“...that I may gain Christ and be found in him...”—Philippians 3:8-9, NIV1984

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

He's Not Dead, Jim!

10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,...—Philippians 3:10, ESV
Knowing the power of Jesus’ resurrection means knowing the redemptive power of Jesus over sin and death. His resurrection demonstrates that not even death could be victorious over Him. Since, through faith, we are united with Him in his death, we are also united with Him in His resurrection (see Romans 6:5). This regeneration begins, not at our physical death, but at the moment of our salvation (see John 5:24).

Before our salvation, sin worked in us, defiling us with the things of the world. Considering these things as rubbish (see verses 7-8) removes the temptation and hindrance they bring to knowing Christ and experiencing His redemptive power here and now. It is amazing that we can partake in the resurrection, spiritually now, and then later, in a physical sense on the last day (see 2 Corinthians 4:16). Because of Jesus' resurrection we have the hope of changing and escaping the corruption caused by sin. We have the hope of living news lives now and eternally. We're no longer bound to the sins that have controlled us. Praise be to God who gives us new life through Jesus Christ!