You Have Resurrection Life
This article is an excerpt from the book that I am writing called, Rise and Shine, to be release in the Spring of 2012. Please let me know what you think of it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesus Is Life
And this is the record that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life and He that has not the Son of God has not life (1 John 5:11 -12).
When she heard that Jesus was in town, she went into the marketplace to find Him. Being pressed on all sides by the people, she walked slowly towards Him in a stealth mode so as to approach Him undetected. In her heart she knew that if she could just touch His clothes, she would be made whole. With His back turned; just at the right moment as the crowd pressed into Jesus, she reached out and touched the hem of His garment. Instantly she was healed.
And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and said, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30).
The woman trembling because of the healing she just received fell at His feet. Confessing what she had done, Jesus with great kindness affirmed that her faith had made her whole and to go in peace in the healing she just received. When she touched His garment she received the life that is in Christ that made her whole. All that Jesus touch and all that touch Him receives the life that is in Him that brings healing, restoration and new life for,
“In Him was life: and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
Christ – The Resurrection and the Life
Jesus was a man of passion as revealed by His great love for His heavenly Father and the world. His great love released rivers of life that flowed out of the fountains of His heart with an outpouring to touch the life of others. (It is not His power that we seek, but His love that touches others with His life in power.) All that Jesus did was from the Father’s heart that revealed His great love for His people. He felt compassion for the lost, wept for the condition of God’s people, and He loved His friends.
One such man that Jesus loved was Lazarus, the brother of Mary who anointed Christ with oil and wiped His feet with her hair. Lazarus died of an illness and was buried four days when Jesus heard the fatal news. As soon as Martha, the sister of Mary, heard that Jesus was coming, she ran out to meet him. Expressing her faith she declared,
“Even now, whatsoever you will ask of God, He will give it to you” (John 11:22).
Jesus proclaimed with assurance, “Lazarus will rise again.” Her immediate reply was based on the doctrine of the resurrection stating that Lazarus would rise again at the last day! This indicated that her faith was in the doctrine of the resurrection, not the person of Christ who is the resurrection. She knew Jesus as the miracle worker of God, but not the Lord who is the life of all creation whose name is I AM. Jesus said to her,
I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and believes in Me, shall never die (John 11:25-26).
The resurrection is not found in a doctrine but in the person of Jesus Christ. It is not our doctrines that we place our faith and trust in, but the person of Jesus. Instructing the people to take away the stone that sealed the cave where Lazarus laid, Jesus voice thundered the command “Lazarus come forth” and Lazarus rose up and came forth.
By the power of His spoken Word Jesus demonstrated that He is the resurrection and the life. He is both Lord of the dead and the living. Just as love is the divine nature of God, eternal life with resurrection power is the divine nature of Jesus.
Just as love is the divine nature of God, eternal life with resurrection power is the divine nature of Jesus. Jesus is the “I AM” of all living things.
Jesus Is the “I AM”
Jesus declared I AM the resurrection and the life. His name is not I Was, nor is it I Will Be, but His name is I AM. When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush as the “I AM,” He declared that He is all that we need in time of need. God referred to Himself as the “I Am” because the term “I Am” is all inclusive and all that we need. He is Omni present to provide for all of our needs according to His riches in Gory. He is not the God of our past or our future, but the God of the present moment.
When you asked Jesus to come into your heart as Lord and savior, you invited the “I AM” to come into your life. “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father” (Gal. 4:6) It was at this moment of your conversion that the Spirit of Christ – the “I AM” came into your heart.
The very God of unlimited love, power and authority lives in you! By the grace of God your sins are forgiven and your spirit is now alive with new life – resurrection life! All that He is, is available to you!
Christ not only came to redeem mankind, but to know the riches of the glory of the inheritance of His resurrection life, love and power in this life! God wants you to know “what the riches of the glory of His inheritance is in the saints” (Eph. 1:18).
God has sent the Spirit of Christ to dwell in our hearts. Because Christ is the “I AM,” we are empowered from the posture of His victory to live in newness of life – His resurrection life with power. All that He is; is our inheritance!
The Power to Bring Forth New Life
The eternal resurrection power and life of Christ dwells in you! It is from the victory of Christ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension that enables you to bring forth new life to those around you. To be like Christ is not to imitate Him, or try to act as He would, but to be as He is – a giver of love and life. Jesus said “The works that I do, shall you do also, and greater works shall you do because I go to My Father” (John 14:12).
Years ago my wife was holding our little poodle when suddenly it died! As a young pup it was accidently exposed to a major overdose of flea powder. Unbeknown to us, the pesticides got into his blood stream and in a few moments, the dog was dead! My wife handed the dog to me. Now limp and growing cold, I stared in disbelief at my beloved friend that rested in my hands.
