Colossians 3:1-2, "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). The dead are raised incorruptible. This corruptible must put on incorruption. This mortal must put on immortality. Do we see this now as something present in faith amongst people who call themselves believers? I don't think so. If you are risen from the dead, seek things that are above. If this statement is so then you must believe you are awakened - you must realize you were dead and are born of the incorruptible seed, which is the word of God. This is the seed or spiritual reproduction. The Concordant contains seven or eight texts in which resurrection is always listed as "among the dead." This is true for Christ Jesus and us.


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. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life [both]. If you believe this, you will never die."  John 5:25, "The hour is now when the dead [walking] shall hear the voice [word] of the Son of God. They that hear shall live." In 1 Thessalonians 4, we read that the dead in Christ shall rise first. They become the word of truth and judgment to those who do not believe. This same word awakens men to condemnation or life. The saints judge each other and the world. We are not to linger in the justification of the cross and its death Much more than being joined in his death to sin, we are joined in life with him in God as father.


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.  This is the judgment; that light has come into the world. The light is saying death comes prior to resurrection, yet it is presented as life from the dead- One who has life then comes into spiritual realization that death is a realm in separation from God.


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.  Then, he went away and now they expect him to come back. They skip to the future and say that one day he will come out of the sky in the same manner he did and restore righteousness in the earth. However, Christ Jesus always was, and always is, now. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Now is the day of salvation.  Today, do not harden your hearts and become an unbeliever about the present status of the kingdom of God, the presence of Christ, the resurrection, the life that has come to us, and the testimony we have in the earth as the son of man.  We need to simply acknowledge the truth in the scripture, that is, that all men are dead in their sins and trespasses, and that the voice of Christ in the spirit will make you alive and give you a consciousness of life. Now. Those are the elementary things that we read about in Hebrews 6 that are to be put away. From there on, it will be a growth of understanding and relationship and a true witness.





























































AWAKE AND LIVE [Lloyd Ellefson] May 2004          2

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