THEME: POWER OF RESURRECTION
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
-We have been bought at a price and are called to glorify God in our bodies and in spirit, which belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20). We are therefore the purchased possession of the Holy Spirit, we who believe in the true message of salvation, having been sealed by the Holy Spirit. Our security is thus not in ourselves but it is in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
The death and resurrection and Jesus marks the foundation of our faith as Christians. His life became the epitome from whom we reverence our livelihoods. The power of resurrection first is having a personal relationship with Christ through His precious gift of salvation. In Philippians 3:10-11 Paul says that, “I want to know Christ yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” 2 Timothy 2:8, enjoins us to remember that Jesus was raised from the dead. Secondly, resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith. At communion we remember His death (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Thirdly, the resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds us that we have been united in a death like His and we will be united in a resurrection like His. Therefore sin no longer has power over us (Romans 6:5-6). Fourthly, since Christ defeated sin and death, we have received His abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness that we may reign in life (Romans 5:11-17). We therefore have victory in Christ and are able to do good works as through His gifts and fruit. Fifth, resurrection gives us hope. It reminds us of the victory of Calvary. 1 Corinthians 2:8 reads, “which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” We have hope of having eternal life with Him in the place where Christ went to prepare for us. Christs’ resurrection reminds us that he was raised by the Spirit of the Father, and that same Spirit dwell in us and would give life to our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11). Jesus did not leave us orphaned but gave us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us, guides us, and seals us with His gift of salvation. He equips us to go into the world to preach the gospel, and to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We have a friend in Jesus and we should analyze our friendship with Jesus Christ. We need to examine our hearts and to give ourselves to Him and experience His grace.
Holy holy holy are Lord God Almighty, who was who is and who is to come. We appreciate You dear Jesus for You died and rose again so that we may share in Your resurrection. Thank You for taking away our sins and setting us from death and hades. We can now confidently ask oh death where is your sting, for we have the gift of salvation, purchased by the blood of the Lamb. Thank You dear Jesus for writing our names in the Lambs book of life. We appreciate You Holy Spirit for sealing us with Your eternal grace for we belong to You. May You cover us with Your precious blood dear Jesus and help us to walk as You walked. May Your salvation reach all those who do not know You in our families, social circles and in all the world. May You remove all forms of pride and unforgiveness from our hearts that we may fully explore the power of Your cross and we may receive Your forgiveness. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance upon us and grant us peace. Amen
Further reading: Romans 1:4, Revelation 20:6
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