For the Christian, everything hinges on this statement. Paul made it very clear that “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:14). But there are indisputable proofs that “in fact Christ has been raised from the dead” (15:20); “He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:6).
But the point Jesus was making in John 11:25, to a family who had just lost a loved one to death, was that resurrection power resided in His person! If you are in Christ by virtue of faith in His death for your sins, then HIS life is yours by virtue of HIS resurrection! Again, Paul expresses this far better than I can; “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).
To live this resurrection life is to live knowing that nothing in this world can take away, diminish, mar or by any power separate us from Christ! “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37–39). Begin the New Year with this confidence!
After Paul recounts "the affliction they experienced in Asia", he makes a very important statement we all should think about carefully as it relates to our ministries and personal lives.
"But that (the affliction) was to make us rely not on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead." (2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
If you are relying on anything that cannot raise the dead, your relying on the wrong source. God alone has that power and that power is what we need in life and ministry!
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