Bible Ballistics: Are You Resurrected??? Vol. 5 #22
As we are in the mind of celebration that Christ Jesus was raised from the dead on the First Day of the Week, I’d like to call us to consider our own ‘resurrection’. How you might ask? Well, only in being “resurrected” with Christ can we have eternal life with Him—after sharing His crucifixion.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:4-12
Well said. When we die to self in repentance and faith, we receive new life in Christ Jesus—that eternal life that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about in John 3. Have you found this life of Jesus!!! (See John 3:1-21)
Only one way to God—
to eternal life—
to eternity with God!!!
The power of God can be within us, if Jesus lives within us. It is the New Covenant promised by God, and accomplished by Jesus at Calvary, through His burial and HIS glorious “Resurrection”!!! Victorious over sin, death and hell! And because of HIS sacrifice and victory we can declare with Paul:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21
When I live the “crucified” life with Jesus, by His Spirit within me, I can ‘walk in the Spirit’ and ‘not fulfill the lusts of the flesh’. The Promise of God—
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34
Jesus bought our forgiveness and salvation and only by trusting in Him and receiving the ‘Promise’ can we walk in that “newness of life”, all by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14
Forgiveness and salvation is in Jesus alone. And the “Promise” is our assurance and power—His Spirit within us. Have you received the ‘resurrection’ power of the Lord and Savior? Have you been empowered by Jesus to “walk in newness of life”? It’s found only in HIM!!!
1 Corinthians 11:23-26, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” Jesus body and blood were broken and poured out for YOU!! Won’t you look to Him and receive eternal life and the promise of His Spirit.
Acts 1:4-5 & 8, “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.……. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
So one simple question, have you bowed before the Savior and found life at His Cross? If not, HE is still calling and awaits your response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:1-6, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen
then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once;
of whom the greater part remain unto this present,but some are fallen asleep.”
Just be sure you have real faith, not ‘vain’ faith!!! The question is of eternal import. Jesus still saves. You can have ‘resurrection’ life today.