op-er-a'-shun (ma`ashe, "work"; energeia, energema, "energy"):

Twice used in the Old Testament of God's creative work (Psalms 28:4,5; Isaiah 5:12). The Holy Spirit's inworking and power are manifest in the bestowal of spiritual gifts on individuals and on the church (1 Corinthians 12:6 the King James Version), and in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, through which energy or operation of God those dead in sins are, through faith, raised to newness of life (Colossians 2:12 the King James Version).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'OPERATION'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.