30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Ephesians 1:19

19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

2 Thessalonians 1:9 (The Message)

 5-10All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You're suffering now, but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he'll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time. His coming will be the break we've been waiting for. Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they've done. Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence. But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe—and all because you believed what we told you.

1 Peter 4:11

2 Peter 2:11

Revelation 5:12

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energia 

Energy, working

a) There is nothing like the energy of God flowing through the believer.

b) There is a super-human energy that can come upon the child of God! His anointing flowing through us is more than we have understood.

Philippians 3:21 21(The Message)

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

20-21But there's far more to life for us. We're citizens of high heaven! We're

waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our

earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He'll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.

Ephesians 3:7

7Whereof I was made a minister (huperetes), according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

Colossians 1:29

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29For this I labor [[

a]unto weariness], striving with all the [b]superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.

Ephesians 1:19

19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

a) energia is translated “working” in Colossians 2:12 and “workings” in 1 Corinthians 12:6.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

b)in the above verses, we see the Holy Spirit manages the nine gifts (verse 4), Jesus is over the Five Fold Ministry (verse 5), and, in verse 6 we see it is the Father that “worketh all in all.” meaning, the very energia of God holds all things together and He releases the power to bring forth the nine gifts (1 Cor.12) and the ministry gifts (Ephesians 4:11)

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11

9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

c)The Anti-Christ has a pseudo energia and is called the “man of sin” who “receives not the love of the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thes 2:11)

d) Literally, Satan energizes the man of sin.

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12. Dunamis

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Power, ability, inherent power, or power stored up within. We get our English words dynamite and dynamo from this greek word.

Luke 10:19

19Behold, I give unto you power (exousia #26) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

a) Jesus used two completely different words for power in this verse. The King James translation does not pick up the significance of this verse. The first word for power is exousia which translates to our English word authority.(see #26) The second word for power is dunamis.

b) Jesus was telling the disciples He gave them authority over the ability of the enemy and that nothing by any means could hurt them.

c) when it comes to dealing with Satan, why is authority (exousia) better than the power (dunamis) the devil has against us? I like to use the analogy of a policemen directing traffic in an intersection. When the policemen holds up his hand for a big tractor trailer to stop, the big truck better stop! The policemen could not physically stop the big rig from running over him, but, his authority is recognized way beyond the town in which he serves in. The whole government and civil authorities stands behind the badge the policemen carries. It’s the same way as a Christian when we stand against the strategies of the devil, we use the name of Jesus against Him! All Heaven stand behind that name and the devil knows it! We have exousia against the dunamis of the Devil!

Ephesians 1:19

19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

d) Dunamis is translated:

mighty works - Mark 6:5

might - Romans 8:38

power - Romans 1:16,

miracles - Acts 2:22, Acts 8:13, Acts 9:39

Acts 1:8 (King James Version)

 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

e) Jesus said dunamis is released after a believer is filled with the Holy Spirit! If you have not been filled with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I encourage you to stop right now and ask the Lord to fill you with His precious Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:4 (King James Version)

 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

f) Notice who actually did the speaking in the above verse. The people did! You open your mouth and do the speaking, and , the Holy Spirit will bring words to you from within your being. Speak them out! Your mind may tell you that what you are saying is just, “gibberish.” Press in and develop your prayer language into the languages of men and angels.

e) dunamis power comes to you in an experience subsequent to salvation.

Pray this prayer out loud:

Heavenly Father, I come to you now and desire that your Holy Spirit will fill me to overflowing, with the evidence of praying in the Spirit. I thank you and I believe that I now receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, right now, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

13. Kratos

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Ruling power, dominion

1. Kratos denotes the power to oversee, govern, or rule as a King rules over his kingdom.

2. Kratos also denotes supervision as a boss would oversee his employees.

3. Even further, in Genesis chapter one we see Adam and Eve made in the image and likeness of their Creator. (Genesis 1:27)

a. Adam and Eve were given dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, and over everything that “creepeth on the earth.” Thus, the First Family had the ability to “oversee” all of the earth from the Garden in which they lived. The Bible also tells us that Adam named many of the animals and watched over them. His

26. Exousia

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Authority , the ability to make power to be felt, liberty, delegated authority by the Head of the Church.

a) Through Christ, the unalienable right that affirms free movement to the ability needed at the time.

Matthew 28:18

18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mark 3:14-15

14And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

15And to have power to heal(sozo #9) sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

a) Jesus gave His disciples authority(exousia) over sickness and disease and to cast out devils by using His name.

b) the origin of sickness and disease is from the devil;

Acts 10:38

38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power(dunamis #12): who went about doing good, and healing (sozo #9))all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Ephesians 1:21

21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion (kratos), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Luke 10:19

19Behold, I give unto you power (exousia) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (dunamis #12) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

c) Jesus gave His disciples authority over the ability of the devil.

d) serpents are considered to be “low-level” devils

e) scorpions are considered to be “high-level” devils

f) exousia translates to our English word authority; speaking of the authority Jesus gave us as believers so that Satan’s strategies do not have to prosper against us.

2 Timothy 1:7

7For God hath not given us the spirit(pneuma #31) of fear(phobia #51); but of power, and of love(agape #35), and of a sound mind.

g) The Apostle Paul speaks to Timothy about a “spirit of authority“: that he should walk in instead of a spirit of fear/phobia.

h) The above verse speaks of love, which is from the greek word, “love,” that refers to the “God kind of love.” This is the love spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13. A love that never fails. (see agape #35)

Colossians 1:13 (Amplified Bible)

13[The Father] has delivered and [

a]drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son [b]of His love,

i) “control and dominion” translated from the word exousia

John 1:12 (Amplified Bible)

12But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name--(

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John 1:12

Acts 1:18

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