Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 9
May 23, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<071> Thesis: The "power" of God is most often "seen" by those who have two characteristics: they understand the "stage" upon which the "power" works; and they believe the declarations of God in view of the invisible reality of that "stage". Introduction: In our look at Mary's declaration of just how significantly her "soul" and "spirit" were affected by what God did in her "body", we have seen that she is expressing the "normal" Christian life. Her "soul" is fixed in terms of its evaluation of the things that are happening to her, and her "spirit" flexes according to what those happenings signify in respect to her "humble condition". These twin issues are tied into what God has done and is doing in her physical world. All of this, according to verses 49-50, are rooted in the"holiness" of God and the "mercy" of God. The "holiness" of God governs how God responds to rebellious mankind and the "mercy" of God governs how He responds to those who fear Him. There is an important observation that needs to be made: this activity of God, to which both our souls and spirits need to respond properly, is an expression of His "power".  This morning we are going to consider Mary's statements about the "power" of God.