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In the first chapter of the second book of his treatise On the Holy Spirit, St. Ambrose continues his discussion of Samson’s strength. Since the source of this power is the Holy Spirit, St. Ambrose begins to compare how the word power is used in context of the Trinity:

Of the Son you have read that Christ is ‘the Power of God and the Wisdom of God’ (1 Cor. 1:24). We read, too, that the Father is Power, as it is written: ‘Ye shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power of God’ (Matt. 26:64). He certainly named the Father Power, at Whose right hand the Son sits, as you read: ‘The Lord said unto My Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand’ (Ps. 110 [109]:1). And the Lord Himself named the Holy Spirit Power, when He said: ‘Ye shall receive Power when the Holy Spirit cometh upon you’ (Acts 1:8).

This adds another layer of meaning to the point I made yesterday. The same power that descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost is the same power that is Christ, the Wisdom of God; it is the same power that Christ sits next to at the right hand of the Father. In other words, when Orthodox Christians are sealed with the Holy Spirit, the power they have access to through the Spirit is the same power of the Father and of the Son.

This puts an interesting spin on those of us who wish to excuse our own weaknesses with those four little words, “I can’t do it.” Yes, that may be true, but if we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to wash over us and allow Him to work in and through us, so, too, do we allow Christ and the Father to work in and through us. We should remember this the next time we are faced with temptation or with something that seems just too hard.