Paul writes--awake thou that sleepest and Christ will give you life. Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life. Jesus equates sleeping with death. (Jairus’ daughter - Luke 8:52 - and Lazarus - John 11:11). Adam was put to sleep, yet operated as alive in the flesh. Resurrection is not the same word as life. 


The term resurrection life is used by some; but is not a term used in scripture. Isa.60:1-2 Arise, shine for thy light has come. The lord shall arise upon thee. (vs.3) nations shall come to thy light. (vs.5) then shall thou see. Isa. 5:20 Woe unto them that put darkness for light. It is obvious that light is true understanding.  Darkness is the minding of the flesh mind. Light is the minding of the spirit. 


Man never taught Christ anything. The son unveils the father. Matt.6:23 If the light in you be darkness, how great is that darkness. John 1:5 These verses tell us the word is God. Apart from this word nothing came into being. The word is life and the life is light, and appears to man in darkness. Jesus is said to be the word, light, life, truth and all is created through him. No one can ever be more than an image of God. There is one life, one God. Acts Chapter 17.  Paul told some pagans they lived and moved and had their being in God. Without consciousness of life everything is in darkness. 


Acts 4-2 the people are taught that through Jesus is the resurrection of the dead. It is not an event. Jesus is the last trump, the arch (highest) angel (messenger) At his voice the dead are awakened to life. John 5:25-27 This light also brings a realm of judgment. This is in operation since Christ's return in the spirit of the word. Christ is the resurrection, there is no other. It is not something as a man you can get or attain. No life comes in scripture, baptism, sacraments or in organizations. It is the word of God alone. (John 5:22) The father has given all judgment to the son. The father judges no man. This is a father and son thing. The world cannot escape, it is already judged and in the realm of death.


Rom.1:3  Concerning his son Jesus Christ our lord, which was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh. (vs.4) Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness (not letter) by the resurrection from the dead. This was declared to Jesus at the Jordan. Resurrection is spirit. Not to be seen by man. All that is physical are demonstrations and symbolic. Jesus was raised from the dead. Did this give him life? Apparently not! He had already declared he came to give life. He also said - I am the life and again - you must come to me to have life. He also said - I live by the father and I and the father are one. 


Separation is death. This is common to man. To Jesus it was very different. His rejection by man he could handle. When he cried--why hast thou forsaken me? He felt abandoned in a very new an intense realization of death in separation. It is through this life he experienced, we are raised with Christ. (1Cor. 15:42) The resurrection is sown in corruption and raised in incorruption - nothing future about this. Jesus said - I AM the resurrection and the incorruptible life. Jesus is the word planted in Eve and emerged in Mary. Jesus is a quickening spirit, raised a spiritual body. To as many as receive him, he gives authority to become sons. This him is not the flesh man Jesus. The flesh was merely a veil of his spirit life. It is his word that is spirit and life. What of the body? None of these truths are linked to man's body. We are raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body. (1 Cor.15:44) We are now nourished and grow in the spirit of the word. Eph. 5:14 


Awake you that sleep - arise from the dead - Christ will give you life. Was this future to Paul when he wrote these words? Rom. 6:13 Yield yourself to God as men who have been brought from death to life. If you hear the spirit, you will have the faith to live in this truth now, in this tabernacle of flesh. Col. 2:13 You being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he made alive together with him. The great sin is now unbelief. This is all the work of God revealed in his son. The plan has not changed since the beginning.



RESURRECTION and LIFE [Lloyd Ellefson] 8-31-05          1

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