Resurrection From the Dead, Part 12

 

September 14, 2018

 

Let’s retrace some of what we ended with last week and continue on.  We ended last week with the following statements.  The Father and Son merge with one another.  You see one — you see the other.  The Holy Spirit is the energizing power — the same power that upholds everything in the universe — of God the Father and God the Son.

 

Jesus makes clear that the Father gave Him power over all flesh so that He could give eternal life to as many as received Him.  Next, He says that the Glory revealed in Him before the foundations of the earth is the same Glory He would now have.  We skip forward in Jesus’ prayer to see that we are a people set apart because of Him.

 

John 17:17-19:  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

 

This word “sanctify” comes from the Greek hagiazo, which means: to purify, to consecrate, to make holy, to set apart unto the Lord as blameless.  This is where we get the radiant picture of light emanating from the Lord — and from those whom He has set apart.

 

John 17:20-23:   Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 

Jesus has given us His Glory.  How?  Do you see the specific wording in this part of His prayer to the Father?

 

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:”

 

There it is!  The Father is in Jesus and He is in the Father.  Again, I remind you of the picture Jesse saw of them going back and forth into one another.  There are no limitations — no laws of physics — in the realm of the Spirit.

 

Jesus and the Father are One!  But Jesus’ prayer was that we would be One with the Father and with Jesus, and that they would be One with us.  Do you think His prayer gets answered?

 

Absolutely!

 

This, folks, is exactly how our prayers are answered.  We come boldly before the Throne of Grace — first,  because both the Father and the Son dwell in us; and secondly, because we are coming in the onoma of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We have that onoma because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us, and to be in us.

 

When we pray in the Spirit, we are praying according to the will of the Father and the Son.  We can’t be “in the Spirit” and pray out of God’s will.  The Holy Spirit simply will not permit anything to flow through our lips that is contrary to the expressed desire and will of the Father.

 

Therefore, we can know with full assurance and full faith that what we pray for we receive: no question, no doubt, no unbelief.

 

This is the revelation of Christ in us.  It is the revelation of His onoma fully functional and operational in us.

 

It is the revelation of Jesus, the Anointed One, and His anointing upon us, working through us, and manifesting the Glory of both the Father and the Son to the world around us!

 

It is the revelation of the Resurrection Life that Jesus has endued us with and made available for us to walk in NOW — not just when we all get to Heaven.

Paul put things in proper perspective when he wrote the following to the Ekklesia in Corinth.

 

II Corinthians 5:17-19:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 

The picture that Paul draws is that not only was Jesus in the Father, but that the Father came to earth IN JESUS!

 

Have a look at another scripture.

 

Colossians 1:19-22:  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.

 

This passage is a revelation all by itself.  Go back to the Cross and take a look at Jesus hanging there.  It isn’t just Jesus: it is you hanging there; it is me; it is all of us hanging there on the Cross.

 

Look at what Paul says once again.  “For it pleased the Father that in Him (Jesus) should all fullness dwell.”

 

What “fullness”?  ALL — A L L fullness!  That’s us, folks!  Think about this for a minute.

 

1. Jesus was/is the Word (John 1:1-3).

 

2. Jesus was/is the Life (John 1:4, 14:6).

 

 

3. Jesus was/is The Light (John 1:4, 14:6)

 

4. Jesus is The Way (John 14:6) and there is no other way!

 

5. Jesus is The Truth (John 14:6) "the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

 

6. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah (Maschiach), the Anointed One (Mark 8:29, 14:61-62, I John 2:22, 5:1)

 

7. Jesus is the Resurrection (John 11:25)

 

8. Jesus is The Name Above Every Name (Philippians 2:9)

 

9. He is the I AM (Revelation 1:8)

 

10. Jesus is LORD (Philippians 2:11, Acts 10:36, Revelation 17:14) and He is LORD of Lords!

 

11. Jesus is Peace (Ephesians 2:14)

 

12. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega -- the Beginning and the End (Revelation 1:8, 11)

 

We've really only scratched the surface with these descriptions, titles and appellations.

 

Paul properly expressed it when he wrote (and this is the Amplified Version),

“For it has pleased {the Father] that all the divine fullness — the sum total of the divine perfection, powers and attributes — should dwell in Him permanently.”

 

And this is where Paul takes it the next step to show what happened when Jesus took us into Himself.

 

Colossians 1:21-22 (Amplified Version):  And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities, Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the  Father’s] presence.

 

Are you seeing it now?

 

When Jesus hung on the Cross He took us into Him.  He put us in Him as He hung on the Cross so that we [that is to say, our sinful nature and flesh] — in and through Him — would die.

 

But Jesus didn’t leave things there.  We didn’t just die in and through and with Him: we experienced resurrection with Him, in Him, and through Him.  When Jesus rose from the dead, we rose too because we were in Him!  Remember how Paul said that all the divine fullness existed in Christ — how everything is made complete in Him?

 

We, too — because we are in Him — are complete.  Here’s how Paul continues in his letter to the Ekklesia in Colosse:

 

Colossians 2:9-13 (Amplified Version):  For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form — giving complete expression of the divine nature.  And you are in Him, made full and have come to fullness of life — in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and reach full spiritual stature.  And He is the Head of all rule and authority — of every angelic principality and power.

 

In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh [the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts],

 

[Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.

 

And you, who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh — your sensuality, your sinful, carnal nature — [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having (freely) forgiven us of all sins.  (See also KJV)

 

When Jesus rose from the dead, therefore, because we were (and are) in Him, we also rose from the dead.  We were set free from the curse of death and the consequences that made death a permanence in our DNA after Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

 

Are you beginning to see the connection between the Table of the Lord and Water Baptism?  Are you understanding now why these are the only two commands that Jesus gave?  Do you see also the connection to our ability to walk in Resurrection Life?

 

You’ll recall that Jesus said (see John 6:51, 56), “I [Myself] am this Living Bread which came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body). (Amp.)

 

“He that eats and feeds on my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells continually in me, and I [in like manner dwell continually] in him.”

 

As Jesus prepared to ascend back into Heaven, he said, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  (Matthew 28:19)

 

Mark recorded it like this:

 

Mark 16:15-16:  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 

Now, go back to Colossians 2:12:

 

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

 

Here’s how Paul put it to the Romans.

 

Romans 6:3-5:  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 

Water Baptism parallels the Table of the Lord.  We eat of the Lord at His Table, and in so doing become part of His body.  We drink of His Cup and in so doing drink of His life.

 

Again, we have to take a break.  We will continue with our parallel between the Table of the Lord and water baptism next week.

 

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Blessings on you!

 

 

           

Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Temple, Texas 76504

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