January 23, 2015
We're going to run long again today, so without any prologue,
let's get underway.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let
us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from
dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying
on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this
will we do, if God permit.”
since Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, death has
been a mandated part of our existence as their descendants. The human genetic
makeup has had death ingrained in its DNA. Death, and the very preparation for
it has become the core of our culture. Without actually considering that this
is the reason, we look at foods from the perspective of what will make us
healthier and live longer.
folks pick and choose their automobiles predicated on how safe they will be in
them. The news media is filled with news and events that all surround how we
live and/or how we will face death. Most news, whether on TV or in the
newspapers, or on the radio, or in magazines has a death element to it.
buy life and health insurance because we are betting that we will get sick
and/or die before the actuarials predict. On the
other hand the insurance companies are betting that we will live and stay
healthier longer than the actuarials.
thoughts and our speech are filled with a mindset and comments that incorporate
death in one way or another. Despite the promises that Jesus made and the
Covenant He provides, Christians plan for death. The body of Christ has, for
the most part, lost sight of the Covenant that provides health, strength, and —
not only loooooonnng life
— but deliverance from death.
previous foundational truths that we have considered: (1) Repentance from dead works; (2) Faith toward God; (3) Baptisms; and (4) Laying
on of Hands are nearly as difficult for Christians to grasp and lock into their
mindsets, their spirits, their way of thinking, and their behavior patterns as
is the fifth foundation: Resurrection of the Dead.
of the dead takes on a two-fold perspective. The first is one that most
Christians can accept because it is off in the far, far future. It is something
that takes place after one has died, stood before the judgment seat of God and
found innocent of sin. They are then raised to life in the realm of the Spirit.
another aspect of this line of thought that says we are already dead in our
sins — dead spiritually. The acceptance and acknowledgement of Jesus’ as the
Only Begotten Son of God having suffered and died for our sins is our
redemption from that sin and the curse of spiritual death and separation from
God that the sin brings. Everybody good so far with this? What gets lost in
this one-sided view is that Jesus did not only die on the Tree of the Knowledge
of Good and Evil, He laid the axe to its root and was resurrected from the
grave by Father God!
was NEVER designed to die in the first place. When Adam and Eve were first
created, they were created in the image and likeness of Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. Two words occur in the Hebrew text which clarify this: tselem (translated:
image), and demuth (translated:
likeness). The word, tselem, actually conveys
the sense: someone who exactly resembles in appearance, an exact replica. The word, demuth, literally
means: an exact model; alike in characteristics and makeup. Hence
we were made to be just like Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Our breath was
Father’s breath. Our life-span, eternity! Our character and makeup: interdimensional, having the ability to function in both the
heavenlies and in the earthly realm.
two thousand years Adam and Eve lived in the Garden, walking and talking with
Jesus, enjoying the fellowship, receiving revelation, being given the ability
to decree and declare the very nature and makeup of the various living species
— animals, fish, birds; i.e., everything that walked or moved upon the face of
the earth. Death was not a part of their makeup.
and Eve never knew what death was, except that God had said to them when they
were first introduced to the Garden,
“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest
freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely
die.” (Genesis 2:16b-17)
was something there was no reference for in their paradigm. The animals didn’t
die. The birds didn’t die. The fish didn’t die. They were all reproducing and
filling the earth, according to God’s command. Once they ate of the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil, the dying process was set into their DNA, and just
as God had spoken, they died on the day they ate thereof, 930 years into that
third day. At the same time, with sin's contamination, death became a part of
that moment, the human race and the human genome has been contaminated with
both death and the fear of death. For that reason, even for Christians, the
concept of everlasting life, or life for evermore — never mind resurrection
from the dead — have been contaminated by the Fear of Death as well as by the
traditions and religious philosophies that have been bred into the life of the
body of Christ. In order then to get a real grasp on the foundation of
resurrection from the dead, we have to go back to the Word Himself and see what
Jesus said, what He taught, and what He did.
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the
will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me,
that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it
up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every
one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may
have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
is the first and most basic element of resurrection.
is making it abundantly clear that everyone who sees Him — the Greek word here
is theoreo, which
means: to discern, to see and know, to perceive and ascertain —
and believes on Him (and here the word in the Greek text is pisteuo, which
is the word for faith, the exercise of faith meaning: to put full faith and
credit in, to entrust and to commit without reservation) will
have zoe life
(the God-breathed life) aionios: existing throughout
the eternity of the eternities.
Jesus says this: And I will raise him up
at the last day. This is perhaps one of the most unique
and revelatory things Jesus says in this passage.
Greek word used for the phrase “raise him up” is the word, anistemi, a
contraction of two Greek words, ana (up) and histemi, a
prolonged version of stao, which
has some meanings and applications which give real understanding to what Jesus
is saying. Let me illustrate first with another statement that Jesus makes:
5:24, KJV: “Verily, verily, I say
unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on
him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life.”
word, “passed” comes from the Greek
is: an instant transition from one place to another. Again,
we have the picture of hearing (hearing and understanding) and exercising faith
and absolute confidence and trust in the reality of who Jesus is, and the price
that Jesus paid on our behalf.
