1st Corinthians – Wayne Barber/Part 98
|By: Dr. Wayne Barber; ©1998|
|The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of all of Christianity. In fact, if one could prove that Jesus did not bodily resurrect from the grave, then Christianity is dead.|
1 Corinthians 15
Up From the Grave, He Arose!
We are not finished with chapter 14, but I want to look at a topic that I want to call, “Up From The Grave, He Arose.” These words and many others are the words of Christians all around the world celebrating the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of all of Christianity. In fact, if one could prove that Jesus did not bodily resurrect from the grave, then Christianity is dead. There is no Christianity. There is no risen Christ. There is no ascended Christ. There is no glorified Christ, therefore, there is no means of salvation. It has been the goal of lost humanity for centuries to try to disprove the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are still those around today who choose to deny it and seek to prove it.
My question to all of us is, “Do we believe it?” Do you believe it? Obviously, if you don’t, then you cannot claim to be a born-again believer. You must believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ in order to be a believer. That is who you put your faith into, that is who comes to live in you. It is the keystone really of our Christianity.
At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon said that a certain stone house was the key to the whole battle. If they could take that house, then victory could be won. It was against this house that he hurled all of his forces. But the men were driven back every single time. If he had taken that house, Waterloo might now stand as a French victory. And in the same sense, the enemies of Christ hurl all their forces against the resurrection of Jesus, knowing that if they can disprove that, they will have secured a victory for all the forces of hell. So we are going to seek to show you from God’s Word the proof of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In fact, we are going to walk into a courtroom with the great lawyer, the apostle Paul. Don’t you love him? As a matter of fact, his epistle to the Romans was used in law school for years to show lawyers how to build a case. He is going to seek to prove in the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is going to do it by producing eyewitnesses of that account. One by one, they will come and testify, “Yes, we witnessed Christ resurrected after He had been crucified on Calvary.” It is upon their testimony that this proof lies.
Turn to 1 Corinthians 15. Paul is methodically going to go about proving the resurrection of Christ. He is too careful a man to base his belief on a hoax. He knows that. He knows that Christ resurrected and he wants to make sure the Corinthian church understands that He bodily resurrected.
There are some people who say that He spiritually resurrected, but He did not bodily resurrect. Paul is going to show you that He bodily resurrected from the grave. When he wrote 1 Corinthians it was 25 years after the resurrection had occurred. One of his key arguments is that there were witnesses living that day who saw Him, who were still alive, who somebody could go and ask and check it out. That is one of his key arguments about the proof of the resurrection.
But before we consider all the witnesses that Paul brings out, this is just a thought and something to park in the back of your mind. Back in their day, women were not looked upon favorably to give testimony in trial. In fact, as I was researching this, I found that when a woman would say anything in a court case, she could not be a credible witness. Now, isn’t it interesting that the first witnesses of the empty tomb were Mary Magdalene and the women who were with her? You see, if this had been a hoax, if this had been something that somebody had been trying to make up or to dream up and to try to get other people to believe, no man in his right mind would have recorded the fact that the first ones who saw the empty tomb were women, because in their day, they would not have been a credible witness. Those were already there, these proofs are already there.
What we are going to look at is only in chapter 15. Look with me beginning with verse 1 of chapter 15. He says, “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures [that is part of the gospel here], and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of who remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain.”
The problem of the resurrection
Now there are three things that I want us to see as walk into this courtroom and the apostle Paul seeks to prove the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. First of all, he addresses the problem that they are having there in Corinth concerning the resurrection. The very fact that he spends so much time proving it shows you there is a lot of doubt that has begun to seep into the church there at Corinth. Verse 12 says, “Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”
Now we know the church of Corinth. We kind of get an idea of the people we are dealing with here. We have got a bunch of people who would rather figure it out than they would truly trust God. We have an educated group, but we have got a lot of people who are intellectually trying to figure out the things of God. They had made up their tiny little minds that since they couldn’t figure out how humanly possible this could be, much less divinely possible, nobody could be resurrected from the dead. So because of that, they had just shut it down and said there could not be a resurrection of Jesus.
