Feb 10

Raised With Christ

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Colossians 3:1 (NKJV) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

God has specific plans for those who have been raised with Christ.

  • The resurrection of Christ has changed many things.
  • When He had by Himself purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
  • At the Father’s right hand Jesus Christ is in a position of power and authority.
  • The Lord Jesus has been given a name that is above every name.
    • At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)
  • His position in the heavenly places is far above all principality, power, might, dominion, and every name that is named. (Ephesians 1:20-22)
    • In this exalted position in glory, the Father has put all things under Jesus’ feet.
  • The Lord’s position and victory is for the church.

Ephesians 1:22–23 (NKJV) And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Christ’s resurrection and ascension to the Father’s right hand has an immediate and significant impact on us.

  • What Christ has achieved has brought us along with Him into His victory, power, and blessing.
  • Your Christian life is no longer governed by this world or the powers and principalities of this world.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ’s victory, power and life has brought us into peace with God and access to this grace in which we stand. (Romans 5:1-2)

Colossians 3:4 (NKJV) When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

The key to understanding this is in the word “appear.”

  • The original word for “appear” is phaneroo (fan-er-ah-oh) which means: to make known what is hidden, to reveal, uncover, make visible, realized, to show one’s self.
    • The appearance of Christ refers to something that He and the Holy Spirit must do.

There are two specific ways in which Christ shall appear.

  1. Christ shall appear as the Holy Spirit reveals Him.
  2. Christ shall appear when He steps out of the unseen onto the glory clouds and calls the church to their eternal home.

There are special benefits to both of these.

Look at both of these individually.

First, Christ shall appear as the Holy Spirit reveals Him.

  • This revelation of Christ is necessary to bring about our necessary transformation into the image of Christ.
    • By the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are brought into a greater and greater revelation of Christ.
  • The extent of this change depends on the clarity and depth of His appearing.

That is why we pray, “that I may gain Christ and be found in Him… that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Philippians 3:8-10)

  • This is the process of the Holy Spirit’s work to conform us into the image of Christ. (Romans 8:29)
  • The depth of our “knowing Christ” brings us into the fullness of “His appearing.”
    • Gaining Christ reveals the depth of victory He has gained.
    • Through His sufferings, we gain the benefit of His healing, cleansing, redemption, atonement.
    • Through His death, we gain power over sin, power over Satan, power over the forces of darkness.
    • Through the power of His resurrection, we gain continued victory over every dark power that assaults and attacks.
    • Through the power of His resurrection, we gain access into the position wherein He stands.

These tremendous present gains produce in us the continued life of victory and power in Christ.

  • The life of overcoming victory and power is impossible without a revelation and appearing of Christ in our lives.

Ephesians 3:8-21 talks about the unsearchable riches of Christ that God wants to make known to the church.

    • These boundless, incalculable and exhaustless riches of Christ are prepared for us in Christ.

Ephesians 3:19 (AMP) [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

What exactly is the appearing of Christ in our lives?

  • In Acts 9, the Apostle Paul was confronted with an appearance of Christ that dramatically changed the course of His life.
    • He was an enemy of the gospel and Christ.
    • When Christ appeared, Paul became a new man.
  • When the Lord Jesus Christ confronted him, he asked “what do You want me to do?” (Acts 9:6)
  • The appearance of Christ took Paul out of his old destructive life patterns into a new life and future.
  • In Acts 22:17-18, Paul was in the Temple in Jerusalem praying, and fell into a trance and he saw the Lord.
    • The Lord told him to get out of town quickly for they will not receive your testimony about Me.
    • In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul spoke of his visions and revelations of the Lord Jesus Christ.
      • The experience was so great that he did not know if he was in his body or out of his body.
      • He said he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, that are beyond the power of man to put into words, which a man is not permitted to utter.
      • There in the third heaven, in the presence of God, he had unspeakable revelations.

John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day. (Revelation 1)

      • While in the Spirit, Jesus appeared.
      • The wonder of that revelation demonstrated the resurrected Christ’s victory, power and glory.
      • John was so overwhelmed that he fell at Christ’s feet as dead.

The appearance of Christ happens in countless and varied ways, phases or stages.

      • Christ may appear to you when the Holy Spirit opens the Word and shows you unsearchable riches of Christ.
      • Christ may appear to you when you fast and pray and draw nearer to God.
      • Christ appears when your life is transformed when you believe.
      • The Holy Spirit is constantly revealing Christ and everything that He said.

Colossians 3:1-3 (NKJV) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

What is he saying?

  • Your life will be far better if it is lived by the power of Christ.
  • We are still on earth, but we are being developed in heavenly  ways.
  • The power and victory of the resurrected, ascended and glorified Christ is what destroys the powers of darkness.
  • This brings to our focus the words: “your kingdom come” and “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
    • This becomes more than a prayer.
    • It becomes the reality of our life in Christ.

Colossians 3:4 (NKJV) When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Second, Christ shall appear when He steps out of the unseen onto the glory clouds and calls the church to their eternal home.

1 John 3:2 (NKJV) Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NKJV) For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

Why should we be looking for Christ’s appearing?

  • When He appears, we shall be changed.
  • That will be your greatest change.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:19 tells us “if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
    • Wait a minute.
    • What about all of the blessings we have received in Christ?
    • What about all of the answered prayers?
    • What about the covering of the blood of Christ?
    • What about the encouragement and refreshing?
    • I don’t want to diminish any of the blessings we have received in Christ Jesus.
    • He has lifted us from the terrible pit of despair.
    • He has healed our bodies.
    • He has filled us with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:19 is showing us that compared to the glory that is going to be revealed in us, these things are small.
    • The glory that has been prepared for you exceeds anything that you can imagine or comprehend.
    • We can find nothing to compare with what God has prepared.
  • That is why we should be looking for His appearance.

Titus 2:11–13 (NKJV) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • You need to see Jesus.
  • Anyone who really sees Jesus is going to be changed.

Do you need a change?

Job was in deep anguish.

  • Being in deep despair, he prayed: “All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.” (Job 14:13)

You have hope today in Christ Jesus.

  • He will lift you up.
  • He will heal your body and soul.
  • He will give you new life.
  • He will…

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