Resurrection Power

1 Cor. 6:14

And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

As we come here today to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, let us consider how that one great fact in history has changed our lives.

It is kind of interesting and I had not really considered it until this week. That the disciples never referred to the empty tomb. When ever they spoke of the resurrection they did not say just go look at the tomb and you will find it empty. You see for them it was not the empty tomb that gave them faith. It was their own personal encounter with the resurrected Christ.

The resurrection was the greatest evidence for Jesus as the Messiah. And for those first disciples it was truly life changing.

They understood the power in the resurrection. That it would take the power of God to accomplish the resurrection of Jesus. God's Spirit, the Holy Spirit brought Jesus' cold bloodless body back to life.

In a day in age when you can see almost anything on the television we have lost the awe. But for those who deal frequently in death, we understand the permanence of death.

The apostle Paul tells us in this verse that it is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead that will also raise us from the dead.

Listen to what Paul says in Phil 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. NKJV

Once again Paul says in Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Also in 2 Corinthians 4:14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.

And then in Ephesians 1: 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

I would make just a few comments this morning on Resurrection Power.

  1. It took the power of God to raise Jesus from the dead.
    1. Man with all his technology cannot produce life.
    2. With all of what we call medical miracles we cannot hold on to life indefinitely.
  2. That same power will also quicken these mortal bodies.
    1. That is why our resurrection is as sure as that of Jesus.
  3. It was resurrection power that changed those first century Christians.
    1. The story of the atheist dentist.
    2. God does not save everyone and the world is a dreadful place because of wicked men.
    3. But it is God's power that has changed millions of lives.
    4. Who has brought them from darkness to light.
  4. It is that same power that enables us to live as we do today.
    1. The passage in which our text is found has to do with the way the Corinthians were living.
      1. Their idea was that sin was no big deal.
      2. So you often gave in to the basest of desires, it was no big deal.
        1. Isn't that the idea behind our sex education in our schools.
        2. We can't expect these teenagers to not have sex so lets give them birth control.
        3. That philosophy has permeated our society.
        4. Look at our tv shows.
        5. Look at the sin in the Christian church.
      3. But in this passage Paul lays down point after point as to why the believer should live a holy life, separated from the influence of the world.
    2. Those arguments that Paul lays down for us here about how we ought to live have much weight.
      1. In The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee illustrated this principle when he told of a fictitious person who had asked a friend to hold his clothes while he went swimming in the river. The clothes-guardian found a wad of money in the pocket of the pants and began handing it out to passersby. The swimmer-owner saw what was happening and began yelling at him to stop. The guardian said he found the money and could do what he wanted with it. The true owner protested that he only intended to let the guardian hold the valuables and had never intended to relinquish ownership. The money still belonged to him!
      2. Similarly, God intends to retain ownership of our lives, which He bought with the blood of His Son on the Cross. We belong to Him and have no right to do as we wish with our lives or our bodies (vv. 19, 20). Hayford, Jack W.; and Curtis, Gary, Pathways to Pure Power, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 1998, c1994.
    3. Col. 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
    4. It then is by the power of God.
      1. The power working in believers: -- The power that is working in them is not a weaker power, nor another power, but the same power, as that which wrought in the crucified and entombed body of our Lord. Paul sends us to that chamber in the rock, for our chief lesson. There lies the mangled and bloodless body. A lance has been thrust through His heart: not a drop of blood remains therein. Watch, and you shall see God's own illustration of His power and working in all believers. By nature, we are as sepulchres in which our immortal nature lies in death. Only God can raise us from the dead. Year by year He raises nature from the dead, but He hides His great power under a veil of surprising gentleness. The effects are seen, but we see not the power working. Even so Jesus rose from the dead. There was neither stir nor voice in that tomb. God filled that lifeless form, as the spring warmth fills the trees, swells their buds, and opens them into leaf. Jesus rose as quietly as a flower lifts its head to the dawn. Calmly, and as free from excitement, as one awaking from sleep, He left the sepulchre. The linen that was about His body bore witness to His calm self-possession. A leisurely hand had folded it up. Such is the Godlike way in which death is destroyed by a power greater than death, and the light of immortality kindled in man. Man is saved. The power that moves in the tree, moves in the branches too. "I am the vine, you are the branches." His new life warmth is in us. Christ liveth in us. The diffusion of His ascension through our souls is as much a fact as the diffusion of solar rays through the earth. The change which has been wrought in Christ shall be wrought in His members also. (John Pulsford.) (from The Biblical Illustrator Copyright (c) 2002 AGES and Biblesoft, Inc.)

