By: Tim Sader
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Last week we learned that God wants a fire for him burning in our heart that consumes us until we appear as flames of fire. Our song was Set A Fire by Jesus Culture. Christ is King of our resurrection if we call Him Lord and believe that God raised Him first then we will be saved from death. Today our song is Resurrecting by Elevation Worship. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/gI2_yS6K9GE or search for it on YouTube. The name of God for us is victory and all praise will rise to Christ the King. In the Spirit we will rise from the ashes of defeat. The resurrected King is resurrecting us. In His name we’re made alive to declare His victory. Our resurrected King will resurrect us too. Jesus let His disciples know that when they went back into Jerusalem He would be handed over to the chief priests and teachers of the law. He would be condemned to death and handed over to the Gentiles to be flogged and crucified. On the third day however He will be raised to life (Matthew 20:18-19)! Some of the prophets raised the dead and Christ himself raised at least three we know of. What makes Christ resurection special is the fact that He Himself came back from the dead through the power God gave Him. Jesus tells us that He is the resurrection and the life. If we believe in Him we will live even if we die; and if we live believing in Him we will never die. Do we believe this (John 11:25-26)? Saying that Jesus is Lord of our lives and believing that God raised Him from the dead determines our salvation. If we believe He will raise us one day than we must believe that God raised Himself first.
We want to know Christ; yes, to know the power of His resurection and participate in His sufferings, becoming like Him in death, so somehow we may attain resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11). To know the power of resurection may mean suffering some in this life, crucifying our sinful self so that somehow we will be resurrected also. We were buried with Him through baptism into death so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of God, we to may live a new life. If we were united with Him in death like Him certainly we will be united with Him in a resurection like His (Romans 6:4-5). Christ is Resurrecting us because He took part of us and put it to death so that we could be united with Him in eternal life. We are not in the realm of the flesh but in the realm of the Spirit if the Spirit of God lives in us. If we do not have His Spirit in us we do not belong to Christ. But if we do then even though our bodies are subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in us, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to our mortal bodies because the same Spirit lives in us (Romans 8:9-11). We are being resurrected from the inside out because we have invited Christ into our lives and because His righteousness brings life to our flesh. Since we have been raised with Christ let us then set our hearts on things above where He is seated at the right hand of God. We must set our minds on things above not on worldly things. The flesh has died and our life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, appears we will appear with Him in glory. Therefore we put to death whatever belongs to our human nature; all of our sins, immortality, lusts and evil desires (Colossians 3:1-5). If Christ is Resurrecting us, the person we were before we believed in Him is dead so let us not keep living like dead men if His resurrection has brought us a new life.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16