Raised with Christ

Christ died for us and we died with him. We died to the old order in Adam under sin and death. Christ rose from death as the new man in new creation and we have been raised with the new man as the new humanity. Now we are continually with Christ enjoying new life – resurrection life. Of course, we look forward to the future resurrection of our bodies to live on the new earth for ever.  Nevertheless, we are already raised with Christ.  We already live in the sphere of resurrection and resurrection life is within us. We are resurrection people. 

As those who have been raised with Christ we seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. For as Paul says in Colossians we have died (to the old order in Adam) and our lives are now hidden with Christ in God. Or as Paul says in Ephesians God has raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We are now seated with Jesus in heavenly places and so we set our minds on things above.

As you set your mind on things above what do you see? You see Jesus seated at the right hand of God.  He rules over all powers.  And since Jesus is in a position of authority at God’s right hand, there is nothing to prevent us from having permanent access to this heavenly world into God’s Presence. United with Jesus we are above with him by the Spirit and he is with us below by the Spirit.

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