This is the message to us, that we are by faith, to appropriate the truth that Jesus HAS OVERCOME death by His life, and that life is available to us to also appropriate in reality that which He has overcome on our behalf. That we might look forward in an assured hope for the future, being that the God of the future is assuring us of it.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN. All of our lives and thinking have been, and are, dominated by the certainty of death. That this is all there is, that we are by nature children and subjects of death. That we will die, as we see others die in all the past gone before and as far as we can see, all the future lives that are ahead. Death and taxes are considered to be the two certainties of life.
But there is this outstanding message of a man who died but then came to life again. Now this is impossible? Or is it. If we close off our minds to any possibility of any kind of “supernatural” event or unknown, “impossible” situation being able to take place, then we may be as Thomas who doubted even to the point of requiring that he physically place his hand inside the wounded side of Jesus.
People say, “unless I see it I won’t believe it”.
But there are things which defy logic, you would have to be a very closed off minded person not to appreciate this. God is asking us to consider the possibility that He exists and that there is life beyond death, that far from life being futile, it has a definite aim and purpose of existence, and that is to get us to project forward in our thinking towards something which can be imagined even if it were not yet to exist.
That the fact of exercising faith in the power of good to overcome evil AGAINST OPPOSITION could have far flung consequences. That by this, the very thing being hoped for IS CREATED. After all, God created “by his word”, He spoke and it appeared. Faith is said to do the same thing, if you speak in faith you can expect results, this is the teaching of Jesus.
Once the negativity of the spectre of death is removed, is it not possible that the things we envisage, if within the given parameters of faith, could manifest themselves? And primarily, that faith finds its realisation in the way we perceive life from then on? If we truly believe we are liberated from death, will that not find its expression IN THAT LIBERATION?
Does this then not mean that we are free to express life as it really exists, as we allow ourselves to be led by this expression of life, away from the expression of death? “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death”
Life overcomes death can be better expressed as “Life HAS OVERCOME death”. Because Jesus did it. He did it “IN HIS BODY”. The death due to all flesh and blood has been defeated in His body, so that the power of life that He had, was able to repair the damage done to our physical bodies by the actions of those things in our physiology that causes death, he healed and restored in His own body the damage done by the corruption of our designed perfection that came about by Adam’s intervention in his design process.
In this way did Jesus “bear our sins”, by bearing the pain and suffering that comes as a result of less than Godly activity, and which causes death. The physical is just a pattern of the spiritual, and if the physical is not willing to perform decently, why should it be given permanency, eternal life? It was natural for Jesus to tackle the damage done to God’s creation via Adam, by the will of one who needed to be subservient and not dominant. That final proof of how righteousness overcomes unrighteousness, was by the raising of His mortal body to immortality.
It is said He “became a life giving Spirit”. He himself had said this also when He was on earth, that He would return, that it was for this very reason He had come. This life giving Spirit is available to all who want it, by faith, by believing and accepting Him. “Only believe”. It is not about “doing things” it is about “believing things”. It is about the willingness to believe that the God of love and life truly exists, and you are willing to place your life on it, after all, what is your life if it is empty and futile because of how natural life dictates the emptiness of the results of unrighteousness. What else can be expected from the making of wrong decisions, of wrong choices, of following one’s own will, the will of one who is caught in the futility of life.
The doing of worthwhile things can only come from the believing of worthwhile things.
The most “worthwhile thing” you can believe is that JESUS HAS CONQUERED DEATH for us, so we might also accomplish it, that is to make it true in us also, ‘simply’ by believing it has been done FOR US. To believe in Him and what He has done is to change our whole perspective on life, to open us up to His world and to our acceptance of it, of Him, so we also might be participant in that life with Him.
The future that is to come is being decided NOW BY YOUR ACTIONS WHICH ARE A RESULT OF YOUR BELIEFS. You either do what is right because you value it and trust it, or you do what is wrong because you are more comfortable with that. He holds nothing against you, He realises that mistakes come naturally to those who were born into a deficient world which by its very nature consumes all before it. But having given the remedy for it all, He expects us to turn away from it and to take up the ideal which He has put before us in His Son Jesus. That ideal is that the nature of love is real and will be vindicated in the world which is to come, and which is available now to alter our destinies beforehand.
Your life, in conjunction with HIS life, can result in your life overcoming your death, even as it is said that He has already done this for you, so you can participate in HIS life because of what HE has done in you by your confession of faith.
ROMANS 10-9. The word of faith. “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;..”
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