How many people still have the same struggle today? Because they can’t figure out a miraculous, biblical truth, they tend to discard it. Immediately God is no bigger than our minds, which completely obliterates what God does in His work. Because we cannot understand how it happened, we discount it as false and our human logic wins again. But it is the epitome of ignorance when a person denies known facts and reliable observations just to hold on to his own lack of understanding how it could have taken place.
Paul would produce credible witnesses, eyewitnesses who have seen Him. He does not attempt to prove their credibility. Although as he shares them, the credibility is already there. His purpose is to dispel this idea that Jesus could not have resurrected because we can’t figure it out. He wants to dispel that by saying, “Now listen, you are going to have to deal with these witnesses. They saw Him. Can’t you just simply believe it because God said it? Stop trying to figure it out.”
Well, you see, when you begin to try to figure out biblical truths, you fall into a dark hole. I have been there, you’ve been there, we’ve all been there. As a matter of fact, try to figure out the election of God and the responsibility of man. Hello! And there are many people who think they have it figured out. What I have heard from them, I don’t think they have it figured out very well at all. You just accept it. You believe it because it is in God’s Word. Both are taught in Scripture. But how about the sovereignty of God and God’s command to pray? Why pray if God is already sovereign? People argue about these things and try to figure them out. Or how do you figure out the virgin birth? I mean, there are so many things in scripture that are far beyond our ability to comprehend. However, we believe them because God said them, and it is by faith we stand upon them.
Isn’t it interesting how we try to figure everything out? When I was growing up I remember they said, “You cannot go into space. It is impossible to put a man into space.” My grandmother is in heaven. She never believed that we went to the moon, never, no, sir. She said until the day she died that was staged and somebody filmed it and Hollywood did it and they made it look like somebody had gone to the moon. But every Thursday night she watched wrestling, professional wrestling on television! I sat in the other room and watched her because it was better than the wrestling match. She would just get into it. She didn’t weigh 80 pounds soaking wet. But she believed that was real. She didn’t believe we went to the moon, though.
The fallacy is when you can’t grasp something mentally, that doesn’t mean you shut it out. There are many things in God’s Word that we will never understand. We just simply believe it because God said it. For us to make the assumption that the resurrection of Christ is impossible puts our minds above the one who actually accomplished that feat there at the cross. A miracle such as the resurrection is not going to be understood. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “Now I know in part.” And I think that is where we have got to camp out. We just back off and say, “God, you said it and I believe it and I couldn’t begin to understand how it took place, but I accept it as your Word. I stand upon that truth.”
God can at any time, and has many times, altered the natural in order to reveal Himself to man. So Paul goes about proving the resurrection mainly by bringing forth these witnesses that say to these disbelieving Corinthians, “You see, just because you can’t understand doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.” These people saw Him and you are going to have to reckon with that truth before you go any further. We must get over the logic factor.
As a matter of fact, let me throw another one at you. You know, if you are struggling with how He resurrected, go with this one. How did He resurrect Himself? Technically, Christ resurrected Himself. Technically, He dismissed His own human spirit and resurrected Himself from the cross. You say, how in the world did you get that? Look in Ephesians 1:18. The apostle Paul has a wonderful, wonderful epistle here and it is his first prayer in chapter 1. He says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He [and it implies there God the Father] brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”
Now it is pretty interesting there that the scripture focuses in and says God the Father raised Him from the dead. It is the same thing in Galatians 1:1, God the Father raised Jesus from the dead. But here is the key. Most of us know that Christ equaled His power with the power of the Father when He said in John 2:19, “Jesus answered and said to them, destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up.” Then in verse 21 we find out what He is speaking about. But He was speaking of the temple of His body. In John 10:17 we read, “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may, that I may, that I may take it again.” Verse 18 says, “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” Now He didn’t say, My Father was going to take up My life for Me, My Father was going to lay down My life for Me. I am laying it down and I am taking it up. So technically the Lord Jesus dismisses His own human spirit and resurrects Himself from the grave. Now if you have trouble figuring out the resurrection, throw that one in the mix. And it continues to stretch our minds. We cannot, we cannot comprehend that.
