Sunday, March 23, 2008

Resurrection in Christ

If the human race fell in Adam, a mere man, what happened to us in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Father’s eternal Son incarnate and the anointed One? When he died, we died. When he rose, we rose. When he ascended, we ascended. When he sat down at the Father’s right hand, we too were seated with him, and there and then accepted, embraced, included forever, even as it was planned before the foundation of the world. Being included in Jesus' relationship with his Father means we are included in his anointing in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life. Pentecost inevitably follows the resurrection and the ascension of Jesus, the vicarious man.

“For the love of Christ constrains us, having reached this conclusion: One died for all, therefore all died” (2COR 5:14).

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ” (EPH 2:4-6).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1PET 1:3).

“With the birth and resurrection of Jesus, with Jesus Himself, the relation of the world to God has been drastically altered, for everything has been placed on an entirely new basis, the unconditional grace of God” (T. F. Torrance, Space, Time and Resurrection, p. 34).

May we all know what the Triune God has done for us, and with us, and to us in Jesus, and live in its freedom.


Anonymous said...

Yes! "...for everything has been placed on an entirely new basis,..." This is so true!

But, because of all the "isms" tainting the faith these days and also because of the Synoptic Problem, so many stay on the old basis.

Please keep up your good work!

J. Richard Parker

Anonymous said...

Therefore ALL have to be REALLY SAVED! Otherwise it only becomes 'Glorified Arminianism'.

Anonymous said...

I agree...but like Richard said that all the "isms" and creeds and interpretations distort abit. It is truly a struggle to keep this in heart and mind. In Him, david.

C. Baxter Kruger, Ph.D. said...

'Glorified Arminianism'? Is that the opposite of 'Humiliated Calvinism'?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, both Arminianism and Calvinism are distortions but Arminianism i think is more tormenting, cos it leaves the final outcome up to us. This i think is the problem with Perichoresis - it starts out so well - with a Grander vision of God, but in the end only shifts the goalposts back...And cannot speak to someone who can't trust in their ability trust.

C. Baxter Kruger, Ph.D. said...

Surely you gest. Better to think that we can do something than to think that most are toast before we begin? But both are worng. We are all included because the one in and through and by and for whom all things were created and are sustained became what we are. Now the Holy Spirit himself is haunting us with the truth, and because we are all included, and because the Holy Spirit is seriously addressing us, we are summoned to believe, and thus there are consequences for what we believe. The Calvinists and the Arminians both assume that we are separated from Jesus, and thus they lose the possibility of real salvation and real judgment in the process. Hmmm....