-Chidiebere Dennis Owah
LIVING THE RESURRECTED LIFE:
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.(Romans 6:3-6).
Matter-of-fact, the Christian Life is not the mechanical practice of mere religion but the automatic living of a New Life for the resurrected Christ after one has, unreservedly, surrendered his or her life to Christ.
Come to think of this scenario, a man had passed out as a result of a particular lifestyle he was living, and after much frantic medical, scientific or even miraculous efforts, he is, against all odds, resuscitated back to life, do you think he will be so indiscreet, I mean under normal circumstances, as to go back to his old lifestyle that led to his almost going the way of all flesh? I don’t think any man who is, mentally and psychologically, sound will do that.
That is exactly what it should be with any man or woman who has identified with the risen Christ. He begins, automatically to live an evidently new life. And that life will be characterized by the following: Holiness, Humility and Heaven-mindedness. Let us look at these characteristics one after the other.
1. LIVING A LIFE OF HOLINESS AFTER OUR RESURRECTION WITH CHRIST: Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:( Rom.1:3, 4).
Holiness, which simply mean the act of being holy or maintaining sanctity, is the very hallmark or trademark of the resurrected life. In fact, it was the spirit of holiness that made it impossible for death to hold Jesus back. And, any man or woman that lays claim to a relationship with the resurrected Christ must as a matter of obligation pursue and possess this spirit of holiness that gives one awesome power in life.Such a person much have genuine and growing interest in the doctrine and teaching on holiness.An aversion for holiness teaching is a strong indication of an unresurrected,decomposing and putrifying Christian life.
2. LIVING A LIFE OF HUMILITY AFTER OUR RESURRECTION WITH CHRIST: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Phil.2:5-8).
It was the highest order of humility that made Christ go and die at the cross for us. Think about the effulgent and exceeding glory He left in order to come and die for our sins. That is humility and selflessness in action. And, if we say we have identified with Him after rising from death, we must imbibe this virtue of humility which played a prominent role in the decision of the Lord towards our redemption. True children of God who have resurrected with Christ are humble people. They are not haughty, neither are they, negatively, high-minded.They are characteristically self-effacing,unassuming and unostentatious.
3. LIVING A LIFE OF HEAVEN-MINDEDNESS AFTER OUR RESURRECTION WITH CHRIST: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Colo.3:1-3).
Where is Christ after His resurrection? In Jerusalem? Is He at Jericho? Or has He gone to Jordan? No Sir. He is in heaven, at the right hand of God waiting until all His enemies are made His footstool.
Now, if Christ is heaven why are so many people that claim to have resurrected with Him so earthly-minded. So bogged down by mundane materialism that will be consumed by the conflagration of God’s indignation upon the earth.
For your information, dear, all the civilizations of ages, all these beautiful technologies and architectures we see are all reserved for fire coming from heaven. They shall be burnt into ashes. Not even a pin will be left.
That is why you have to be wise and think about heaven as a Christian. Take a decision to live a life of Holiness, Humility and Heaven-mindedness. Then, for you that is reading this as a sinner, well you better repent straight off because the judgment of God is imminently going to be revealed against all sinners and unrighteous fellows who remain adamant and shiftless in their sins.
But, may you not be among them in Jesus name.Amen.
-Bro Chidiebere Dennis Owah