Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Resurrected from the dead

1  Corinthians 15: 12-

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain

At the very core of Christianity is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Paul
presents this with clarity by claiming that without this historically accurate depiction of
Lord Jesus Christ's victory over death, Satan and sin, there is basically no basis for those
who are called Christians. 

The theories that have evolved from the first century which claim that other things happened and Christ was not resurrected, or even crucified, are smashed by both Gentile and Jewish historians and the very fact that eleven disciples met horrific deaths proclaiming this resurrection to have been true, disciples that had fled from the Crucifixion in confusion,
sadness and fear. They were first-hand witnesses of their Lord come back and of His later
ascension into Heaven.

This little blog is really not about that wonderful world-changing resurrection but about
your resurrection from death. If you have claimed Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and
Savior, repented of sin and asked forgiveness, become ind-welled by the Holy Spirit and
have noticed that you have a changed heart, a changed life and attitude toward others,
if you seek to know God and to love God then you have gone through a metamorphosis
to become a true Christian.

Not an almost Christian, mind you, as many folks are who claim Christianity but whose
hearts remain hardened and lives unchanged. These almost Christians. as Alistair Begg
is want to say, will almost get to heaven.

True Christians, then, have already been resurrected from death: spiritual death. You were
a person separated from God, a person whose heart was controlled by selfishness and sin,
a person who was out for number one, a person who had no plans to surrender to any God,
a person lost and bent upon eternal destruction. But like the symbolic rising from the
pool of Baptismal waters, you have arisen into relationship with the Living God, no 
longer a slave to sin, no longer on your own in a world that is painfully amiss. You are
loved by the very Creator of the universe, who despite His immensity, has a heart of
love for His creatures that He has promised to His Son, each and every one of them.

Through the grace of God, you have overcome. You are a new creation. You have been
resurrected from the dead!

Praise our God!