IF YOU’VE BEEN RAISED UP WITH CHRIST

Recently during our morning church service we had the privilege of watching someone be baptized. Our pastor read Romans 6:3-4 “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Then He read Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…”

As he read the Matthew passage, it was quickened within me Jesus is saying being baptized in the name of “The Father, Son and Holy Spirit” means the believer has become one with the Trinity. You see Jesus (God in the flesh) came here in order to set the fall of Adam straight. When someone is born-again of the Spirit of God, they are brought into an intimate union with God Himself. In fact this is a union of a sort even better than what the first Adam had enjoyed, for he never partook of the Tree of Life, which is Christ. This is why the operation of the cross was necessary. Our union with fallen Adam had to be severed in order for us to be brought into the intimate relationship God always had in mind. Through the cross, God took us out of Adam, and joined us to Christ in order to elevate us and seat us with Him in the heavenlies.

Those who have been born again have the privilege of an intimate union with God never known prior to Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension. According to Colossians 3:3 “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God”; and 1 Corinthians 6:17 tells us “He that is joined to the Lord are one Spirit.” We truly are His workmanship, his hands and feet. In 1 John 4:6 we read, “We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us.” Then in v. 13 “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”

You see it has always been God’s plan for man to be at His right hand. Ephesians 2:5-6 tells us “God made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Oh my! We, right now, are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Jesus himself told the church in Laodicea, as recorded in Revelation 3:21, “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Let me finish with a quote from page 36 of Paul E. Billheimer’s book “Destined For The Throne.”

“Nothing can ever dim the fact that infinity separates the Creator from the created. Christ is the eternally unique and only begotten Son, “the brightness of [God’s] glory,” and “the express image of his person”(Heb. 1:3). But from all eternity God purposed to have a family circle of His very own, not only created but also generated by His own life, incorporating His own seed, “sperma,” “genes,” or heredity. “Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own [in a genetic sense], through what Christ would do for us.” In order to obtain this personal, organic family relationship, God conceived the infinitely vast and infinitely wise plan of creation plus redemption through the new birth, in order to bring “many sons to glory” (Heb. 2:10).

Amen.

Louie

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2 thoughts on “IF YOU’VE BEEN RAISED UP WITH CHRIST

  1. Wow that is some strong stuff–I got it printed and I will munch on it–thanks for the uplifting word bro.

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