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SONY DSCIn Part One, we explored the importance of Jesus’ resurrection and our participation with Him in it. We discovered that, without His resurrection, our faith is futile (1Corinthians 15:16-17). Why? Because it is by His life, not His death, that we shall be saved (Romans 5:10).

Our participation in Jesus’ resurrection is an elementary principle; easy to understand and believe for those with ears to hear. However, it is not enough to acknowledge and believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. “Faith without works is dead” applies as much to the resurrection as any other faith we claim. We must live out of that resurrected life.

The Resurrected Life

Jesus’ death would have been worthless without His resurrection. The same is true for His disciples. We died with Him. If we are not also resurrected with Him, then we are just dead. By grace, through faith, this is not the case.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by [the] faith [of] the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

In the particular context of this passage, our participation in the crucifixion of Christ accomplished two very important things: It killed our old man; and positioned us to receive the life of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

SONY DSCThe elementary principles are for building a spiritual foundation for the spiritual man. Read that again. Now consider that Jesus Christ is making disciples and building His church. Being the wise maker and builder that He is, we can assume that He would not make or build anything on a poor foundation.

Lest we get discouraged, let’s look at this from a more positive perspective. These principles are elementary. They are not deeply mysterious. They are easily understood (for a child’s mind) and consumed (as milk). Furthermore, they are the word of God: Alive and powerful, sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12); and they will accomplish that for which they are intended (Isaiah 55:11).

Our Father is loving and good. Even though we may be more immature than babes, there is hope for our understanding and belief. We have been given a Teacher.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1Corinthians 2:12

Keep this in mind, as we search out the principle of the resurrection of the dead. Allow the Holy Spirit to demonstrate Himself and the power of God, in the word of God, in regards to this elementary and foundational truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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