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Resurrection is a Birth…

Resurrection is a Birth……

 Isaiah 26:19 But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.  (NIV) 

Let’s brainstorm about the importance of the resurrection (and I will use personal pronouns for this “storm”):

  •             I could not be justified.
  •             I would be without hope of participating in Christ’s glor
  •             I would be miserable without hope in the age to come, with only hope in this life.
  •             I would not have the priestly ministry of my Lord for me today.
  •             I would not be forgiven of present and future sins.
  •             My faith would be vain – useless.
  •             No way to please God.
  •             Actually, I would be unable to access faith.
  •              No grace.
  •              No works of righteousness.
  •              No spirit of the truth to teach me.
  •              No blood on mercy seat in heaven today.
  •              I would still be in my sins.
  •             Those who had “fallen asleep in Christ” would perish – no hope of resurrection.
  •              No “out-resurrection” from among the dead.
  •              Christ would not be the declared Son of God.
  •              Death would not be abolished.
  •              No “eternal life” (life in the coming age – the rule in the coming kingdom)
  •              No inheritance.
  •              God would have to break His promise to the fathers!
  •              I could not have a body of incorruption

 The importance of the resurrection of Christ

 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

 No other gods have the power to raise from the dead!  ANY other “god” to whom you have heard “prayers” made who did not raise His Son from the dead is a false god!   ANY “lord” you or anyone else serves who does not have the power to lay down His life and take it up again, is not worth your servanthood.

 I have read that the resurrection of my Lord is one of the best documented events in history -not only the Biblical record, but historical records written by man.  It is also the most hated fact/doctrine in the world’s system, as well as in so-called Christendom.

And why should you know of this most-important event?  Because satan knows its every importance!  This is satan’s only focus.  Satan rules from the heavenlies now and could keep his present position except for the resurrection.

This world’s system, as well as Christendom’s system, hates the doctrine of the resurrection because mankind wants to rule himself and rule over others, making a name for himself.  (It’s happened before – check out Genesis and that famous tower.)  There are world religions whose icon is one with Jesus still on the cross.

Jesus taught – “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand!” (Mt. 4:17)  A LITERAL KINGDOM – ruled by qualified rulers from the heavens and upon earth.  Thrones, dominions, rulers and authorities in the heavens and on earth were created in Christ, the Son of God’s love “FOR” (“eis” –“unto”) –  Him.(Col. 1:16)  He is   the “firstborn from the dead” so that He might come to have first place in everything. (Col. 1:18)

 THE FIRST-BORN FROM THE DEAD HAS FIRST PLACE IN ALL THINGS THAT WERE CREATED IN THE HEAVENS AND ON THE EARTH!

Col 1:15 – 18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible (in the heavens and on earth), whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities (in the heavens and on earth)–all things (in the heavens and on earth) have been created through Him and for Him.   He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.    He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. (NAS)

 When I meditate about the resurrection, my mind hovers over the first chapter in Hebrews.  

Go back to the first chapter of Hebrews and note something you need to understand.  That is – the fact that God refers to the resurrection of His only Son as a birth into the position of a Firstborn Son.  (Jesus was Mary’s firstborn son – not God’s – at His first inception and birth.)

God’s Firstborn Son has been appointed Heir (v.3) and took His appointed place at the right hand of the Majesty on high – after His resurrection.  This inheritance included a more excellent name than the angels.  The angels of God are called “sons of God” in the Old Testament; however, they cannot “make purification of sins,” (v.3), nor die and be resurrected (v.5).  God’s Beloved Son (The Son of His Love) has been “brought to the birth” (v.5) – through resurrection – now obtaining the throne and scepter – the righteous scepter – the scepter of His kingdom. 

 Can you see it?  Rev. 1:5 helps our understanding:  (Rev 1:5) and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born out of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth; to him who did love us, and did bathe us from our sins in his blood,(Rev 1:6) and did make us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him is the glory and the power to the ages of the ages! Amen.(Rev 1:7) Lo, he doth come with the clouds, and see him shall every eye, even those who did pierce him, and wail because of him shall all the tribes of the land. Yes! Amen! (Young’s Literal)

God will bring The First-born into the inhabited earth again (v.6, in Heb. 1)).  Then He will be worshiped by angels (sons of God).  And, all His enemies will become a footstool for His feet.  Those “beautiful” feet that brought the gospel of this very kingdom – and was rejected.  But, look at what this means now!

 HE IS THE FIRST-BORN OF MANY BROTHERS!  (“BRETHERN”)

The “only” Son, as First-born, means He will have brothers and sisters.  Ah, now the importance of the resurrection is revealed.  Being the “first begotten” means there will be other “begotten” –  brothers and sisters to the first-born who are foreknown, predestined, and conformed to the image of this First-born One:

 (Rom 8:28) And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.   (Rom 8:29) For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: (Rom 8:30) and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 HE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN!

(Heb 12:22) but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels,  (Heb 12:23) to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

 

 

March 29, 2013 Posted by | Angels, hope, Precepts you must understand, resurrection, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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