Bible Ballistics: Vol. 7 No. 17 Is HE ALIVE In YOU???
One of my favorite hymns refers to the resurrection of Jesus and the victory and power that HE displayed on Resurrection Sunday. ‘Up From The Grave He Arose’, by Robert Lowry, is one of the most descriptive of verses regarding the victory that Jesus brought to us in His sacrifice for sin:
“1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Praise God for his amazing love toward us—He died, but He arose.
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15
But what did the resurrection mean for you and me? We haven’t the time or enough paper to plumb the depths of the riches of His sacrifice for us. His death paid our sin debt and His resurrection gave us victory over sin, death and hell. Even before His death Jesus told us that our victory was in the coming resurrection. Not just what He would do, but who HE IS, WAS and EVER SHALL BE!!! We can praise The Lord for this “unspeakable gift”!
“Jesus said unto her,
I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth
and believeth in me
shall never die.
Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him,
I believe that thou art the Christ,
the Son of God,
which should come into the world.” John 11:25-27
So the question isn’t “Is Jesus God”, “Is Jesus the Messiah”, or even “Did Jesus die for me?” The question is, “What will you do about it?” Will you choose to “believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world”? It’s your choice, but a choice that bears eternal consequences. But it’s so much more than just believing that Jesus’ work at Calvary bought our salvation, but learning and walking in all that HE has done, and all that it can and will work within us—YOU and ME!!!
“Know ye not,
that so many of us as were baptized
into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him
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.” Romans 6:3-10
He died that just as HE is living “unto God”, we can do the same, when (and only when) we have died to ourselves and been born again to live a new life in Jesus.
“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
by the faith
of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Being “crucified with Christ” means that I have died to my flesh, and am alive unto Jesus. His power reigns in me, to make me more and more into the image of Jesus—His power working in me! His resurrection brings new life and confidence!
“And we know
that all things work together
to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate
to be conformed
to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate,
them he also called:
and whom he called,
them he also justified:
and whom he justified,
them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us,
who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son,
but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him
also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:28-32
God working in us– all the time, everywhere, in every situation! As David Ring often says, “God never says ‘oops’”!!!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead,” 1 Peter 1:3
Jesus came that we might not only have eternal life, but abundant life—abundant living. Now I’m not talking about material prosperity, but the godly, powerful, spiritual life of Jesus Christ living in me by the power of the resurrection and the Holy Spirit. In Jesus we have the indwelling, abiding presence and power of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ (the third person of the trinity)! It’s what Jesus came to do—to empower us to live the “abundant life” by His death, burial and resurrection.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17
“These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:25-26
We aren’t promised a life of ease, but rather, an abundant life being the “salt” and “light” which God uses to change this world of darkness and corruption all around us. We must understand that God has called us to encounter the enemy in a battle for men’s lives and souls. We have too often abdicated that measure of responsibility, being often affected by the “prosperity” mentality, and the “name it and claim it” philosophy (which is totally unbiblical) around us, which focuses our attention on self, when Jesus Himself tells us there will be a price to pay when we follow Him!
“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me,
they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you
for my name’s sake,
because they know not him that sent me.” John 15: 20-21
“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.” John 16:1-4
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come,
he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness,
and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear,
that shall he speak:
and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me:
for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine:
therefore said I,
that he shall take of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:7-15
The Holy Spirit is given unto us to enable us be all that God has called us to be—not what we think others want us to do, or what we project for ourselves. God is more interested in who and what we are than in what we “do”!!! He never had to send out a request to get His work done, He uses those who are willing to yield themselves to Him—but it’s by the power of HIS Spirit that we can become all that He wants us to “be”! It’s by the power of the “resurrection” which overcame death, hell and the grave—the overcoming blood of our precious Lord Jesus. And when we “are” His, the doing will come by His resurrection power and His Spirit. (Check out Ephesians 2:8-10)
“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 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 1:11-14 (Be sure and check out this entire prayer that Paul prayed for the Colossians, verses 9-18)
We must remember that we are in a battle zone; we are the enemy of the “world” because we are following Jesus. And when we follow Jesus, we can expect to be in that battle more frequently and more intently that we usually imagine or experienced because we serve King Jesus, and He wins! The enemy of our souls isn’t happy about that and is after us continually because of whose we are. That is why Paul so clearly and concisely reminded us that our battle isn’t with the people in our lives—be it spouse, children, ex’s, bosses, employees, neighbors, the government or friends. Our enemy is unseen and we need to be prepared and “armed” with that armor of God to be ready for the battle. And we can only do that by the blood of the Lamb that was slain, and resurrected by the power of God FOR OUR SIN— yours and mine.
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:4-7
We can have that “full” joy when we walk with our Lord, even if it’s in the fires of persecution, or conflict. God has us—and by the blood of the Lamb and the “resurrection” power that Jesus displayed on the First Day of the week that we celebrate today.
“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” Matthew 28:1
“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark16:9
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” John 20:19
It is because of the risen Lord, that we can find power in His blood, His Spirit and His armor—we can do the job we are saved and called to do—but only in HIS power, resurrection power!!! Let’s walk through Ephesians 6:10-18, with a few comments along the way.
“Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might.”
It’s GOD’s power and might that we must depend upon, because it’s His power that helps us live a victorious life!!! And an abundant life in Jesus!
“11 Put on the whole armour of God,”
The armor is there, but we have to “PUT” it on. Stop walking in the flesh and get in the Spirit of God and “suit up”—put it all on so:
“that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
We MUST remember that our battles aren’t against the people that we encounter, but against the enemy of our souls, the enemy of the souls of men and women, boys and girls who we encounter day by day. And here again Paul reminds us (And we surely need reminding a lot!) that we MUST PUT ON THAT ARMOR!!! We must—don’t put it off another day. I invite you to join me and put on that armor every morning before you start your day—every day. Pray it on each day—it’s not hard, but it is worth every minute you take!!!
“13 Wherefore take unto you
the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand
in the evil day,
and having done all,
We are surely living in that “evil day” and only by the power of Jesus and the armor on can we withstand as the onslaught comes against each of us who are following Jesus and holding to the Word of God!!! We are under attack, and we must be prepared with the only thing that will bring spiritual success and that IS JESUS. We will only find victory in Jesus. (That might make a great son!!!)
“14 Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod
with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
18 Praying always
with all prayer
in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto
with all perseverance
and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:10-18
Suit up—HE IS ALIVE!!! Amen and Amen!!! Is HE alive in YOU? If you don’t know Him, He’s still waiting on you!
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
He is alive Today! Let’s be living for HIM—Today!