“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54b–55). There is no answer from death! It has been robbed of its power and its purpose has been emptied! For those who believe, this is absolute victory!
Peter declares in his first preaching, “God raised Him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it” (Acts 2:24). The Holy Spirit gave Peter very clear understanding of what Jesus had said in John 10:17-18. Not only did Jesus have the authority to rise from the grave, God the Father was there at the tomb; the Godhead working together in this one event that confirmed the purpose of God from before the foundations of the world and changing for all eternity the hope of all who believe! The world that has rejected Jesus will never understand the power and implication of resurrection. But “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him” (Romans 6:9).
The question we must answer is whether we understand its power and implications for us personally. After Paul says that he is crucified with Christ, he affirms that “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). “Your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). “So, you also must consider yourselves…alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11).
If the truth we have presented in the last few days is not confirmed in your heart and not evoking a flood of praise for what God has done for you, something is seriously wrong. We ask that you get alone with God and humbly ask the Holy Spirit to open your understanding. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
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