Can we be resurrected from the dead today, right now?

The bad news is, that “death came to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)

But the good news is, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ,” (Colossians 2:13).

The bad news is, “For you died.”

But the good news is, “your life is hidden with Christ in God,” Colossians 3:3.

The bad news is, “we were dead in transgressions.”

But the good news is, “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:5-6).

The good news is, we have a Great Resurrector, who lifted all humanity out of its dead state of “gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts,” Ephesians 2:3, and united us with Christ so that “our old self was crucified with him,” Romans 6:6. But it didn’t end there, because “If we have been united with him in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection,” Romans 6:5, so “count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus,” verse 11.

So that’s where we are right now: Thanks to the Great Resurrector raising Jesus from the dead “we too may live a new life,” verse 4. But what kind of “new life” is it?

It’s a new life of constant resurrection from the dead, for “he who raised Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you,” Romans 8:11. And what the Spirit enables us to do every day is “put off your old self, which is being corrupted by evil desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness,” Ephesians 4:22-24.

Our minds are being lifted – or resurrected – from “the futility of their thinking” (verse 17) to living “as children of light,” Ephesians 5:8, the clear fruit of which is “all goodness, righteousness and truth,” verse 9.

And that, to Paul, is like being raised from the dead every day. So “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you,” he cries in verse 14, because imagine the impact our new life of the Spirit can have on a dying marriage, on an addiction that’s killing us, on moods we cannot shake, or on anything “beyond our ability to endure,” that makes us “despair even of life,” 2 Corinthians 1:8. In all those things we can rely on God “who raises the dead,” verse 9.

But that’s the Christian life for you; it’s a life of constant resurrection from the dead.


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