Why Is A Christian Like Popeye The Sailor Man?

 Eph 6: 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

In the Greek:  “Be empowered in the Lord and in the domination or dominion exerted by His inner residing strength.”

  • This dominion or domination is what gives the Lord Jesus the ability to subdue all things back to Himself.
  •  The revelation of Christ within us, reveals the Christ who dominates and subdues all, thus setting us free.

This is what it means by “the power of his might.”

Do you remember the episodes of Popeye and Olive Oil?

This scripture is a perfect representation of what happened to Popeye.

Popeye was a fairly weak guy.

When he ate the can of spinach he became inwardly strong; his external arm muscles popped out, he then rang Bluto’s neck, and took the lovely Olive Oil back as his prized possession.

Or to paraphrase it in another way, the tremendous inner residing strength that is multiplied within Popeye at the eating of the can of spinach is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto.

So what is Paul commanding us to us? For us to be empowered with this powerful combo of God’s inward strength that turns into outward dominion.

  • The spinach is the revelation of Jesus in us.
  • We are strong if we eat of the spinach, Jesus Christ, but nothing if we don’t.
  • Every Christian is a Popeye. So eat Jesus, your spinach.

Joh 6:54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.

Joh 6:56  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

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God Sayeth, ” I’m Popeye The Sailor Man “

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his (Same) power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (external dominion power manifested from His internal resident strength)

In the old cartoons of Popeye the Sailor Man, Popeye would eat a can of spinach, which gave to him inner, inherent or resident strength. This strength was manifested as bulging muscles exercised in outward dominion,  or domination, which could subdue and wipe out Bluto, his archenemy.

God’s power performs in us in the same fashion.

The spinach is the revelation of the Son of God in us, as we spend time with Him. This revelation comes as we die to self so that Christ may be revealed.  This is the purpose of the cross that the church must get back to.

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his (Same) power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (external dominion power manifested from His internal resident strength)

God’s dunamis power is defined as the product of the dominion that God exerts over His creation, and over all that is not of Him, as a measure of His inner, resident, or inherent strength.

What is the overcasting and transcending ability of the same funneled into us who continually believe according to the energy put out as external dominion power from his internal resident strength?

The word “His” is translated as Same. Everything that Christ has is the same in the Christian. This same power is in the Christian, right here and now

So why am I not experiencing it fully. I don’t know the answer. I am walking into it. I can tell you that it requires every stone of darkness, sin, and disobedience to be unturned. No cheap grace message to walk in what Paul described. But it’s all there in the one who has Jesus.

Part of it, is a matter of me controlling things instead of letting God do so. This occurs because I have feared instead of trusting God. Today, I realize that God can be fully trusted and I have to let go of all things.

Romans 1:4  And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Jesus was marked out or designated independently from every other human as The Son of God in the realm of ability, this ability being that He was successfully raised up from a corpse.

This morning I am doing soul searching in prayer. If this one designated as such live in me why I have not experienced a full tangible resurrection from the body of death which Paul talks about in Romans seven?

Ephesians 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power (OUTWARD DOMINION) of his might.( INNER STRENGTH)

Be empowered in the Lord and in the manifestation of outward dominion as a measure of His inner residing strength in you.

Col 1:11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

“In every ability and capacity which God has, being likewise made able and capable just like He is in accordance with the dominion power manifested by His glory through us, which makes all things able and capable.

This morning, I am seriously asking God, why I am not fully walking like this?  Would this be your question too? God will show us, if we are willing to go all the way with Him.

The best way to be culturally relevant is by demonstrating His loving power.

2 Cor 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We have this treasure (thesaurus) in earthenware vessels so that the transcendent and overcasting capacity and ability may be of God and not out from us.

The same capacity and ability which God has is in me.  How much will I seek, repent, obey and believe Him so that it may be demonstrated?


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