Why don’t we do just what the disciples did, when they saw Him? Immediately they believed. John 2:22 tells us, “When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.” That is Paul’s whole argument to the Corinthian church. We’ve got these witnesses. Do as the disciples did. They didn’t even believe it when He was going to the cross. They didn’t seem to even understand that He was going to have to die. They didn’t understand His resurrection. But when they saw Him, they believed the scriptures.
Paul is going to say, “Here are those who have seen Him. Now Corinthians, believe, believe what the scriptures have said.” That is the problem he is dealing with. So often we think we are doubting God when we think we can’t understand something He says. No, no, no. You will never understand it. You just receive it by faith.
The proof of the resurrection
But then comes the proof of the resurrection. He was seen. He was seen. Now that is what you have to reckon with. Christ, after His death on the cross, was seen by credible witnesses. We know from studying Deuteronomy that by the mouth of two or three witnesses somebody can be put to death. The mouth of two or three witnesses confirm a truth. This is a powerful witness when somebody has seen something with their own eyes. They become a witness that can bring about a verdict down the road. So in this courtroom we need some witnesses.
Paul begins. The first one he calls up is Cephas. Of course, we know that to be Simon Peter. Look at 1 Corinthians 15:5. It says, “and that He appeared to Cephas.” Cephas is Simon Peter. That is his Aramaic name, and it means the same thing his Greek name meant, stone or rock. And what a witness we have in the story of Simon Peter. None of the disciples could have been as sad as Simon Peter on Resurrection Sunday. Simon Peter is the one who said, “If all the others may desert you, Lord, I am not going to desert you.” Not only did he desert the Lord Jesus, but he denied Him three times before the cock crowed that night.
Luke records the sad event. When they took Him to the high priest’s house and Peter was outside by the campfire, he was following along. He was outside by the campfire and he denied him three times. And one of the gospel writers said, he cursed and said, “I do not know the man.” Luke records how sad it was when Jesus came walking out. In Luke 22:61 it says, “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter and Peter remembered the word of the Lord how He had told him, Before a cock crows today, you shall deny me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly.” Can you imagine the Lord Jesus turning and not saying a word, but looking right over at Simon Peter, and Simon Peter, the conviction running all the way through his body, and then going out and weeping bitterly and then having to witness the Lord Jesus being crucified on that cruel cross?
How beautiful is the story that on Resurrection Sunday, he is one of the first ones Jesus made His way, to make sure He appeared to Simon Peter. The angel made the announcement in Luke 24:34 saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then over in Mark we see the command. The angel says, “But go, tell His disciples and Peter [making sure Peter is included] that He is going before you into Galilee. There you will see Him just as He said to you.”
It was at Pentecost when the New Covenant was inaugurated, when the Spirit came to dwell in us, that we see Simon Peter totally changed by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Now that he has seen Him, now that the Lord has come to live in him, we see Simon Peter who was so meek and so weak that he would deny Him three times before a fire, standing before the people who accused him and preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified and resurrected and ascended and glorified. He was put to death under the wicked rule of Nero.
I want to share something with you. The credibility of his witness shouts at us today. Here is a man who was drastically transformed by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Not only did he see Him, he experienced Him and then lived his life to the day that he was martyred for the faith. Tradition says that he was not crucified hanging right side up. He was crucified upside down because he didn’t feel like he measured in any way to be put to death like his Master had been put to death. Isn’t it interesting that this is the first witness Paul calls forth? Simon Peter, the unsung leader of the twelve, the head of the church in an unsung way in that time.
