Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. . . . For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1, 3 NIV)
It is of great practical importance to us to know that the Christ who lived again still lives. "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36), said Peter on the day of Pentecost; and this accorded with our Lord's own words,
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18), and with the words of Hebrews, "The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven" (8:1).
Not only does He still live, but He can never die again. "For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him" (Romans 6:9).
Finally, all that Christ is, all that He has accomplished for us is available to us now if we obey and trust. We are more than conquerors, through our Captainís triumph; Let us shout the victory as we onward go.
Lord, teach me more and more of what it means to be dead with Christ and alive with Him.
Faith identification with Christ in His death and resurrection provides enablement for Christlike living right now. Are we experiencing that life or living as if Christ never arose from the dead?
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