Happy Easter, everybody. Today, I’d like to take a moment with you to have a look at some practical implications of the resurrection of Jesus. Hopefully, you’ve already read Samuel’s article, ‘If Christ Had Not Been Raised To Life’.
Today, we’ll be looking ever so quickly (get to Church) at Ephesians 1: 3-14.
So often we get caught up in looking to the future, where we will see Christ in Glory. However, God has told us through His word that we actually already have every Spiritual blessing in Christ.
1: We are positionally Holy and Blameless before God the Father. Because of the great exchange, Christ’s substitutionary atonement, we can come before the Father. Whilst He knows our sin and our very hearts, and can therefore provide for us as we need, He also allows us, in His abundant grace, to come before Him as though we were perfectly righteous, through Jesus Christ our mediator.
2: He has adopted us. We are now no longer a people in enmity with God, but His very beloved children, legally adopted, grafted into true Israel, which is the Church of God. Because of this, we have an intimacy with God which adherents of other faiths can only dream of.
3: We are redeemed and forgiven. No longer slaves of sin, we can deny the call of sin in our lives. (Titus 2:11-12) The sin-debt we owe to God is paid by God Himself; He has bought us and brought us into His household, where there are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
4: We are reconciled. We are United in Christ. As we are reconciled to God, so too are we reconciled to one another. Thus, we now not only have a perfect Father, and a Holy Brother, but many brothers and sisters with whom we will spend eternity.
5: We have obtained the inheritance of a share in His eternal Kingdom. No matter what happens in this world, we have been brought into a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. God, as a down payment of this inheritance, has given us His Holy Spirit to live within us and help us; we are truly never alone.
This resurrection Sunday, give thanks to God; you who were dead in sin are now raised with Christ to new life, perfectly righteous before God that Father, with the promise of a new Kingdom and God’s Spirit as a downpayment. These are not future hopes, but the present reality. Go out, be the Church, and walk in newness of life to the praise of God’s glorious grace.
He is risen.
He is risen indeed.