Ramon Arias | April 5, 2013
On three different occasions Jesus told the disciples he was going to be put to death but the third day he was going to resurrect. No second law of thermodynamics was going to keep him in the grave. All this was written in the Scriptures and it happened as recorded in time and schedule.
It was the Resurrection that convinced his disciples to change their minds about a defeated Jesus at the cross and tomb. For forty days after Jesus’ Resurrection he continued to teach about the Kingdom of God and the victory for all nations. It is taking time for this truth to manifest in fullness, but it will be fulfilled.
The apostle Paul said about the Resurrection of Christ: “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10.). To know the power of Jesus’ Resurrection is not a religious goal. The goal is to understand the power that raised Christ from the dead and to be like him. In his letters Paul wrote that the believer in Christ receives the fullness of the Godhead! He also wrote that the believer has the mind of Christ which makes Christ in the believer the hope of glory. For thousands of years this mystery was hidden from man’s knowledge until the appearance of Christ. Paul’s goal should be our goal. Not out of curiosity but necessity in order to be the kind of person we are called to be.
John in one of his letters said, “By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). With Jesus’ conception, death and resurrection the work to bring about the new creation of God, the human race and the world was completed. A new society was born not to be religious but to be exactly as Christ was while on earth and now in heaven. Of His nature we have received and God’s goal is to bring this knowledge forth until the earth is filled with it as the waters cover the sea.
While many “christians” with a small “c” reject the truth due to ignorance or rebellion of the new nature, people and nations suffer the consequences. Many prefer to embrace the religion of Christianity because, like any religion, they can modify it to fit their likes and dislikes. This is the nature of all religions and we can clearly see the effects in the world. Have courage, although we see the world getting deeper into depravation and lawlessness there is hope.
This hope comes from those who understand the transformational power of Jesus’ Resurrection in their lives. They are the ones who will bring about the next great biblical reformation where all doctrines and philosophies of men will be exposed for what they are, false. This will bring human restoration in an unimaginable way all because Jesus’ Resurrection was not a myth much less a religious event! Jesus is alive and well working with his people on earth.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Dear friend, what do you say? Are you in or out? Are you for or against God’s perfect divine plan?
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