Suddenly, to my surprise, the dog came back to life and was completely normal! Obviously, it was not my faith or even a prayer offered that brought the pup back to life! I contribute this miracle to the resurrection life of Christ who dwells in my heart by faith for it is “Christ in you the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). It was the resurrection power of Christ in me that flowed through my hands that brought the pup back to life. It takes no more power for God to cure a headache than it does for Him to raise the dead.
Another example is the growth of a flower that blossomed in the middle of winter. A widow that lived on a small pension would often invite me to her house for coffee and fellowship. One day she pointed out to me a flower that was in full bloom growing beneath her kitchen window. The ground was frozen and it was winter with snow covering the ground. Contrary to the conditions of nature, the seed of this flower germinated, grew and blossomed in harsh cold conditions, almost overnight!
I knew by the Spirit there was a message in this. God was declaring that no matter the situation or condition that surrounds us, His resurrection life and power is greater than the natural. Despite how spiritually cold the region around us may be, or the spiritual condition of our families and friends or the boss at work, the resurrection power of the Lord can bring forth new life. The same God that in the beginning brought forth new life to a world that was void and in darkness can bring forth new life by the light of His glory in any dark situation. The Lord says,
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Is. 43:20).
Christ in You, the Hope of Glory
The divine aspect of Christ is all that He touches lives. The same person that raised Lazarus from the dead lives in you, for it is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:17). The reason why pieces of Apostle Paul’s clothing had the power to heal the sick and deliver those that were vexed with unclean spirits is was because of the resurrection life that permeated Paul’s garments.
The prophet Elisha was so filled with the life of God, that even in death His dead bones contained the power to revive the dead. Such is the case of the man who died that was cast into the sepulcher of Elisha “and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet” (2 Kings 13:21).
Consider Elisha, who, under the Old Testament Covenant, walked in the resurrection life of Christ. And Moses, whom the children of Israel could not behold his face because of the glory of His countenance. Should we not then, who live by the Spirit of grace, rise and shine with an even greater glory that is ours in Christ? (2 See Cor. 3:7 -11)
On the mount of transfiguration while speaking with Moses and Elijah, the spirit of Jesus was so brilliant that His countenance radiated like the sun with God’s glory. His spirit was so connected with His Heavenly Father that His garments were bathed in a white glorious light. The Father’s heart is for our spirit to radiate with the resurrection life of His glory. Did not Paul say that as we behold the Lord we are “Changed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).
The prophet Isaiah saw a time when darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people. But in the midst of this the light of God will shine even brighter. The light upon God’s people will be so bright that it will even become visible upon them “But the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you” (Is. 60:3).
Adam and Eve brought life to the world as they walked under an open heaven clothed in the light of God. God is returning us back to Eden to be bathed in the light of His glorious presence to release the power of His resurrection life to those that need to be awakened to live in the newness of life that is found in Christ.
It is Finished
It is finished! Christ won the victory at Calvary and He has risen! The resurrection life and power of Christ is realized when that which takes place in heaven happens here on earth. By faith, we can actualize this superior reality to bring the life of Christ and His Kingdom into focus. All of the Father’s resources and benefits is ours “who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).
We don’t have to wait to be anointed to minister. Often it isn’t until we move out in our Biblical authority as “it is written” that the anointing will come! It is God’s heart to see Christ glorified by the works that He did on earth minister through you! To proclaim as Christ did who said to His disciples, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake Him out of sleep (John 11:11).
Jesus is now calling His people to “Come Forth” to rise and walk in the power of His resurrection. Within you lies the resurrection power of Christ, not only to raise the dead, but the power to bring life to those that are spiritually dry to live in the newness of life that is found in Christ.
For those who walk in the resurrection life of Christ, they will learn how to steward the anointing to awaken the slumbering spirits of others that they too may rise from the dead and shine with the light of Christ
Wherefore He said, Awake you that sleep and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light (Eph. 5:14).
Your authority to minister is the ordained command of Jesus to go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit to awaken those that are spiritually dead to bring forth new life. It is the call of every believer to release the spirit of others to live in the resurrection life of Christ and equip them to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit,
“Who has made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6).
Jesus is the Truth, The Way and The Life. The Way is not a principle, formula, program or activity, but found in a Person – the Lord Jesus Christ. To walk in Truth is to follow Jesus “as the truth is in Jesus” (Eph. 4:21). Our more abundant spiritual life is found in Christ who is The Life. The Lord is alive! It is His desires for you to know the greatness of His power that works in you and through you. To know the more abundant life that enables you to,
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received freely give (Mt. 10:7).
In Summary, Jesus is the I AM – the resurrection and the life. God’s passion is to fill you with His love and resurrection life that you may have the more abundant life. Living in the resurrection life of Christ is to be filled with the divine nature, love and life. It is the heart of the Father that we know Him as He is – the “I AM” that testifies of the Lordship of Christ, the Son of God in whom the Father is glorified. He is glorified when the light, ministry and power of Christ is revealed through the ordinary members of the Church who live in the resurrection life and power of Christ.
In our Fathers heart and mine,