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Power That Can’t Be Explained

Acts 1:8 – “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Numerous times the New Testament authors described the power that will be present in believers because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence. Ephesians 1:13-14 describes the blessing of the Holy Spirit given as a guarantee of the inheritance that is ours in Christ Jesus. Paul describes the Spirit’s presence as a deposit that is essentially an evidence of the believer’s transformed identity.

Interestingly, according to Sam Storms, almost every time the word “dunamis” in the Greek is found in the New Testament, it is speaking of the power that the Holy Spirit brings. “Dunamis” literally means power. We get our English word “dynamite” from the Greek word “dunamis.” When was the last time you experienced the “dunamis” that comes from the Holy Spirit in your life? When was the last time you committed yourself to being a witness to non-believers around you, and you sensed the Holy Spirit rise up to bring power to your preaching?

I recently heard Sam Storms use a word that I’ve never heard anyone use in regards to some of the deeper, less understandable aspects of worshiping a God who is infinite, eternal, and transcendent. He used the word “transrational” to describe experiences of this power that the Holy Spirit may bring.

When something is transrational, it isn’t irrational, and it isn’t rational. It can’t be explained by human rationale, but it can’t be denied or refuted by human logic and reason either. It is above and beyond our comprehension. It is above and beyond our ability to understand. It is amazing that this is the first time I’ve heard people describe things of God as being transrational. Consider all the doctrines in Scripture that we believe that transcend human logic: the Trinity, the hypostatic union (Christ’s divinity and humanity), even the very fact of the Resurrection.

How often have you found yourself explaining things of God to someone who doesn’t believe, and all you can really say is that we believe this because the Bible teaches it, yet our words can’t perfectly summarize what we are trying to express?  I think many of us would claim that we have had this experience many times. At the same time, how many times have you experienced a work of God in your life that is transrational? How many times have you experienced the Holy Spirit’s dunamis in a way that isn’t irrational, yet can’t be explained by human logic and reason?

If Acts 1:8 is a promise fulfilled in believers today, we should look for and long for experiences of the transrational. Oh God, do these miraculous works through us and in us!

Pastor Greg