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Resurrection of Christ Part II

 

In the last article we left you with the question of where Jesus spirit went as His body lay in the tomb for three days and three nights. Ephesians 4:8-9 tells us that when Jesus was buried, His Spirit went into the lower parts of the earth. I Peter 3:19 tells us that He preached to the spirits in prison.

 

Who were they and what did He preach?  For a hint, note the words  “Even as” in Jude 7  Those words connect the sin of verse 6  with the sin of verse 7.  It connects the angels that sinned with women in the years before the Flood  with the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. Both were perverted sexual sins which were an abomination  in the sight of God.    

 

THE SONS OF GOD    

 

Jude 6-7 speaks of the spirits in prison. This could refer to the angels who kept not their first estate as God’s holy angels, but followed Satan in his rebellion against God. These demons appeared as men who. according to Genesis 6:1-4. had sexual relations with the women of earth and produced an evil race of monstrous sinners. These angels, created by God, are referred to as the “Sons of God” there in Genesis 6, as well as  in Job 38:4-7 and in Job 1:6.  

 

 

In II Peter 2:4 we learn that these fallen angels are confined to a pit called Tartaros.    In Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:11-19 we have the story of the fall of Lucifer (Satan) from Heaven. Read also an account of his fall in Revelation12:1-9. There we read that when Satan fell, he took a third of the stars of Heaven with him.  No doubt, these stars of Heaven are a description of the angels who followed him in rebellion against God.     

 

 

Where did Jesus’ spirit go while His body lay in the tomb for three days and three nights? He went to preach to those fallen angels. What did Jesus Spirit preach to those angels?  It is my understanding that Jesus proclaimed victory over Satan and his hosts. Genesis 3:15 records that God declared war on Satan and his hosts back in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve’s fall.  With Christ’s death and resurrection He confirmed to Satan and his evil hosts that they are defeated and it’s only a matter of time before they will be cast into Hell Fire for eternity, never again to contaminate man or the world with sin.

 

 Revelation 12:12 tells us that Satan is furious because he knows his time is short.  As we near the end of the age, we are seeing Satan’s wrath and opposition to God and to God’s people intensify.  Even now there is an ongoing warfare in the unseen world between God and the evil powers of Satan and his demons as described in Ephesians 6:10-19.  We as Christians are drawn into this battle by virtue of our relationship with Christ.     

 

 

III. CHRIST’S BODILY RESURRECTION ALSO ASSURES US OF OUR OWN BODILY RESURRECTION.    

 

 

Job, who no doubt lived in the time of the Patriarchs, is the first to speak by inspiration of God of the resurrection. In the midst of his intense sufferings, God enabled him to look forward to his resurrection day.   He gives an amazing detailed description of his resurrected body in Job 19:23-27.   Read the passage and rejoice with Job.  The details are amazing and thrilling!    

 

 

Romans 8:11 teaches us that the same Holy Spirit who resurrected Jesus’ body from the dead is also going to one day raise up our bodies from the dead.  In other words,  Jesus’ bodily resurrection guarantees our bodily resurrection.     Philippians 3:20-21 informs  us that our bodies are going to be just like Jesus’ glorified body. 

 

 

To learn more about our resurrection bodies,  go to the last chapters of each of the four Gospels,  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and there you will learn amazing details about Jesus’  glorified body and ours one day, that should fascinate any science/fiction enthusiast.  Just for starters, imagine being able to move at the speed of thought. 

 

 

Only Christians will have these glorified bodies.  The unsaved will also be resurrected to live in Hell Fire eternally in bodies that experience torment but are never  annihilated.  The horror is almost too much to even mention.  The good news is you do not have to go to hell. 

 

 

Trust Christ who bore your hell on the cross.  He will save you instantly and eternally by His grace.  You can’t do anything to earn it or deserve it.  You must receive God’s gift of salvation as a totally free gift.       Paul declares the heart of the Gospel in Romans 10:9-10  by showing us exactly what we must believe; not just in our minds, but in our hearts. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  Without heart faith in the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus, we have no salvation. Will you receive Him by faith this moment?     

