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Implications of the Resurrection, Part 2

July 19, 2012

What place does status have in your life? Perhaps you are someone who is thought well of at work. Hopefully you are a parent who is respected and loved by your children. All of us have a status we aspire to. Many of us work hard to get to these places in society and some of us inherit them. I did nothing to become Mike Ammen’s son. I just…was.

In a similar way, in the resurrection of Jesus there was a status purchased for us. If Christ rose from the dead then he has dominion over death and can bring life. His spotless life gave us a righteousness nobody else could give us. That status he bought for those who have been called by Christ is that of “in Christ.” No longer are we “in Adam.” Let me explain.

In Genesis 1-2, there is a perfect garden that our first parents, Adam and Eve  lived in. They shared perfect communion with one another and tended to all the good gifts God had given them. Then, in Genesis 3 the story is ruined. The two disobey and sin entered the world. The Bible paints what I call the “representative principle.” At that point, Adam was our covenant head. That means he mediates the reign and rule of God to those on earth. As Adam went…so did humanity. So, ever since Adam there has been a deep blemish on all of creation because of sin.

This representative principle is played out throughout the pages of Scripture. Noah, Abraham, Moses, David…they were all covenant heads of the people of God appointed to mediate the rule of God to the people. All of them were stellar examples of imperfection. Sure, there were evidences of grace in each of their lives, but sin was always there. Again, as the covenant heads went…so did humanity. This downward spiral left the people waiting and wanting a perfect covenant head who would reverse the effects of sin on the world.

The only covenant head who perfectly mediate the rule of God to his people is Jesus. Jesus is what Adam never was, what Moses never was, and what David never was. He is the mediator the people of God were looking for. When he came what he brought was not more death, not more pain or hurting or sadness. What he brought was life itself. This is why Paul writes in 1 Cor. 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

So…what are the implications?

  • Don’t live as one who is “in Adam.” Yes, sin still exists. Yes, pain, death, and sadness is still a part of our lives. But for those who have been called, we are “in Christ.” This means we have the hope of resurrection. We have the hope that life will not always be this way and the end of Revelation will be reality all of us will see and savor one day.
  • Your status has been changed if you are “in Christ.” The big difference between this status and say your familial or job status is that is permeates every bit of your being. You can leave your job at work (for most of us) and you don’t have to be “daddy” when you are in surgery with a patient. However, you cannot shed your status of being “in Christ.” Grace will always abound to you, forgiveness will flow like a river to your soul, and the love of our Father will be on you at all times and in all places. There is nowhere you can go from his wonderful care.
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