What the Resurrection Means for UsBro. David Chancellor
4/24/2011 9:00 AM
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Paul had found everything that mattered in life in Christ. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection…” Christ’s death brought forgiveness for the soul. Paul rejoiced in Christ’s resurrection because he found new life in God. He was able to live differently than when he tried to live out the righteousness of the law. He found what he needed to change. Our lives can be different. We can change because Jesus rose again.
“If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” We’ll die someday unless Christ returns before then. Because Christ rose, we know we’ll rise again. We have hope of being forever with the Lord.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 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. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The resurrection brings us new life. People bound by sin need a new life. We can’t change ourselves, but God can change us and give us new life. We can walk as God would have us to because Christ went to the cross to bring us new life.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
The Spirit that raised Jesus is the Spirit that gives us life. This Spirit can dwell in us and bring forth new life in us.
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Newness of life is ours because Jesus died and rose again. The Spirit of God comes in and gives life to us. We live for Christ. We need his help. He has to work a change in us.
1 Peter 1:3-5
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, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Our lively hope comes from Jesus’ resurrection. This is where our new life is found. We have a new hope of an eternal inheritance – to be forever with the Lord. Because of the resurrection, we have hope of heaven.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
We’re glad God’s grace is bestowed on everyone. It came for everyone. We can live for God here because God makes a change in us. “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” That’s what we were, but we changed. Jesus’ death and resurrection made possible the change in us.
We’re looking for Jesus to come. Humans don’t like death, but we look forward to Christ’s return. We can look forward to being forever with God.