 

 

IV. CHRIST’S BODILY RESURRECTION GIVES CHRIST THE RIGHT AND THE AUTHORITY TO BE OUR LORD.    

 

 

In Philippians 2:5-11 we see that Jesus, who is God in human flesh, humbled Himself and became a man and willingly went to the cross and died for our sins; then rose again and returned to Heaven to be our rightful Lord.  When we trust Him as our Saviour, we give up our rights to Him as our Lord.  We seek to live only for His glory and for the good of others.  Take time to read that passage and try to grasp the immensity of what Jesus went through for you.  How can any Christian continue on with life refusing to surrender to Him as Lord?    

 

In Romans 14 we learn the impact this new relationship with Christ has in our relationship with people around us.  We no longer live for self, but for others. We no longer lord it over others, but we seek to live an unselfish life and example for others.

 

     

V. HIS RESURRECTION LIFE ENABLES US TO LIVE VICTORIOUSLY OVER SIN.

 

 

No, we don’t live it perfectly and won’t live it perfectly until we are glorified and in Heaven, but as Christians we long to live pure, sinless lives.  We hate sin as we see it in ourselves and we confess it and  He forgives and cleanses us from sin.  I John 1 gives us clear instruction on how to deal with sin as a Christian.    

 

But the question that haunts every Christian is, “How can I live victoriously over sin?”The how to of sanctification, or becoming saintly, is explained in three steps found in Romans 6.

 

 

   1. KNOW these facts concerning your identification with Christ  in Romans 6:1-10  You were crucified in the person of Christ. You were buried in the person of Christ. You arose from the dead in the person of Christ.    

 

 

2. RECKON these facts to be true.  Romans 6:11-12  That is, count these facts to be true, especially in moments of temptation.   

 

 

3. YIELD to Christ.  Romans 6:13-16 Yield to Christ’s Lordship in every decision of life and every time you are tempted to sin.   When you yield to Him,  His Holy Spirit, who lives in your heart, takes over in your life and you begin to live the life you could never life by your own effort.  Christ lives in you!  That’s the wonderful secret      

 

 

THE TWIN TRUTHS OF JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION MUST NEVER BE SEPARATED  

 

 

In Justification you are  judicially declared righteous.  Through faith in Christ’s shed blood for your sins, God counts you as righteous as His own dear Son, the Lord Jesus.

 

 

But the purpose of salvation is not to simply give you a free ticket to Heaven, but to bring you  into a life of victory over sin through your identification with Christ as a believer.    These two truths, though separate truths, must be accepted together if we are to grow to spiritual maturity.   I encourage you to read through the following passages and see how both truths always go together.  Romans 8:1,   Ephesians 1:4, and 12,   2:8-10,  4:11-13, 5:5-6,  5:25-27  Philippians 1:6,  3:10-15  

 

    

VI.  FINALLY, HIS RESURRECTION GIVES US POWER TO SERVE HIM.

 

   

When Jesus returned to Heaven, He left behind His Holy Spirit to dwell in each Christian. Ephesians 4:8-16 teaches us that He has gifted each of us to serve Him. In Acts 1:1-9 we learn that His The Holy Spirit gives us  power to serve Him by serving others.  We best serve Him by showing Christ to others through our lives and sharing the Gospel with them.

 

  

THANK GOD FOR THE CERTAINTY OF JESUS’ BODILY RESURRECTION!

   

Can you see the hopelessness and folly of calling ourselves Christians if Jesus never actually rose from the dead?   We are hopeless, deluded fools if Jesus never rose from the dead.

 

  

But we are certain Jesus did rise from the dead and because of that we who are Christians will rise in the First Resurrection. Revelation 20:5-6   and  the unsaved will rise in the Second Resurrection. Revelation 20:11-15

 

 

In which resurrection will you rise?  If you choose to reject Him, do you really want to face what is described in Revelation 20:11-15? That will be the indescribable horror of all those who reject Christ as Saviour.  

 

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March 19, 2008 - Posted by | Resurrection

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