KNOW THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION
“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come,
see the place where the Lord lay.”
St. Matthew 28:6
It is the power of the risen Christ that we need in these days. There is a lack of power in so much of what calls itself Christianity and Church, yet this is often not recognised. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5. We need to be extra-ordinary expecting to work in the supernatural. What do we find instead? We find deadness of religion, lacking the vital missing ingredient which is the life of the risen Christ, permeating every fibre of our being, with His own risen power. Only that which has been born of God can receive the life of God; life which knows that the Lord Jesus Christ has both forgiven sin and freed from sin’s power and from the necessity to sin. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7. We have to have lives which are not constantly looking inwardly for sins we think we are daily committing. For to be looking for perceived sins, is to deny that our Lord’s death and resurrection is a finished work. We are to live as God now sees us and wants us to be. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 104:12. When we are in Christ and His risen life is in us we are forgiven and God no longer looks on us as living as sinners. The Church however, can treat as sinners those who have been forgiven by God. This is because of the curse of a confession box mentality which ensnares through a dependency upon a priest to forgive continuous sinning. Also in the wider sense there is still a mind-set which thinks once a sinner always a sinner with such untruth as being a “sinner saved by grace.” Both of these false doctrines are a blasphemy to our Lord’s redemption and His atoning blood.
What is the scriptural position which is the right of receiving forgiveness of sin in the sight of God? It has to be that God in made His own Son to be sin so that He might make the once sinner into a saint. “Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” 1 Corinthians 1:1-2.
What a scripture we have here! This liberates us from that which acts as a blockage to realizing how God really sees us in His Son. To be sanctified is to be separated unto God through having a changed nature which is in the likeness of His Son. This is more than sinless perfection: It is God seeing the holiness of our Lord in our hearts having replaced the old sin nature. This is the fulfillment of what God has demanded. “For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44. This could never be done under the Law. It could only become possible through the only One who could fulfill the Law, God the Son when He made the only acceptable offering and atonement for sin through His own blood. Peter also uses this in relation to conversation. The old sinful nature could never do this. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16.
We have an inheritance in our Lord which is mostly not being understood, let alone claimed. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1. The Church is guilty before God when it still looks to keep those who have been born from above centered upon sin instead of the glorious certainties of lives brought into the full revelation of God; the full revelation of being sons of God. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” St. John 1:12. This is the true position which should be evidenced in the lives of all who are born of God through repentance of sin and faith in the forgiveness of sin through the cleansing of the atoning blood of the Son of God. The old nature then is crucified with Christ and the new nature of the resurrected Christ replaces the old sinful nature. Dare we preach that it is the power of the risen Christ which is still needed?
Are you like me seeking that God will come forth and work in and through His Church in even greater ways than we have so far seen? Should you be looking for this, then this can and will come when the power of the risen Christ is preached as absolute necessity, in order to be able to live what according to the scriptures is the normal Christian life. Let us arise and come with boldness and expectation that Almighty God, who sits on the throne, shall grant this request, so that He shall be glorified in these days through the power of the risen Christ, in the lives which are His. Our Lord Jesus Christ will never be satisfied until we are at one with Himself, sharing His glory and sharing His throne.
Reverend Brian Mason
The Bible College of Wales Original Vision