“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)
The wise believer revels in the fact of Christ’s resurrection. Some things in Scripture may be easier to identify with and apply, including Christ’s substitutionary death, but it is the resurrection that gives us the power to live victoriously. “Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
We have been “crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed” (Romans 6:6). Nevertheless, we are risen with Him, as our text and elsewhere (Romans 6; Ephesians 2:1-10; etc.) clearly teaches. This resurrection is an inward one, of course, but our bodily resurrection is also guaranteed by Christ’s bodily resurrection, should we physically die. “Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus” (2 Corinthians 4:14).
Power to serve Him effectively comes through His resurrection, for we have access to the “exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Ephesians 1:19-20). We have authority over all human and demonic institutions through Him who even now operates as head of the living church of His followers.
Perhaps the most precious of all benefits of the resurrection is that “we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens” who is sympathetic to “the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). JDM
7:00 p.m. Sunday School Teacher Training Introduction
The Shorter Catechism
Q102: What do we pray for in the second petition?
A: In the second petition, [which is, Thy kingdom come,] we pray, That Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed;1 and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced,2 ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it;3 and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.4
1. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. (Psalms 68:1).
2. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. (Psalms 51:18).
3. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you. (2Thessalonians 3:1).
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. (Romans 10:1).
4. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q57: Name some of the judges that judged the Israelites?