Apr 14th, 2019
Hello and welcome to season 2 episode 21 of The Berean Manifesto, brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and over the next 10 minutes or so we are going to talk about Easter.
Often at Easter, we focus on the retelling of the events of the crucifixion and the resurrection, which is good. It’s crucial that we retell Biblical events to each other often so they are never far from our hearts and minds. We did this last year with our daily devotional leading up to Easter, but I felt like we should go a different direction this year and focus on our part in Christ’s death and resurrection.
During Christ’s life, He never sinned, and He never lied (1 Peter 2:22). When he was insulted, he didn’t hurl insults back; when he suffered, he didn’t make threats but trusted God to be a just judge (1 Peter 2:23). Christ took our sins in his own body on the cross; so that, having died to sins ourselves, we might live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). Or what? Didn’t you know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were also baptized into His death (Romans 6:3)? We were buried with Christ by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of The Father, we too may walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). If we have been united with Christ in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:5).
We have indeed been crucified with Christ, and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. The life I now live in my body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). For we know that our old self was crucified with Christ so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin (Romans 6:6), since a person who has died is freed from sin (Romans 6:7). Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him (Romans 6:8), because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him (Romans 6:9). For the death Christ died, He died to sin once for all time, but the life He lives, He lives to God (Romans 6:10). So, you too, consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11).
We cannot be too quick to dismiss the idea of the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through keeping the law, then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:21). But we were put to death in relation to the law through the body of Christ so that you and I may belong to another. We belong to Him who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God (Romans 7:4). This is why we say that we have been released from the law since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law (Romans 7:6). Now if we are to live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Let’s not become conceited, provoking or envying one another (Galatians 5:26). Because those who belong to Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24).
Now If we died with Christ to the elements of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: (Colossians 2:20) “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch” (Colossians 2:21)? All these regulations refer to what is destined to perish by being used up; they’re human commands and human doctrines (Colossians 2:22). And although these have a reputation for wisdom, they actually promote self-made religion, false humility, and severe treatment of the body. They aren’t of any value in living a righteous lifestyle (Colossians 2:23). Since we have reached the conclusion that if One died for all then all died, we are therefore compelled by the love of Christ that we should no longer live for ourselves, we must reject self-made religion, false humility and the like, and live for the One who died for us and was raised from the dead (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
So if we have been raised with Christ, we must seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). Set our minds on things above, not on Earthly things (Colossians 3:2). Since we died, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). When Christ, who is our life, appears, then we also will be glorified with Him (Colossians 3:4). If we deny Him, He will also deny us, but if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; and if we lose our faith, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:11-13). For we were like sheep going astray, but now we have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls (1 Peter 2:25).
This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”