Monday, April 18, 2016

Union with Christ

Romans 6:5
  • "If we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his."

Paul talks about our union with Christ in this verse. Those of us who believe in Jesus have died with him when he died on the cross 2000 years ago. Just as we have died with him in his death, we shall also be resurrected just like he was resurrected on the third day 2000 years ago.

Even though our life course contains many different events, trials and joys. All of us who belong to Christ have the same beginning and end. First, death and then resurrection.

By faith, when we believe in Jesus, we are freed from dominion of sin as we have died in Jesus' death on the cross. We were on that cross in Jesus 2000 years ago. Since we died in Jesus on the cross and have been freed from dominion of sin, we live and walk in the new state of life. This new life is different to the life we lived before we became convinced of our death in Jesus. This new life we live, we live to God, just as Jesus died to free us from sin, and resurrected to live the new life to God without the dominion of death over him.

Jesus is the true pattern for us. Our death and our resurrection are typified in Jesus' death and resurrection.

We died when Jesus died and we will be resurrected just as Jesus rose from the dead on the third day so that sin and death would lose all their power over us completely, just as Jesus' death and resurrection were complete for our salvation and resurrection.

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