Resurrection: Soul and BodyBro. Ron Rupé
4/4/1999 6:00 PM
Luke 23:50-56; 24:1-6
"He IS risen." The angels did not say "He rose", but "he is risen." There is a difference - others were raised, only to die again - but he is STILL risen. It's not past tense, he IS risen yet today. "I serve a RISEN Savior..." He's still risen today. The fact that Christ "is risen" gives hope to us, both to the physical and spiritual man. He is the "first-fruits from the dead..."
1 Corinthians 15:19-23
"But now is Christ risen" It's not past tense, but present - he lives yet today... His resurrection is OUR hope of resurrection. He is the first-fruits; we are the second-fruits...
Jesus talked about 2 kinds of life.. spiritual life (v. 25) and life after resurrection [reviving of the body] (v. 26). Christ is our hope of resurrection because he IS the resurrection. If you are in Christ you shall be made alive again, but there is another resurrection - a spiritual resurrection (also founded in the fact that Christ arose).
Jesus came to do the resurrection works of the Father. The Son does what the Father does. Just like the Father raises the dead and quickens them [him], the Son will do the same. The Father gives life to the Son who gives life to us. 2 kinds of life (resurrection) given: Resurrection of our spirit (v. 24 & 25) - this is a resurrection of the soul - it is for today. Resurrection of our bodies (v. 28 & 29). The resurrection of our soul "now is" and the resurrection of our bodies "is coming". The spiritual resurrection is for today. It is Salvation.
This is speaking of a resurrection - a soul once dead in sin, quickened by God, and raised up - this is the first resurrection. Describes spiritual death (dead in trespasses and sins; .. walked according to this world .. children of disobedience .. fulfilling the lusts of the flesh).
This is what it means to be resurrected by Christ. We walk in newness of life; in the likeness of his resurrection; dead to sin and alive to God; yield yourself to God, as those that are alive from the dead.
Paul gave up all that he might know the power of his resurrection. Christ isn't the only one who can experience resurrecting power - you can know the power of his resurrection today. Are you a partaker of that resurrecting power? If not, you can be...