BECAUSE HE LIVES
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live. Ye shall live also.” (John 14:19)
May the Spirit of God indeed quicken us to see the scope of His victory. To know that in Him there are unlimited possibilities, and His triumph knows no restrictions whatsoever. The smaller our revelation, the smaller the arena for His victory to be manifested to us, until we come into a larger revelation.
He is the surety of our redemption, and all that the Firstborn receives is to be shared also by His many brethren. For “of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.” (John 1:16) The seal of this fulfillment, however, is not just His death, though we read in Hebrews 9:17 how it takes the death of the testator to put strength into the covenant, for a will is not in force until the maker thereof has died. But the power to carry out that covenant is THE POWER OF RESURRECTION. It took His death to place that covenant in position to be fulfilled, but it takes the power of His resurrection to carry out that covenant. Christ not only sealed the covenant with His own blood, but in rising from the dead He is the LIVING GUARANTEE of
its fruition. “Because I live, ye shall live also.” This is the assurance of our victory!
The resurrection of Christ is the very keystone of our redemption, and the whole arch of this purpose of the ages would fail were it not for that keystone. If there be no resurrection from the dead we would be of all men most miserable. But He does live – and therefore we shall live also.
Resurrection – from the Greek word “anastasis” meaning: a standing or rising up. It is much more than our Latin derived word “resurrection” which we term to mean the restoring to life again. It means the whole process of advancing and rising up until the highest heavens are reached, and our goal is nothing short than our return back into God from whence we came. To find “I will do better unto you than at your beginnings.” (Ezekiel 36:11).