“Who is made, not after the Law of a carnal commandment, but after the Power of an Endless Life” (Hebrews 7:16).
Endless (Def): (Gr): Akatalutos from Kataluo: Not subject to disintegration, demolition, dissolution, halting, or being overthrown
The power of the Resurrection of Christ is a power unknown to man. It is a power (Gr. Dunamis) to transform, revive, change, and re-create from one substance to another, so to change the very nature of that element, or being to a new order.
Jesus displayed His transforming power on numerous occasions such as His first miracle when He turned water into wine (cf. John 2:9); transformed his body into a glorified body on the Mount of Transfiguration (cf. Luke 9:29); appeared to His disciples after His Resurrection (cf. John 20:19); and at His Ascension into Heaven (cf. Luke 24:51).
The Power of an Endless Life was the deep desire of the Apostle as he expressed it in his Epistle to the Philippians:
“That I may know Him and the Power of His Resurrection” (Philippians 3:10a).
To know (Gr. Ginosko) is to have intimate knowledge of and understanding so to be able to speak to or express that knowing from personal experience. This was Paul’s earnest desire and a goal to which he set himself on his course, and so ran his race to obtain it.
We are all currently experiencing the state of corruption of our bodies with all the weakness, aging, entropy, or gradual decline of all our systems which will eventually lead us to death. This is the (Gr. Kataluo), the overthrow, dissolution and halting of the earthly condition into which we were born. But there is a power to overcome our dilemma and to give us the solution to triumph over our earthly condition and to bring us into a new order, with a new nature; it is the Power of an Endless Life found in Christ.
The Power of an Endless Life was first expressed as the Priest/King, Melchisedec (cf. Genesis 14:18; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:6). This Melchisedec was:
“Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God, abides a Priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3).
The Power of an Endless Life is in the Priesthood of Christ, the Melchisedec Order, the new order of the Resurrection Life in Christ. As the writer to the Hebrews explains there has been a transformation, a change in the nature and order of the priesthood from the Law of a carnal commandment to the Power of an Endless Life. This we have in the New Birth, the New Covenant, the New Creation in Christ Jesus.
This is our celebration. This is our Easter. This is our victory.
The Power of an Endless Life is the power to quicken as the Apostle expressed it:
“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (give life to) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
We who are in Christ have the Power of an Endless Life dwelling in us and by that Power we can live beyond the limitations of our earthly bodies, and with the Divine energy of the Spirit we can excel in mind, body and spirit, as the Apostle said to the Colossians:
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the Glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory; whom we preach, warning every man in all wisdom that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus; whereunto I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily” (Colossians 1:27-29).
The Power of an Endless Life is available to us now to empower us as we labor and work in our calling and will be ours forever in the age to come. To God be the Glory.