The actual Christ can be identified by His significance as a Redeemer. His first advent was for the redemption of sin and death by blood. If redemption was not a factual need then the Christ of history was an irrelevant figure. If on the other hand our guilt is factual then His vicarious sacrifice is pivotal.
Power can be measured in a couple of ways; expression and restraint of expression. E may fear the burst of an angry man but we respect the restraint of a prudent man. All of us know how much more power it takes to tame our souls as opposed to abandon to its wild expression.
Christ Second Advent is the expression of power everyone expects from a superior power. There will be flaming swords, glaring eyes, and annulations of His enemies. This is the redemption by power on a good scale. We should not lose the significance of the intimate dealings of the Lord with His children by thinking His major plans for redemption vary from His minor. The redemption by blood is a historical fact for all believers. The personal trials the purchase redemption that gave Christ a property interest in us should be understood. Likewise factually it should be understood that a party of interest axiomatically is vested as an interested party. He concerns Himself with you. Because of this interest His redemption by power is a relevant promise. He is a delivering redeemer.
Recently I read Robinson Crusos who based his entire hope on a sole scripture that promised deliverance. It came many years later but his hope was not vanity. We have a much more sophisticated faith based upon comprehension of more scripture. Yet this should not abate a childlike trust for deliverance.
Alsup as a man is possessed with too much power to be held absolutely. He is nearly untouchable for his criminal acts. Yet he cannot comprehend the power of restraint or of real authority. Christ who will express His power ultimately does not ignore or neglect individual opportunities to express His redemptive power expressed by force of will. He will enter into my confrontation with a powerful man and show Himself strong. We have no fear of being ashamed for hoping in our deliverance for as Christ wraps up history He wraps up our troubles and woes.
Noble men hate more than anything to have their faith in Christ ridiculed because they know the integrity of their God. Yet we must all suffer fouls until they discover our redemption by power at their destruction.
WE have the redemption purchase as evidence our hope in redemption by power is not vanity. Put your hope in God. He will deliver you!