TRUTH: I have been Resurrected

No matter the time, no matter the place, all cultures reveal man’s preoccupation with overcoming death. Throughout all civilizations, we see man attempting to overcome our mortality. We want to live after the inevitable, death. For me and according to the bible, The Word of God, we can overcome death through faith in Christ Jesus. It is in Christ that we all can tell the TRUTH: I have been Resurrected.

For those of you who have been following along, this is sort of a back track. I have written about the following verses, but this morning I asked the Lord to speak to me, to give me a Word which He normally does, but I feel this is special. It is a deeper look into what we have in and through our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:4-6 

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

In the verses proceed verse four Paul talks about the way the Ephesians and other believers lived before surrendering their lives to Jesus. God made us alive. If you were made alive, then you had to be dead. In that alone, we can say the TRUTH: I have been Resurrected. However, Paul goes further in that explanation when he says “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Wow! I do not get how deep this is, but I see is more than I did the past few weeks or ever before. I asked God to speak to me. He did. All sorts of study have been done on these verses. It is universal that the raising up here refers a spiritual resurrection. The text says raised up with Christ – the Greek word for raised there is synegeirō which means

  1. to raise together, to cause to raise together

  2. to raise up together from mortal death to a new and blessed life dedicated to God

Next, we the text tell us “and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” The Greek word for seated us with is sygkathizō which means

  1. to cause to sit down together, place together

  2. to sit down together

where does this take place, in the heavenly realms, epouranios which means

  1. existing in heaven

    1. things that take place in heaven

    2. the heavenly regions

      1. heaven itself, the abode of God and angels

      2. the lower heavens, of the stars

      3. the heavens, of the clouds

    3. the heavenly temple or sanctuary

  2. of heavenly origin or nature

Essentially, Paul is saying that positionally, we are not here on earth, but we are in heaven with or through Christ. Vines Expository Dictionary echoes that meaning as it says, “”heavenly,” what pertains to, or is in, heaven (epi, in the sense of “pertaining to,” not here, “above”),”

John Brown wrote “Christ rose again, but our sins did not; they are buried forever in his grave. It bears re-emphasizing that each of the verbs made alive with, raised with, seated with has the identical prepositional prefix “sun/syn” which means with in Greek but is significantly different than the other Greek word for with (meta) which conveys the of beside, whereas sun speaks of an intimate, indissoluble union. Let’s illustrate using a well known event, the crucifixion. Two criminals were punished with Jesus and both were crucified with (metá) Him, i.e., in His company, but only one was spiritually crucified with (sún) Christ, i.e., bound up or in union with Him while the other thief was not. The first thief entered paradise, while the second entered hell. And so we get a glimpse of the significance of Paul’s three combination verbs used to explain our salvation. Clearly, he is driving home not only these basic truths of our salvation but also emphasizing with the use of sun- that this salvation is irrevocable. The believer who has been made alive with Christ, raised withChrist and seated with Christ is eternally secure in Christ! Christ is our covenant partner and the “covenant Head” of the redeemed family. What Christ does, He does for us. What we do is done because we are in Christ. We are eternally identified with Him. On the basis of our past resurrection with Christ, we have the sure “hope of our calling”, of a future physical resurrection and transformation of our bodies into conformity with His glorious body.”

The focus here is not merely on a resurrection but on where – with Christ Jesus. If you have trusted in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you are forever connected with Him. More than that, we are one with Him, but why? Romans 6 can help us with that question and the notion of the TRUTH: I have been Resurrected.  Romans 6

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

TRUTH: I have been Resurrected is for the purpose of living our lives to God. God did not resurrect us spiritually to live a life of sin. He resurrected us to live a life unto Him where He is Lord, Master, Boss and we gladly and lovingly obey Him. The result is that God gains glory to Himself through our lives, so that as text in Ephesians tells us “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Our resurrection is for God not us. We do not need to revel in it but in God. 

To close, I quote Paul again this time as he writes to the Galatians. Galatians 2

19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

TRUTH: I have been Resurrected. Have you?

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