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Resurrected With Christ

Ephesians 2:1-7
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-- it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Think of the most important events of your life: graduation, marriage, birth of children

A huge event in our lives: the resurrection of Christ.

But I wasn't even born until 1900+ years later. No, but if you are a true Christian, you were resurrected with Jesus.

We were United with Christ in His Crucifixion
All the sin of all people for all time was placed on Jesus.
All our sin, past, present and future, was on Jesus - nailed to the cross.

In the spiritual sense, we were on the cross with Jesus in the form of our sin.

Galatians 2:20
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 6:14
14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

We were United with Christ in His Resurrection
Romans 6:5
5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

Ephesians 2:4-5
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions -- it is by grace you have been saved.

Christ has seated Us in Heaven and eternity
Ephesians 2:6-7
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Our Union with Christ makes us fruitful
John 15:5
5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

In Our Union with Christ, we can take Him where He doesn't want to go
When we sin, Christ in us begins to protest (conscience).  He is determined to sanctify us. He wants complete control over where we go and what we do.


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