knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.Romans 6:9(NASB)
We who by God's grace have been placed IN Christ by faith, are identified with Him and He with us. Indeed when we start to truly understand the significance and importance of our mutual identity.. we begin to understand the depth of the riches of both the wisdom of God.. and His gracious love towards us.
Christ identified with our sin and took the punishment that we deserve, so that we might identify with His righteousness, by faith.. and not only be forgiven of our sin, but also receive in our body His very life. For as by one man (Adam), sin entered the world and death gained access because of sin - so also by one MAN..(Jesus) the price of sin has been paid. Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God paid the price for sin - so that His righteous - His eternal resurrected life could become the present and eternal possession of all who trust in Him.. by faith.
The eternal, resurrected life of Christ is given to all believers, to empower us to live each day as Christ lived - in spirit and in truth. Christ's righteous, risen, eternal life is not only a confident, future certainty but it is also our present, practical possession. The eternal, resurrected life of Christ, which we receive at the point of our salvation has all we need for life and godliness in this earthly realm - and in the world to come, life everlasting. But sadly the truth of Christ's identification with us and our identification with Him is often ignored, missed or completely misunderstood.
Death had no power over the eternal Son of the eternal God for in Him is eternal LIFE. But as the eternal Son of God, He laid aside His glory and came to earth as the perfect, sinless Son of Man. Jesus took on human flesh, was born into the human race and lived amongst us, being tempted just as we are, yet without sin. And because Jesus lived a sinless human life.. the icy fingers of death and the cruel curse of the Law had no power over Him. The wages of sin are death but the perfect Son of Man lived a sinless life.. and so death had no claim on Him.
BUT God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to become the sin-substitute for the world and the Lord Jesus willingly gave up His own life in order to become the perfect sacrifice and the one acceptable ransom price for the sin of the whole world. To glorify His Father He willingly took OUR sin upon Himself and became the prey of death. Jesus willingly offered up His sinless life in our place.. so that by faith in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him.
Death was powerless over the eternal Son of God. Death could not hold Him in the place of death once He had sacrificed His perfect, sinless life on our account.. And so on the third day, as prophesied in Scripture the perfect Son of Man was raised from up from the grave - conquering death on behalf of every man.. who would trust in His name.
Christ rose victorious from the grave.. never, ever to die again. His death became our death and the price for our sin was paid in full. But His resurrected, eternal life became our eternally resurrected life - for just as He identified with our sin and died on our account - so we by grace through faith are identified with His life. We died and were buried with Him through baptism into Him death.. and like Christ we too are raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
Because we believe in Christ by faith we are identified with Him and made one with Him. Christ has been raised from the dead and we too are identified with His resurrected life. Christ, having been raised from the dead is never to die again - and we who are identified with His life by faith have the same relationship with death - for in Christ we have eternal life, never to die again. The price of sin has been paid and death no longer has power in our life... for we are one with Christ forever and ever.. amen.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Christ Jesus identified with my sin and took the death sentence that I deserved and thank You that by faith in Him I am identified with His eternal resurrected life. To Him be all praise and glory, AMEN.
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