I AM the Resurrection and the Life 1 Cor 15: 16 – 34

The Beauty of the Resurrection

It takes just as much faith to believe God when he says that you were made a sinner in

why do you seek the living among the dead?

Why do you seek the living among the dead?

Adam, as it does that you are made righteous in Christ. You were not there when Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil which made you a sinner, and you were not there when Christ died to pay for your sin. Both were done on your behalf. Even though Christ has removed the authority of Adam over the Believer’s life, each one must walk in the reality of Christ’s victory over that old authority if they want to experience the resurrection life. This is called positional truth which is to be owned by faith. Which authority you let control you is your choice and will be evident to all. Christianity is the “new man” or “Christ life” walking in faith that God will empower him to live the victorious resurrection life focused on eternity, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Religion on the other hand is man feebly trying to overcome that “Adamic” authority by his own insufficient power. It really shows when life is at its hardest; this faith is where Christianity wins, and religions succumb. But even when Christians fail in the midst of trial, God’s mercy prevails for them, because it is not about our faithfulness to begin with; it is Christ’s faithfulness to the Father, doing for us what we are incapable of doing ourselves. That is the beauty of the resurrection –God is satisfied with Christ’s payment for us in spite of our continual failures.

The Resurrection of the Dead

1 Cor 15: (some verses left out for brevity) 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the first-fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I die every day—I mean that, brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

As we ponder God’s character from the above passage, I wonder if God would answer our signature question below in the following way…

Who Are You Lord?

I AM the God of life. “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” I told Adam that if he ate the fruit that he would die, and as a result every human dies. But I came so that you can live even if you do die physically. This life lasts just a moment, but the life that I give is eternal. By my death on the cross, I have defeated death itself. You no longer have to fear death. One day I will cast death itself into the lake of fire. In the mean time, you should live this life in that confidence. Live this life knowing full well that you have already won in Christ. Nothing can take you out of my hand. I have got you. Now let me live through you in your daily circumstances for others.

I AM the Victorious God. When you look through physical eyes, you see death, decay and corruption everywhere. Things are dark and bleak now. You are afraid of the future. You are trying to live a holy life which seems futile when all those around you couldn’t bother. People pity the waste of your time as you try to live to put others first.   Take courage; Christ has indeed been raised from the dead. Pity rather the Christians who are wasting their lives living for a world system that will perish. They throw away eternal rewards and glory for this fleeting livelihood. Christ purchased your freedom; He stands between my holy anger at your sin on the one side and your enemy the devil who wants to destroy you on the other. But Christ is victorious on both sides so that you can live forever.

The resurrection is everything to Christianity

Without the resurrection, Christianity is nothing but just another man-made religion. The resurrection is the best documented historical fact in Christianity, and the most important one.  Only Christ has raised from the dead. While he was with his disciples, he said he had authority to raise himself up from the dead. The resurrection as I mentioned in my last post proved that God the Father, the judge of the universe, has accepted his payment for the sins of the whole world, which is why the Father sent him here in the first place. In his life, Christ fulfilled the law and the prophets for us and then laid his life down as the perfect, sinless, sacrificial Lamb of God to pay for your and my sins 2000 years ago. Should you choose to rely on your own good deeds to earn acceptance to God the Father, you will stay in your grave and spend eternity in hell, as are all the other religion’s gurus and prophets in history are. But if you rely on Christ’s work on the cross to remove your sin, God the Father will gladly accept you because of what Christ did for you. Jesus said that he completed “all the work that the Father had given him to do”, and then on the cross he said “It is finished”, meaning that the work of procuring righteousness and salvation for mankind is done for anyone who would receive it as a free gift. Thus He rose from the dead victoriously, and the world has been trying to refute that fact ever since. The beauty of the resurrection and the clear message of the Gospel is that God is satisfied in what Christ has done on your behalf. This truly is good news.

As Jim Elliot said; “He is no fool to give what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose.” Only Christ’s resurrection can give you that kind of confidence. When you finally figure this out, receive his free gift of forgiveness / salvation, you will notice a change in your affections toward God and a desire to make the Gospel of his glory known to the lost of this world.

More to come,

Steve

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Missionary with New Tribes Mission since 1989
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