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The Power of His Resurrection

by Bishop Kurilose

To know Christ is to know the power of His resurrection. All the powers of Satan and death could not hold Him. As we begin to know Christ, we see that Satan and death and all the powers of hell could not hold Him because He had finished the work that God had given Him to do. He had performed that perfect sacrifice to the satisfaction of the Father and paid the penalty of sin. He had performed that perfect righteousness and that perfect obedience under the law. He had been obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. He had paid the penalty as an act of obedience and all the powers of hell and Satan and sin could not hold Him. They all had to give way because He came out of the grave as a victor over death and the grave. This is to know Him in the power of His resurrection.

"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."
PHI 3:10.

Since Christ satisfied the penalty of sin, death has lost its sting and the grave has lost its victory. Christ has satisfied the just demands of the law with perfect obedience. Christ's resurrection is His pledge to the New Testament church that the Father's just demands have been met, and that the power of sin and of death have been broken.

To know the power of His resurrection is to be delivered from the power of sin. This was demonstrated when He arose from the grave. He gained victory over the power of sin. Are we going to fellowship in His resurrection? Are we going to know Him in the power of His resurrection and be delivered from the power of sin? Sin will have no more dominion over us. ROM 6:4 tells us, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that 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."

If we understand the power of His resurrection, then we are delivered from the power of sin, that we should not serve sin any more. Verses 7-9 say, "For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him." If we want to claim that we have fellowship in the power of His resurrection, then we know what it is to have victory over death, hell, the grave, and the power of sin.

By our fallen nature, we are all under the power of the prince of this world. In EPH 2:2 it says, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." To know the power of His resurrection is to see the prince of this world judged. That means that he no longer rules as king in our hearts. The power of the resurrection has dethroned the prince of this world, and he no longer rules in our hearts.

EPH 2:4-6 says, "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." It is "But God;" it is not what we have done. It is not that we have gained the victory in our own strength, "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved," has raised us from under the power of the prince of this world.

To know Christ is to fellowship in His suffering. What is fellowshipping in His suffering? The man who was born blind was cast out for his testimony. When you and I can see that positive mark of identification (as we have in the beatitudes: blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake) and share together in the areas in which we have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, that is fellowshipping in His sufferings. Not only are we suffering with Him, but we are fellowshipping in suffering for His name's sake. Then we can relate to that man who was born blind and cast out for his testimony because that has happened to us. That is fellowshipping in His sufferings. 

In JOH 9:34 it says, "They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out." Do we not find this quite often if we try to share something that we believe is precious for our souls, but we find that we are rejected by those who are such tremendous advocates? They can explain it so well, but they do not want to hear your personal testimony. They will cast you out for it.

In JOH 9:34 it says, "They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out."

Do we not find this quite often if we try to share something that we believe is precious for our souls, but we find that we are rejected by those who are such tremendous advocates? They can explain it so well, but they do not want to hear your personal testimony. They will cast you out for it. 

Amen.

See Also:

Good Friday - A new Covenant of God for Humanity
The passion of Christ on the cross was the new Covenant and beginning of the new Chapter the process of salvation for humanity.

Walk in Light
This world is dark as midnight; Jesus has come, that by faith we may have light and may no longer sit in the gloom which covers all the rest of mankind.

Why Jesus Spoke in Parables
The parables beginning in Matthew 13 reveal the mystery of the spiritual kingdom as service from the heart to Christ as King. The Lord Jesus is teaching in these parables that the kingdom of heaven is within you; it is established on the throne of your heart.

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