A RESURRECTED LIFE

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By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

A resurrected life is a venture beyond human imagination with rewards that are out of this world.  There is a beauty in such a life that is experienced at the moment of conversion.

A resurrected life could be expressed as an awaking, when the body is fresh and vigorous, as that of a person coming out of a comfortable sleep (Psalm 17:15).  One person described the resurrected life as one's body being dirty and grimy; then taking a shower washing away all the filth, coming out with a clean and refreshed feeling.

My own experience was being so heavenly minded, on the day of my salvation, that I did not want to come down to the reality of an earthly life.  A resurrected life is when one puts away the things of this world; puts on Christ, and becomes a new creation, old things being passed away, all things becoming new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  (Comment)


A Resurrected Life - Break with The Old Life

A Bible commentary noted:  There is a decisive break with the old life at the moment of salvation.  All things become as new as a result of being united in Christ. 

The apostle Peter explained it as being blessed of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has given us a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ; to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, that fads not away, reserved in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3-4).

Peter's view of salvation is an ultimate salvation, a resurrected life in Christ, when the believer is rescued from this world into the presence of God.

Denying Ungodliness

When one enters a resurrected life in Christ; those around you who knew prior to salvation will think it strange that you do not run with them  to the same excess as before, will speak evil of you (1 Peter 4:4), not understanding what a new life in Christ entails.

A truly converted, and dedicated Christian, will begin living a different life.  There is a denying of ungodliness and worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.  Redeemed from all iniquity, being purified unto Christ, a peculiar people, zealous towards a life in Him (Titus 2:12-14).

A resurrected life in Christ does not entail the foolishness once endured, disobedience, being deceived into serving various lusts and pleasures, a life in malice and envy, and hatred.  We see this in the makeup of the world we live in but after the love of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, comes into one's heart their is a noticeable change (Titus 3:3-6).

Fruit of the Spirit in Place of the Works of the Flesh

The works of the flesh will rapidly disappear when one begins to walk in a resurrected life in Christ:  Adultery, fornication (sex outside of biblical marriage), uncleanness (or sexual impurity), lasciviousness (or sexual excess), idolatry (putting one's chief affections on any object or  person instead of God), witchcraft (tampering with the occult), jealously, wrath, strife (or selfish ambitions), dissensions, divisions, envying, murder, drunkenness, and such like (Galatians 5:19-22).

In a resurrected life in Christ one puts on the fruit of the Spirit which is:  Love (the willing, sacrificial giving of oneself without thought of return), joy (gladness of heart), peace (freed from worry and fear), longsuffering (patience with others), kindness, generosity, faith, meekness (consideration of one's relations with others),  and temperance (self-control) (Galatians 5:23).

It is only through the love of Christ abiding in one's heart, and of God's Spirit within us, that one is able to accomplish putting aside the old man and putting on Christ.

One's Adversary - the Devil

A resurrected life will being one's adversary, the Devil, into the forefront of one's life because of their commitment to Christ.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

He is on the right hand of the saved of the earth to bring a blow of defeat; if possible.  He knows the right bait to use and one's weakest point, to try and discourage and even dislodge one from their walk in Christ; if he could.

God's Word gives an assurance:  Who resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are experienced by your brethren that are in the world, the God of all grace, who has called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you (1 Peter 5:9-10).

Satan Desires to Have You

The Lord said to Peter, one of His disciples:  Behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not; and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren (Luke 22:32).  Being converted meant Peter's having come back to his former stand in Christ.  Jesus told Peter that before the rooster would crow He would deny Him three times.  He foretold of Peter's denial but also of his repentance.

A resurrected life in Christ may entail failure (as in the case of Peter) but the door of forgiveness is always available (the path Peter took).  God has cleared a pathway of forgiveness when repentance comes forth, even after one's initial conversion.

The blood of Jesus Christ (shed on that eventful day on the Cross of Calvary for all of mankind) cleanses from all sin.  If we confess our sins (a necessity before forgiveness can be extended), he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9). 

Resurrection of Christ

To have a resurrected life in Christ requires one to believe in the resurrection of Christ.  If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9). 

The apostle Paul stated:  If Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there be no resurrection of the dead?  If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen.  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain (1 Corinthians 15:12-14).

A Bible commentary noted:  Paul established first of all that resurrection is an essential part of the gospel.  If one were to deny the resurrection; Christ would still be in the grave, preaching would be in vain, and our hope in Christ would not take us beyond this present life.

Image of the Heavenly

Scripture identifies the fact that as Christ was raised from the dead, by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection (Romans 6:4-5).

As we have shared in the image of the man of dust (the creation of man), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (a resurrected life in Christ).  Then shall be brought to pass that which is written, death is swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54).

Rapture (or Catching Away) of the Church

The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall be always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).

Just prior to Jesus' resurrection, after His resurrection from the grave, while speaking to His disciples, they seen Him being taken up; and a cloud receiving them out of their sight.  While they looked steadfastly toward heaven, two men stood by them in white apparel; which said:

You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner, as you have seen him go into heaven (Acts 1:9-11).

A Bible commentary noted:  After His resurrection, Christ ascended to heaven to resume His glory and enthronement.  He also began His high priority ministry, in heaven, for believers which continues to this day.  When the Christian understands the ascension of Christ, he looks forward to His imminent return.

A Resurrection Life in Christ

I  (the Lord Jesus Christ) am  the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he may die, yet shall he live: and whosoever dies and believes in me shall never die (John 11:25-26).  This was one of Jesus' greatest "I am" statements, signifying His power to give eternal life.

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 give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit that dwells in you (Romans 8:11).  A resurrected life begins with acceptance of Jesus as one's Lord and Savior, the forgiveness of sin, and a new life in Christ. 

If one goes by the way of the grave, before the coming of the Lord, assurance is given towards a resurrected life beyond the grave!  All comes into focus with one's believing in Christ.  I pray you will receive Jesus, as Lord and Savior, if you have not already done so, to share in the glorious promise of a future in Him!

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