Resurrection power is what makes Christians, live like Christians. Do you know that power today.

Phil 3:10-11 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection , and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. NKJV

 

How do I know that Christ has risen?

What proof have I to give?

He touched my life one blessed day,

And I began to live.

How do I know he left the tomb

That morning long ago?

I met Him just this morning,

And my heart is still aglow.

How do I know that endless life

He gained for me that day?

His life within is proof enough

Of immortality.

How do I know that Christ still lives,

Rich blessings to impart?

He walks with me along the way

And lives within my heart.

 

1 Corinthians 6:14

And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

The destiny of the body being what is stated in the preceding verse, it is not to perish, but is to share in the resurrection of Christ. "He who raised Christ from the dead shall also quicken our mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in us," Romans 8:11. This verse is parallel to the second clause of v. 13. Of the stomach and meats, it is said, God will destroy both it and them; of the Lord and the body it is said, As he raised up the one, he will also raise up the other. The cases, therefore, are widely different. The relation between our organs of digestion and food is temporary; the relation between Christ and the body is permanent. What concerns the former relation is a matter of indifference; what concerns the other touches the groundwork of our nature and the design for which we were created. On this destiny of the body compare 1 Corinthians 15:15, 20, 35-56; Philippians 3:21; Romans 8:11; 2 Corinthians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Charles Hodge

The phrase "through the power of God" is probably to be taken with both parts of the sentence: the power of God that was used to raise the Lord is the same that will be used to raise his people. Expositor's Bible Commentary

1 Corinthians 6:14 Will raise up us; The body being destined to share with the body of Christ in resurrection, and to be raised up incorruptible, is the subject of a higher adaptation, with which fornication is incompatible. Vincent

His interest in our body does not end at the time of death. He is going to raise the body of every believer to fashion it like the glorious body of the Lord Jesus. We will not be disembodied spirits in eternity. Rather, our spirit and soul will be reunited with our glorified body, thus to enjoy the glories of heaven forever. Believer's Bible commentary

I cannot give in to the devil's principal, deceitful tactic which makes so many Christians satisfied with an "Easter celebration" instead of experiencing the power of Christ's resurrection. It is the devil's business to keep Christians mourning and weeping with pity beside the cross instead of demonstrating that Jesus Christ is risen, indeed. -- A. W. Tozer in Renewed Day by Day (Vol. 2). Christianity Today, Vol. 38, no. 4.

The electric telegraph, though it be but an invention of man, would have been as hard to believe in a thousand years ago as the resurrection of the dead is now. Who in the days of packhorses would have believed in flashing a message from England to America? Everything is full of wonder till we are used to it, and resurrection owes the incredible portion of its marvel to our never having come across it in our observation--that is all. After the resurrection we shall regard it as a divine display of power as familiar to us as creation and providence now are. -- Charles H. Spurgeon in the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit (Vol.18). Christianity Today, Vol. 33, no. 6.

Ver. 14. And God hath both raised up the Lord; the Lord Jesus Christ, as the first-fruits of those that sleep, from whose resurrection the apostle largely proveth our resurrection, #1Co 15:1-58.

And will also raise up us by his own power: God will raise up his saints by his own Almighty power. Poole

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com