He is risen. He is risen indeed!

He is risen. He is risen indeed!

“He is risen. He is risen indeed!”

Famous words spoken at Easter time. But will we continue to believe it, even after the draped crosses and Easter lilies disappear? As far as I can tell, most people have already gone back to living the way they did before Easter. So, how permanent ARE Christ’s sacrifices and gifts?

Dead to Sin

Dead is dead. If our sinful natures were crucified with Him, then they can no longer have influence over us… unless we let them. Of course, a dead body can be dug up, and past sins can be remembered. But God says He will NOT remember our sins. So if someone is remembering them, it is someone other than He.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:12

“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

Hebrews 10:17

Being dead to sin is not a feeling or notion – it’s a reality. Spiritual realities supersede feelings and notions. You can feel sinful, you can struggle with sin, but that doesn’t change the reality that your sin was crucified on the cross along with Christ’s body. It’s dead. But, just as you can contemplate a dead body, so you can contemplate your sin nature. That won’t raise it back to life.

Alive to God

We are alive to God because Christ was raised from the dead, and we now have His spirit dwelling in us. Just as dead is dead, so alive is alive. It doesn’t matter how you feel, you are alive with His Spirit if you identify with His death and resurrection.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 2:6

So, how long will that last? Forever. It will last forever. Not just until after Easter, not until the next time you screw up. Regardless of how you feel, you have Christ’s righteousness – His right relationship with God – and you will have that forever. You have His righteousness in place of your sin, because of what He accomplished through His death and resurrection.

Isn’t that something to believe in and live out 365 days of the year?

7 Comments

  1. Gary Snow

    Et ait faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram et praesit piscibus maris et volatilibus caeli et bestiis universaeque terrae omnique reptili quod movetur in terra.

    Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram.

  2. Robbie DeFoe

    Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram.

    Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt.

    • Sample User Author

      Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Omnis enim quicumque invocaverit nomen Domini salvus erit. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram.

      Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram.

  3. Gabby Poe

    Et ait faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram et praesit piscibus maris et volatilibus caeli et bestiis universaeque terrae omnique reptili quod movetur in terra.

    Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Et ait faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram et praesit piscibus maris et volatilibus caeli et bestiis universaeque terrae omnique reptili quod movetur in terra.

  4. Sample User Author

    Et ait faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram et praesit piscibus maris et volatilibus caeli et bestiis universaeque terrae omnique reptili quod movetur in terra.

    Omnes enim peccaverunt et egent gloriam Dei. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Et ait faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram et praesit piscibus maris et volatilibus caeli et bestiis universaeque terrae omnique reptili quod movetur in terra.

    • Charlie Monroe

      Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram.

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