Back in 1 Corinthians 1:15 it says, “Some of you are of Paul, some of you are of Apollos, some of you are of Cephas.” What has Cephas got to do with it? He is the unsung hero of the whole church at that time. Here is the first one up who said, “I saw Him. I saw Him. Now how are you going to reckon with that? People, skeptic, come on, son, come on, I saw Him. What are you going to do about that?
Paul moves from one person to a group, a very special group. It says in 15:5 that He appeared to Cephas, “then to the twelve.” Now the word “appeared” there is the word that means in the Greek “He chose to appear.” This is not haphazard. God is very much orchestrating the way He chose to appear and to who He appeared. That is what I want you to see. He appeared to the twelve. Now the word “twelve” there is a word used to denote the disciples. It doesn’t necessarily mean twelve of them, but the twelve was a term that was used to denote them. As a matter of fact, Paul is recounting the gospel writer in John 20:19-21 and then Luke 24:36-43. Every time he recounts this, there are two people missing: Judas who had hanged himself and Thomas.
So why would he say twelve when there were only ten there? No, the twelve designated the disciples. There was another term that designated the disciples and that was the eleven. In Luke 24:33 it says, “And they arose that very hour and returned to Jerusalem [this is after the Emmaus walk] and gathered together the eleven and those who were with them.” You see, the eleven distinguishes the disciples, the group of disciples there.
Verse 33 shows us there were others with them because he says, “those who were with them.” The most reliable witnesses, witnesses that we can totally rely on, would be Simon Peter and the twelve, and that is the first ones he calls forth. We have seen the resurrected Lord Jesus. But if that is not enough, I love what he does here.
In verse 6 he says, “After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of who remain until now, but some have fallen asleep.” Now, what about five hundred at one shot. Boy, you can hear the skeptic trying to get around this one? You can deceive one at a time, but five hundred at one shot? It would be very difficult to deceive that whole bunch. The appearance was probably in Galilee. Matthew records in Matthew 28:10, “Then Jesus said to them, do not be afraid, go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee and there they shall see Me.”
Now some people think that is just the disciples, but if that was just the disciples that could have happened in Judea, Jerusalem or Capernaum. I believe what he is saying here is “all those.” The place to have a big crowd with less attention would be over in Galilee and the hill country of Galilee. Can you imagine that appointed day? People slipping out of villages and slipping out of towns and saying, “Oh, we are going to see the Lord Jesus. He said to meet Him there.” And they come. And five hundred of them come together and He appears.
Now the phrase, “at one time” is a great translation. That is exactly the author’s point, at one time. He says, “After that He had appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time.” You see, “one time” means everybody witnessing Him at the same time. Five hundred people cannot be deceived at one time. It is as if Paul says when he goes on to say, “most of who remain until now,” I love it. It is almost like he is saying, “Do you want to question that? Hey, I will give you the guys’ telephone numbers.” They didn’t have telephones. I will give you their addresses. Go check it out, man. Email him. Go find it out. You go talk to them yourself. They are still living today.
As I was studying this, I came across a something somebody said. If they took a deposition from them, six minutes apiece, there would be fifty hours of uninterrupted eyewitness testimony of having seen the Lord Jesus Christ after He had been crucified and had been resurrected. Fifty uninterrupted hours of testimony.
Well, then in verse 7 Paul moves again. He has gone from Peter: Can you deny the credibility of Peter who died for his faith? Can you deny the twelve disciples, most of who suffered violent deaths because they believed in Him? Can you deny five hundred people at one shot? I mean, that is the weight of the whole thing. They were all there and saw Him at the same time and many are still alive. Go ask them. And then in verse 7 Paul brings up an even greater witness. He says, “then He appeared to James.” Now this is a tender one because James is His half-brother. Why do I say half-brother? Because Jesus did not have an earthly father. This is one of His brothers. And why is this so special? Because it says earlier on in the book of John that His brothers did not believe Him. They did not believe Him. As a matter of fact, they were constantly trying to get Him to do miracles.
