AWAKE AND LIVE
"If then we are raised with Christ, seek those things which are above."
This does not mean being raised to heaven in the last day. We are still here seeking things that are above. Resurrection is an awakening from the sleep of death. Paul writes,
"Awake thou that sleep and arise from the dead and Christ will give you life." This was for the present time as Paul ministered. Acts 4 tells us that resurrection is announced in Christ Jesus, in Romans 1, Jesus was the made the seed of David, according to the flesh. He was declared to be the Son of God by the Spirit by the resurrection from the dead - This is how resurrection was declared - This was declared after John had baptized Jesus at the Jordan River, and also at the occasion of the Mount of Transfiguration, where God spoke from heaven and said, "This is my beloved Son."
Jesus was firstborn of the dead - His body was placed as a dead man in a grave. His body appeared again as one alive in the flesh - This was the physical demonstration to man. The reality of the resurrection and life is not seen because it is spiritual and invisible. The body of Jesus was to man a veil of a spiritual truth. Jesus was the firstborn from the dead as a man, identifying with Adam in which all are dead -
Jesus said, "Let the dead bury their dead." He also said, "I came to give you life." The message of Christ is not forgivingness and going to heaven. It is the word of God that will awaken man from the sleep of death in Adam to life in Christ Jesus. After the vision on the Mount, Jesus said, "Tell no one of the vision until the son of man is raised from among the dead." The reason? No one can have a true witness until the spirit of truth is received.
I Corinthians 15,
Paul writes, "Why do you baptize for the sake of the dead if they are not raised [roused and awakened]?' The reason for burial and baptism isn't an acknowledgment of being dead but having faith in resurrection. If there is no resurrection, then baptism is nothing.
Resurrection is a word of promise sown in corruption (which is the flesh).
In Hebrews 6:1-2, the writer lists resurrection as one of the elementary teachings we are to go from onto maturity. Most people teach that these truths are the consummation and they don't teach that they are elementary. These are thieves and robbers who come prior to the truth.
God is not a God of the dead, but of the living. The word of testimony must be salted with fire. It is not to be all judgment or all peace. Do not say peace when there is no peace. Born of these extremes are being taught. Fire is judgment, and every word is to be with judgment as well as with life. Death must be acknowledged in truth, or resurrection has no purpose.
Presently, most of the people who call themselves Christians, glorify the man Jesus as he walked in Israel and all of the miracles he performed.