For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10 NIV
Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it .... I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:8-12
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Romans 6:3-11
The Romans (first one), 1 Corinthians, John, and Acts passages above all have to do with people initially coming to faith in Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior and Lord. The Romans 6 passage above is a powerful statement of our identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and all that is supposed happen as a result. Let all of these passages help you discern where you are in your response to God and his provison for you in Christ.
Below you will find some of what we covered throughout the week. Read down through and identify understandings that you believe God desires to help you incorporate into your heart and life.
Earlier in the week the question was posed, "Where is Jesus?" Colossians 1:27 speaks of "Christ in you." So, the core of our being is where Jesus is now. The full outcome of the resurrection is that we have a Risen Savior and Lord who dwells in the core of our being.
As Christ's followers we must enter into the full outcome of the resurrection. We must understand from the overall teaching of Scripture that Jesus dwells in the hearts and lives of his followers through the Holy Spirit. We desperately need to move from being ones for whom the resurrection is merely an announcement we believe is true to being ones who are in a life changing relationship with the Risen Savior and Lord who dwells in the core of his being.
Jesus Christ is alive in our hearts for the fellowship of intimate communion with him. With Christ in the core of our being we can "Come to him" over and over again for times of sweet communion with him where we know his presence, we enter his rest, we experience his peace, we enjoy his mercy and grace, and we find his help for all our needs.
Jesus Christ is also alive in our hearts to produce his righteousness in and through us as the result of our intimate relationship with him. So, Jesus is our substitute for living the Christian life as well. His resurrection life brings forth from our lives the righteousness our righteous God expects.
Christ in love went all out for us on the cross to win us to himself. The Risen Savior comes to us and says, "I love you" and we respond to that love by putting our faith in him and his provision on the cross. We are joined to the risen Christ as he comes to live in us by means of the Holy Spirit. We experience and enjoy a lifelong love relationship of oneness and intimacy with Christ that transforms us and touches the lives of those around us.
As the reality that we walk with Christ in a relationship of communion and transformation is seen by others we become an announcement to them that Jesus is alive and well. The powerful presence of Christ in us through the Holy Spirit wonderfully touches the lives of people around us and gives us opportunities to tell them about the "hope" within us, our Risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Once again Lord I say to you, I want resurrection life. You are alive in the core of my being and I choose to drink freely of the waters of life. Teach me how to abide in you and your resurrection life in me moment by moment and day by day. Amen!
Posted on Sat, April 11, 2015
by Alan Porter