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From the Director’s Desk – February 2013

Posted on | February 28, 2013 | 1 Response

ron-webWith Easter approaching, I’ve been meditating on Paul’s promise for mutual participation in the resurrection: “he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies” (Romans 8:11).

Most of us think of resurrection in terms of immortality. Notice that Paul speaks just the opposite: he is not reflecting on resurrection to the “there and then,” but the here and now. He does it in much the same way as when he said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live” (Galatians 2:20). So Paul speaks about the mortal body—the one that you now have. That is the one that the Spirit promises to quicken. The work is not post mortem.

Remember the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that without Christ’s resurrection, their faith would be in vain; preaching would be in vain; and there would be no hope. Horrific thoughts except for one factor: in fact, Christ is risen from the dead. The disciple John says to deny the reality of the resurrection is the spirit of anti-Christ. Christian faith depends on the risen Christ.

It is hard to overstate how the resurrection changed things. God Himself went through a change. There now is a resurrected body from the Incarnate One sitting in the center of Trinitarian existence! It signifies two major realities: 1) God is a willing receptacle for flesh; and 2) flesh may be a willing receptacle for God. Christ took human flesh, became Incarnate, and the Spirit raised that flesh from the dead. His meritorious work stands as a testimony that He wants to redeem our flesh and raise us by grace through faith as a wholly redeemed person so that our bodies are fit “temples for the Holy Spirit.” However, in order for that to happen, Christ’s salvific resurrection poses one ultimate question to every human being: Will you live your lives from Adam’s fallen-ness or Christ’s risen-ness? For the Apostle Paul, that is the great divide.

In Christ,
Ron

Comments

One Response to “From the Director’s Desk – February 2013”

  1. Dr Leroy
    February 28th, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    Yes! Romans 8.12 goes on to explain that we are not debtors to continue living in the flesh, but in the Spirit! Amen! Dr. Kinlaw’s Let’s Start With Jesus made a powerful impression recently in a masters’ class in Venezuela!!!

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