Resurrection From the Dead, Part 13
Reprint May 26, 2023
We continue to stress the importance of being water baptized as well as partaking regularly of the Table of the Lord. As already pointed out, these are the only two things that Jesus commanded of believers. Water baptism is an initial event for those who first come to Jesus and accept and acknowledge Him as their Lord and Savior. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.
The Table of the Lord, on the other hand, is an ongoing event. Paul makes it clear in his statement, “As oft as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” Do you see the significance? The more often we do this, the more often we remind ourselves that Jesus kept our appointment with death!
Writing to the Hebrews, Paul makes the following statement – and nothing could be clearer.
Hebrews 9:27-28: 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; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Let’s try this again.
Even though death was and has been appointed unto men and women one time, and at the same time to face the Judgment Seat of Christ, for that reason Jesus offered Himself up on the Cross to die once and for all and take on Himself, the sins of many; and to all those who look for His return will He appear again [on their behalf] without the accompanying sin: (their deliverance from the penalties of sin will have been accomplished; the wholeness, health and prosperity that came at Creation will have been restored to them). (Hebrews 9:27-28, RAC Translation and Amplification)
Does that make it clearer for you?
Water Baptism marks our agreement and re-enactment of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We participate with Jesus by being buried with Him in baptism.
We also participate with Him when we come out of the water because we are demonstrating His resurrection and — again, because we are in Him — our resurrection from the dead.
We’ve already talked about the fact that Jesus provided death cancellation for all of us by keeping our appointment with death. In fact, we were in Christ when He hung on the Cross, keeping our appointment.
When Jesus rose from the dead, coming out of that tomb, we were in Him.
If I seem to be repeating myself, I am, but my objective is to say this in as many different ways as possible so that we all get this revelation. I personally believe there is no revelation more important than this.
Everything that Jesus does in our lives, everything we accomplish, our growth and spiritual development, our ministry, the miracles that we perform and participate in — all hang on our being in Christ when He died, and then rose again from the dead.
Death cancellation means we don’t have to put up with death. Resurrection from the dead means that death has no power or hold of any kind over us.
It also means that we are free from all disease, infirmity, sickness and pain — since they all stem from the dying process.
Thus, “He that eats and feeds on my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells continually in me, and I [in like manner dwell continually] in him.”
Colossians 2:13-15: And you, being dead (nekros: a corpse) in your sins (paraptoma: intentional and unintentional error, lapse or deviation) and the uncircumcision of your flesh (akrobustia: metaphor for non-covenantal state), hath he quickened together (suzoopoieo: reanimate con-jointly) with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out (exaleipho: obliterate) the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
And having spoiled (apekduomai: divesting oneself wholly and completely) principalities and powers (arché & exousia: “chief” authorities [archangels or demonic authorities] and “superhuman” magistrates or controllers — demonic powers), he made a show of them openly, triumphing (thriambeuo: “noisy iambus”, to make an exclamatory procession) over them in it.
Let’s try this again.
And you, having become a corpse because of your errors and lapses towards God— both intentional and unintentional — along with the fact that you were living outside of the Covenant, has Jesus reanimated with Himself, brought back to life and canceled the sentence of death hanging over you, having forgiven you of all transgressions,
Obliterating all of the laws and ordinances that were written against us so as to define sin in us, and everything that was written to define us negatively; He removed all impediments against us and nailed them to His Cross.
And, having divested Himself wholly and completely [of all possible influence] of archangels and demonic authorities, as well as controlling individuals operating with demonic power, Jesus loudly and triumphantly publicly put on a show of His victory over them. (Colossians 2:13-15, RAC Translation and Amplification)
The picture that Paul draws here is that of Jesus loudly proclaiming — even singing clamorously and poetically — and putting on exhibit Satan himself and all his demonic forces to show and demonstrate that their power and authority was finished.
Satan had committed a crime for which he was judged and sentenced. His crime was thievery and murder. He killed someone — Jesus — who was not subject to his authority.
