Resurrection and Ascension Based Confidence
‘And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:’ (KJV)
What comes to mind when you think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Is it Easter time, with those chocolate bunnies and eggs? Is it the fact that Jesus’ resurrection reveals God’s unending love and power?! Is it the truth that Jesus is alive today, the fact that he didn’t stay in the grave? Well, all of those things are good, and the last two are powerful truths, but it is Holy Spirit’s heart to identify something else with that historical reality…
The Bible makes it clear that you were included in the death of Jesus Christ, when he died you died! Here is one of many verses that testifies of this truth: ‘Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?’ (Rom. 6:3, KJV). But you weren’t just snuffed out with Christ, you were raised with Christ! It is so important that you have this understanding; it is so important that you rest in and believe in this reality! Why? Because the resurrection and ascension, that is your resurrection and ascension with Christ, is the reason why you can enjoy newness of life! The death of Jesus and your inclusion in the death of Jesus is the reason why you can live without that dreaded sin nature, and our inclusion in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus is the reason why you can walk in newness, the reason you can walk in your inheritance! 2 Timothy 2:11 details this truth: ‘It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:’ (KJV) Because of Jesus’ death you are dead to sin and the curse, and through the resurrection and ascension you are given newness of life!
If not for the resurrection and ascension you wouldn’t have the divine life and power that accompanies freedom from sin, death, and the curse. But Jesus was raised and he did ascend and you were in him the whole time; indeed, you were raised and you ascended! Let this fill you with confidence! Because of this reality you have been born again in new life, filled with divine health and resurrection life, and are snug in the circle of the divine family of the Godhead! If you are facing a problem it is no match to the truth that is in you, turn your attention to the glorious reality of deities, that is the Deities, victorious finished work, and you will see that a) you were included in Deities finished work and are the beneficiary of deification! And, b) your problem is no match to the power of what the resurrection and ascension have afforded you!