Romans 6

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.Would it be possible that by consenting now to follow Jesus Christ, we graft ourselves in his own body 2000 years ago, to take part in his resurrection, pain and suffering to death?

God has the power to re-write history.  

Even though we are not Jews and even though we were not Jesus descendants, we can become the very parts of his own body that suffered death and that was resurrected. So, in that respect, we died with him because we were in him and we have already paid for our sins through his body.    By choosing him now, we can change history. We can be grafted in Jesus’ body and be part of his flesh that was bruised.

This is how we became dead to the Law and alive to Grace. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5   Was the resurrection itself outside of time?    Although Jesus birth and death seem ordinary to the passerby, an intimate knowledge of this truth sees Jesus as being inside and outside of time. Jesus humble birth was miraculous for He was conceived by the Holy Spirit; the creator of all. Was his creation confined in the act of conception? In John 1:1 the King James Version reads: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The answer is no. Christ was there from the beginning and his encounter with the material world was like one single brushstroke.  He came in a flash, disguised in a very humble birth, in the body of a helpless baby. Jesus was supposed to be the son of a carpenter, someone who is average, usually not very well educated, and perhaps laden with the concerns of the world. In reality, Christ lived through the human body in short intervals of time, while He lived in the Spirit for the rest of the time, the dwelling of the Eternal. Likewise, the death of Jesus did not stand out to be special. The rulers followed a usual procedure in prosecuting him and He was then placed between two criminals. There was nothing glorious to be detected by the passerby. However, in reality, the act of resurrection was taking place not only in the date noted by the Roman officials but also outside of time, opening itself to the salvation of the World from the beginning to the end.  Because this marriage union between the body of Jesus and the Spirit of Christ meant total oneness, the temporary physical body of Jesus also had an eternal component; He was the temple realm not only of the Spirit but also of the souls of all true believers, from the beginning of creation to the end. This expansion happened at the cross when Jesus body was tortured and crucified. Jesus death and resurrection meant the death and resurrection of our souls that partook  in the act of crucifixion.   

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