Resurrection Impact

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on April 14, 2013
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Notes:

Ephesians 1:19-2:7; 1 Peter 3:21-22
Christ’s resurrection is inextricably linked to his ascension. God has exalted Christ to the highest position of authority in the universe, far above every other authority and power structure. This cosmic reordering enables Christ to be head of the church—his body. This means that we no longer need to dance to the beat of this world as slaves to our own fleshly lusts. A new option is now available: grace, salvation, hope.

Colossians 1:12-20; 2:9-10, 15
Christ’s exaltation is so big the only word that can adequately describe it is “creation”—a new creation. In Christ, through Christ, for Christ…all things were created. New creation is all about Christ who is the co-creator of this new realm of authority. He is at the top, the firstborn, the one who is before everything, the one who holds it all together. If we continue in the faith, we remain in the domain of the beloved Son; otherwise, we sink back into the kingdom of darkness.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

The question is: will you put yourself under Christ’s authority? If so, then you can overcome!



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