All Power is Given to Me
A Sermon on Acts 7:9-15
“And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh. And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, (ESV)
God's power is on display in the lives of His children. That is true today, just as it was in the Old Testament as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the illustration of Joseph highlighted in Acts 7. This powerful passage shows God's work through Joseph as he was given authority by Pharaoh over all of Egypt, and was used by God to spare Egypt and the surrounding nations by preparing for the great famine that was in the land. In a parallel way, Jesus is given authority over all things by His Father. He is made King of every square inch of creation by nature of His death and resurrection. Jesus Christ alone has died, been buried, and rose from the dead in order that all who believe would be saved from the eternal penalty of their sin. Christ alone saves sinners and reconciles the world to God the Father. This is the good news that brings lasting hope that the world has ever known. The message to the early church is the message to the contemporary church, be faithful to proclaim this great and glorious message to all. For without the Gospel of Christ, no one can be saved.