Jesus said, “I will raise him up at
the last day,” He was applying the truth of
resurrection in a phenomenal way.
term, anistemi, literally
means: to stand up again,
to fix and establish,
to uphold and sustain the authority, to restore and sustain covenant.
therefore, is much more than being raised from the dead, it is being moved from
death — where we have been laid flat by sin — to the very life that is God’s
life. It is the restoration of our relationship with Father, Son & Holy
Spirit throughout the eternity of the eternities!
in this sense, is nothing more than separation from the relationship we were
created for and in with Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Resurrection, again in
this same sense, is being raised back to that life we were created and designed
that’s only one phase of resurrection. What Jesus paid for, and what Father did
when He raised Jesus from physical death in the tomb, is literally the
cancellation of the sentence of death upon us. We’ve quoted this passage again
and again in times past but it deserves revisiting in this context:
Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of
others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:
but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the
sacrifice of himself.
9:27-28, Amp Bible: And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after
that the [certain] judgment, Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to
take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all,
will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin,
but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and
patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.
Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they brought
sin and death into the human genome. Under the Law of Moses, it was necessary
for the priests to enter into the Holy Place once each year with a blood
sacrifice for the atonement (or covering over) of the sins of the people. That
act of offering a blood sacrifice did not eradicate the sin, nor did it do away
with the sentence of death in human DNA.
it became necessary for Jesus Christ to become the once and for all time blood
sacrifice in order to completely eradicate both the sin and do away with the
sentence of death. What the priests could not do under the Law of Moses, Jesus
accomplished with four distinct acts:
(1) He laid the axe to the root of the Tree
of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. (see Matthew 3:10)
(2) He was hung and died on that Tree — the
same Tree that brought death to Adam and Eve. (see Acts 13:29 and I Peter
(3) He took all of our sins, our sicknesses
and diseases, our infirmities, and Satan’s power over us to that Tree and put
it all to death, then laid it at Satan’s feet once and for all.
(4) Having put an end to the power of sin
and sickness, disease and infirmity, He also put an end to death when Father
raised Him from the dead. (Acts 10:39-40 and 13:30, & Galatians
last quote from Paul’s letter to the Galatians makes it about as unambiguous as
anything can be when he writes that
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a
curse for us.”
what was the curse? It was the sentence of death for sin. That was the sentence
that had passed upon all man-kind from the moment that Adam ate of the fruit of
the Knowledge of Good and Evil. There was a fundamental understanding among the
Jews that there would come a Resurrection Day for all at some point in the
future when all would stand before the Great Judgment Seat. Consider Martha’s
statement to Je-sus when he spoke of Lazarus being
raised from the dead:
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst
been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou
wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith
unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith
unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
look now at what Jesus says to Martha next:
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he
that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
responded in the affirmative to Jesus, but that’s not quite what He got when He
was addressing a crowd of followers.
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This
is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not
die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this
bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which
I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves,
saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Jesus was quick to answer them.
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him
up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh
my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so
he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is
that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and
are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live
each of the preceding verses and passages, we have seen the words, “die,” and
“death.” In each case the Greek word
This word literally means: to die off, to be dead physically.
sad is that in today’s society, and particularly in the body of Christ for many
generations, this has been read and inferred as spiritual death. After all,
Jesus surely didn’t mean that Resurrection From the Dead meant that we could
apply this in a literal sense! And yet, that’s exactly what the Word says!
Jesus couldn’t have said it more plainly than He did when He said to Martha, “And whosoever liveth and believeth in
me SHALL NEVER DIE.”
when Paul is writing to the Hebrews and says
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many,” here
once again, the word translated “die” is that same word Jesus used, apothnesko: physical
of the Dead IS a foundation truth and principle that we must lay hold of. We
have to see and understand this as much more than a spiritual event. Of course
the spiritual aspect of it is critical! It is the restoration of our
relationship and interdimensional walk with the Lord
through-out the eternity of the eternities. But in order for it to have force
NOW in this present day and time, we have to see it as Resurrection from the
sentence of death.
cannot be a consideration for us. The subconscious belief that we must die now
impedes out ability to believe that we can raise the dead just as Jesus did.
And, please, don’t anyone think I’m saying that a person absolutely must
believe in physical death cancellation before they can raise the dead. We have
far too many examples of folks in bygone eras and moves of God who did raise
the dead. But God is bringing His people beyond the old mindset and
are current examples of people living today who have grasped this principle and
have been alive for hundreds of years.
Jesus hung on the Cross, His last words were,
“It is Finished!”
and water came from His side when the centurion pierced His side. What was
finished? Sin and death! What came forth from His side? A new birth! A Bride
who would live and demonstrate His Life to the world!
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