John 7:5 says, “Not even His brothers were believing in Him.” What a moment, what a moment, when Jesus came to James. James, full of doubts, did not even believe who his brother was, his half-brother, the Lord Jesus, born of the virgin. He didn’t believe that He was the Christ, but now he has seen Him and when He came and appeared to him, something about the resurrected appearance of the Lord Jesus in James’ life transformed him forever. As a matter of fact, the next time you find James, he is the leader of the church there in Jerusalem. He is the head of the church, the head elder of the church of Jerusalem. It eternally changed James’ life.
Then Paul goes on and says something else in verse 7: “then to all the apostles.” The apostles are really the same group as the disciples. Why would he call them disciples in verse 5 and then in verse 7 call them apostles? I don’t know, but here is a thought. A disciple is a learner, but an apostle is one sent forth to tell what he has learned. And perhaps because of the resurrection of Christ, this shows the difference in the roles that these men had assumed now that Jesus had resurrected. You see it in every one of their lives. We get our scriptures, our New Testament from the apostles. Our faith is built upon the apostles and prophets.
Well, it is interesting that after mentioning the apostles, Paul now comes to give his own account of having witnessed the resurrected Lord Jesus. In verse 8 he says, “and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” Now, if you have ever studied anything about the life of Paul, you’ve got to understand the integrity of this man’s life. Here was a man who was the most intelligent man, other than Jesus, in the New Testament that I can find. He could stand on Mars Hill in Athens and argue with all the Greek philosophers till the day ended, till they turned blue in the face, and he could hold his own. They had a little sign there that says, To the unknown god. He got up there and said, “I see you have a sign here to the unknown god. I know Him. Let me tell you who He is.” He took them on all day long. He is a man who was schooled under Gamaliel. He is a man who understood the law from the very A to Z, everything about the law, very, very intelligent.
Do you think this man, who was sane and intelligent and strong as he was, would by any reason, any method of deduction refuse his upbringing, literally be a man without a country? When he changed over to become a believer, when he received the Lord Jesus Christ as a result of the Damascus Road, everybody disowned him. He was a man without a country. He had stood there when Stephen had been stoned to death. He persecuted Christians. He was on his way to Damascus to arrest Christians when he got arrested by the Christ of Christianity. Do you think this man with this kind of integrity, this kind of sanity, this kind of intelligence, would refute all of that and put his life into the Lord Jesus Christ and then be martyred for the faith without a penny in his pocket, as 2 Timothy 4 tells us all about? It was no fluke that induced him to forsake it all.
If Christ did not resurrect, this man is a fool; Simon Peter is a fool; the disciples are fools; and the 500 are liars. We have to reckon with the fact that He was seen and the integrity of those who saw Him. It is no small evidence of the resurrection of Jesus that the apostle Paul says, “I saw Him. He appeared to me also.”
So the problem that he was dealing with there was that they didn’t seem to accept witnesses of those who had seen Him. Since they couldn’t figure it out, evidently He didn’t resurrect. In other words, if they couldn’t figure it out, then they weren’t going to believe it. And Paul says, why aren’t you like the disciples? They saw Him and as a result of seeing Him, they believed. Let me show you the ones who have seen Him. And he walks them down through the list.
The power of the resurrection
But finally, we have the power of the resurrection, or the resurrected Christ. Paul was living proof of the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. He says in verse 9, “For I am the least of the apostles, who is not fitted to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am and His grace toward me did not prove vain.” Now here is a man who stands humble before God. He opens himself up to all who would want to read what he shares. He remembers what he was and now he testifies as to what God in His resurrected power has done to change his life.
Now this is where we have been headed all along. The key is, do you believe that Jesus raised from the dead? If you do, you believe He ascended and you believe He was glorified. If you do, then you believe He died for your sin. And if you do, you put your faith into Him and you become a believer. Let’s take it a step further. Now that He is in your life, have you experienced the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ? Resurrection implies the term death, to resurrect something that is dead and bring it back to life. Do you realize what this means to us?
