Understanding the word…
‘Dunamis’ comes from the original Greek translation used for ‘power’ in the Bible; (dunamis from dunamai = to be able, to have power) power, especially achieving power. It refers to intrinsic power or inherent ability, the power or ability to carry out some function, the potential for functioning in some way (power, might, strength, ability, capability), the power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature.
Dunamis is the implied ability or capacity to perform. It conveys the idea of effective, productive energy, rather than that which is raw and unbridled.
…But of POWER: (Mic 3:8; Zech 4:6; Luke 10:19; 24:49; Acts 1:8; 6:8; 9:22; 10:38; 1 Cor 2:4)
Dunamis is the word generally used by Paul of divine energy. Scripture uses dunamis to describe deeds that exhibit the ability to function powerfully (deeds of power, miracles, wonders) (eg, see Mt 11:20, 23, 13:54, 58, etc)
Sometimes dunamis is used to represent an entity or being that functions with remarkable power, especially being used to describe angel as powers (see Romans 8:38, Ephesians 6:12)
Plug into the Power
There is an instructive use of dunamis later in 2Timothy where Paul describes men… holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power (dunamis); and avoid such men as these. (See 2 Timothy 3:5). The point is that the so-called godliness of these men is a sham and devoid of any real divine power to break the power of Sin. Those who practice such deception enjoy the enjoy expressions of evangelical worship but they are violently at odds with the gospel’s internal effects of subduing sin and nurturing holiness. They lack the inherent ability or capability, the dunamis, because they lack the indwelling Spirit Who strengthens with power for which Paul prays in Ephesians 3:16. The corollary is that those who possess the indwelling Spirit and divine dunamis have the inherent ability to wage victorious battle with the believer’s three mortal enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil, all seeking to turn us from God and unto self –> flesh –> and its ungodly, unholy attitudes and actions. One can readily see the importance of praying for believers to be strengthened with dunamis power through the Spirit in their inner man – see Ephesians 3:16.
William “Bill” MacDonald, who was a prolific author and teacher comments on Paul’s reminder to Timothy of his access to God’s “dunamis” writing that… “Unlimited strength is at our disposal. Through the enabling of the Holy Spirit, the believer can serve valiantly, endure patiently, suffer triumphantly, and, if need be, die gloriously.”
Join us at SHCC as we focus/learn this month on the ‘Dunamis Power’ that God has made available for us, His children, through the death and glorious ressurection of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.