We have already noted in the past that under universal law, slaves were considered as property. They were not regarded as human beings, and therefore had no right to protest their treatment by Satan.
Jesus took us with Him, in Him, and was in us when He went to the grave and was buried in the tomb. (Colossians 2:12)
By the same token, when Jesus was raised from the dead by the Father, we were raised in Him, with Him and He in us.
Notice exactly how Paul phrases this in Colossians 2:13.
Colossians 2:13: “He re-animated [us] con-jointly with Him; and at the same time obliterated, demolished and wiped totally clean the decrees of judgment (and accompanying sentence of death) that had been written against us.” (RAC Translation & Amplification)
So what happens each time we eat and drink at the Table of the Lord? We eat and drink of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Thus, we have “Christ in us!”
But notice, once again, how Paul parallels this to Water Baptism.
Colossians 2:12 (Amplified Version): [Thus you were circumcised (and entered into His Covenant) when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.
We enter into the Covenant through Water Baptism.
(1) The corpse of sin gets buried. The “non-person” slave, subject to Satan is put in the grave.
(2) We as new, reanimated, living, breathing creations — re-made in the image and likeness of God — come forth from the grave as beings not subject to the Law of Sin and Death.
(3) Just as Jesus did, we make an open show of principalities and powers in triumph and joyful, noisy song by virtue of having entered into this New Covenant.
(4) Water Baptism not only engages the Covenant for us with Him, it also puts on notice Satan, his archangels, his magistrates and all his demonic foot soldiers that their power or authority over us has been broken and demolished once and for all!
(5) Without Water Baptism, even though we were in Christ and He was in us when He died and was buried, and then rose from the dead, no covenantal step has been taken on our part to demonstrate our acceptance of the New Covenant.
Without Water Baptism — and this is an act of faith — nothing has taken place that says to Satan and his armies, “Your authority and power over me has been broken. Your right to torment me, your right to steal from me, your right to take my life — without legal consequence — has been broken by the Blood of the Lamb.”
Remember how John saw this picture?
Revelation 12:11 (RAC Translation & Amplification): And they (the faith-filled and faith-acting believers) subdued, conquered and prevailed over Satan, gaining complete victory by the Blood of the Lamb [shed through his painful beatings and suffering, and death on the Cross] and the Word of their testimony [the evidence, report and record given] (that they too were in Christ when died and rose again] spoken, sung and acted upon in Water Baptism;
And they did not love, adhere to and cling to their souls, their mindsets and their old thought processes, willingly and determinedly putting their souls, their mindsets and their old thought processes to death.
What precipitated this statement by John? What was it that he witnessed when he was transported into the heavenlies in and by the Spirit?
Revelation 12:10: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
The accuser — our accuser — is finished! But that “finishing” is accomplished through faith. We finish him by the Word of our testimony.
We give evidence, first-hand testimony as personal witnesses by virtue of the fact that we were in Christ when he died, that we were in Christ when He rose from the dead, and that we have entered into the new Covenant with Him.
We further give first-hand testimony to the fact that He became The Lamb That Was Slain which took away the curse and all our sins.
Finally, we can testify that we have acted upon the Covenant extended to us by being buried with Jesus Christ in baptism; and that we have been raised to New Life in Christ!! We are in Him! We are in Him! We are in Him!
So then, if any person is grafted into and immersed in the Anointed One (and His anointing), he is a new fabrication -- a newly formed being; the previous life [the lifestyle and the old characteristics thereof] has perished; you can see and perceive for yourself that every part of one's being is an unprecedented substance -- a new species. (II Corinthians 5:17, RAC Translation & Amplification)
Again we have a confirmation of the promise we see in Paul’s general letter to the Hebrews – that same promise with which we began this Coffee Break. We were in Christ Jesus when He died. Thus the old “us” HAS indeed died. Jesus enabled our original appointment with death to be kept.
When Jesus rose from the grave, we rose with Him. We were in Him, and we ARE in Him today. The new and redeemed “us” is alive in Christ minus the death penalty.
And we still have more ground to cover. See you next week.
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