Paul said in Philippians 3:10, “I want to know Him.” The word “know” means to experientially know Him. And I want to know the power of His resurrection. I want to experience Him daily in my life. I know when I am not apart from Him and I want to experience His life in me day by day, moment by moment. My question is, “Do you believe first of all that Jesus resurrected?” If you pass that hurdle and if you have come to understand why He came to be crucified and all that took place as a result of that and you are a believer, great.
But have you passed the second hurdle? Have you learned to live in the resurrection power of God day by day? I tell you what, we are living in this day, folks, and we have seen it in 1 Corinthians. We are living in this emotional kind of stuff. If I don’t feel Him, it must not be right. If I don’t sense Him or experience Him in some feely, sensual way, then I must not be living the way He wants me to live. Do you know what I am discovering more and more in my life, is that feelings have little to do with it at all. Somebody said that my will is the engine, but my feelings ought to be the caboose. And if you ever put that caboose up here where the engine ought to be, you are going to get off track real quickly.
My son many times will call me and we will discuss back and forth. He says, “Daddy, I just don’t feel anything. It is dead in my life, it is dry in my life, but I am doing everything that God has told me to do as far as I know. I am surrendering to Him and I am asking Him.” Listen, folks, there are going to be days like that, but you are still living in the power of the resurrection power of Christ. It doesn’t mean you want to sing a song like the choir every minute. It doesn’t mean you have music in your ears. You are choosing, you are making the right choice and at some point those emotions will catch up with you. But are you living in the resurrection power of Christ?
I went over to our church one Sunday morning recently and I noticed when I walked in that I didn’t have an emotion in my body. Has that ever happened to you? You walk into church and you think, “Well, where do emotions go? I must not be right with God because I don’t have an emotion in my body.” It is amazing to me when you just confess that before Him and say, “O God, I know you in me can change anything that needs to be changed so I just surrender myself to you” things change. I noticed when I started preaching God just brought the word alive to me. I began to think, “That is it, that is it.”
When you just come to Him with no feeling and say, “O God, you are in me what I could never be myself. I want to experience that resurrection power. Take from me the death and bring life in the midst of it. Resurrect that in me,” then God begins to do what only God can do through your life.
I’ll tell you what, there are a lot of people on Easter Sunday morning every year who literally walk away from services and never understand how just to say yes and bow before the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ and live in His resurrection power that which changes us, that which transforms us. He can take a family and turn it around or He can turn you around in the midst of the family, depending on how He decides to do it. He can change your perception towards others. When you have somebody you can’t love, His resurrection power in you resurrects that love in you and He loves people through you when you couldn’t love yourself. That is Christ. That is the resurrection Christ.
The apostle Paul to me is enough proof of the resurrection. You don’t have to tell me about the witnesses. You don’t have to tell me about who saw Him. I can look at his life and see the change that came on the Damascus Road. And I know that didn’t come from Paul, that had to have come from Christ. To make a man live the way he lived and then to die with not a penny in his pocket and look back and say, “I don’t have a single regret in my life. I am looking forward to the reward He has for me one day in glory.” That proves the resurrection to me. He has got to be alive. And He is not only alive at the right hand of the Father, He is alive in us as believers, to be the power to enable us to be what we could never be apart from Him.
Are you experiencing the resurrection power of Jesus Christ? I don’t know what you are going through today. I wonder if you are a believer and you have put your faith in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder if you would remember Colossians 2:6. “As you therefore have received Him, so walk ye in Him.” And the same way you surrendered to Him at salvation, just surrender to Him and let Him so transform you in His resurrection power that wherever you go He produces such a love in you and does something so different in your life that you literally can experience His resurrection power. We can walk and live in that every day of our life. Thank you, Paul, for giving that last one because that is the one that spoke to me, the change that came in this man’s life.
Up from the grave He arose. Hallelujah, He did! That same power now has come to live in us to enable us to be what we could have never been apart from Him. The same way we received it, is the same way we appropriate it every day of our life. Surrender and bowing before Him. I hope your day is a day of experiencing His resurrection power.