Friday, April 18, 2014

Resurrection Power










That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death. (Philippians 3:10)







Apostle Paul spoke of spiritual power being experienced in two ways through Jesus:

That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death. (Philippians 3:10)

Apostle Paul understood the spiritual reality of the resurrection [revival, restoration, resurgence] power of Jesus Christ which indwells believers; and the power of the fellowship of His suffering. There is not an awareness of God more hated by Satan than the resurrection of Jesus because it shows Satan’s inability to defeat God more than any other event recorded in the Bible.

After His death for the sins of all mankind, Jesus was raised from the dead by God:

But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;  And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
 (Acts 3:14-15)

Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.            (Colossians 2:12)

Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. (I Peter 1:21)

The account of Jesus’ resurrection can be found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20.  The resurrection of Jesus is a powerful truth because it is fundamental to our faith:

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith is also vain. (I Corinthians 15:13-14)

Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is necessary to salvation:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)

The resurrection of Jesus confirms that believers are justified:

Who (Jesus) was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:25)

The resurrection means death is defeated:

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the Devil. (Hebrews 2:14)

The resurrection of Jesus confirmed He is supreme over all created beings:

And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church.   
(Ephesians 1:19-22)

The resurrection confirms Jesus was the Son of God:

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

The Bible speaks of a time in the future when this world as we know it will come to an end.  At that time there will be a resurrection of all the dead. Those who have died as believers will be resurrected to eternal life. Those who have died as unbelievers will be resurrected, judged, and condemned to eternal punishment.  These assertions about the future resurrection can be found in: 
  • I Corinthians 6:14; 15:1-58; 
  • I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 
  • John 5:28-29; 
  • II Corinthians 4:14; and 
  • Revelation 20:4-6.
It is true that those that have died will someday experience resurrection from the dead, but the power of the resurrection is not reserved only for the future. Its power can be experienced now by believers.

The resurrection is the basis for spiritual power now because it gives you:

Ö    A NEW HOPE:

It is through resurrection power that we have hope. Our life will not end with the grave. We have eternal life:

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. (I Peter 1:3)

Hope is a powerful force. Without hope, people grow discouraged and weary. The power of the resurrection keeps hope alive.

Ö      A NEW LIFE:

When we accept Jesus as Savior, we are resurrected from the spiritual death of sin to spiritual life:

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
 (Colossians 2:13)

Spiritual resurrection results in death to sin. Through resurrection power we can live a new life. We do not live like we used to live. We are dead to the evil things of the world and alive in Jesus.

We cannot live this new life by self-improvement. We cannot live it in our own power. We live it through the power of the resurrection:

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.   (Romans 6:11-14)

The struggles we face are between spiritual death and life working within us. Resurrection power defeats the law of sin and death and frees us from bondage. Jesus said:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  (John 10:10)

Not only eternal life in the future, but abundant life in the present is ours because of the power of the resurrection.

Ö     A NEW MASTER:

Spiritual resurrection makes Jesus the master of our life. Instead of living for yourself, we live to serve Him:

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. (II Corinthians 5:15)

Power comes from understanding our position because of the resurrection. We are a servant of the living God. No longer are we a slave of Satan.

Ö     A NEW LIFE PURPOSE:

A new life purpose results from spiritual resurrection. Instead of concern about temporal things of the world, such as material gain, ambition, etc., our attention is focused on eternal things:

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3)

The material things of the world no longer control a believer who has experienced resurrection power. The circumstances of the world no longer defeat us. Experiencing the power of the resurrection gives us a new perspective and purpose.

Ö     A NEW QUICKENING:

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. (Romans 8:11)

The word "quicken" means to make alive and to endue with life. God has already quickened us from sin:

And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins.   (Ephesians 2:1)

But He also wants to quicken our mortal body. God wants to endue our mortal body with resurrection power:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (II Corinthians 4:7)

If we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and been filled with the Holy Spirit in accordance with the word of God, then that same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us. That life flow can quicken you NOW with the power of the resurrection.

The source of this resurrection power in the life of the believer is Jesus. He said:

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)

Just as natural life is in the blood, spiritual life is through the blood of Jesus. Just as natural blood flows through our veins, resurrection life flows through our spirit. Are you walking in the power of His resurrection NOW?  In your daily Christian life? In your ministry? Tap into that life flow today!




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