Jesus’ Resurrection is the Pattern for all Resurrections
The first resurrection in all of human history is that of our Lord at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Until Jesus Christ died on the cross, there could be no resurrection. The first resurrection in history is that of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union.
His resurrection is the precedent for all believers who too will be resurrected. The resurrection for all believers is called the First Resurrection. The Second Resurrection is for all unbelievers who will be raised from Hades and then thrown into the Eternal Lake of Fire. This is also called the second death, Rev 20:5-6.
The First Resurrection is pictured as a battalion pass-in-review, and therefore is divided into four echelons, 1 Cor 15:20‑24.
Alpha Company: The resurrection of Christ at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, for He is “the first fruits of them that slept.” Mat 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20‑21; Acts 2:31‑34.
Bravo Company: The resurrection of the Royal Family of God at the end of the great power experiment of the Church Age, John 14:1‑3; Phil 3:20‑21; 1 Cor 15:51‑57; 1 Thes 4:13‑18; 1 John 3:1‑2.
Charlie Company: The resurrection of the Old Testament believers and Tribulational martyrs at the end of the Tribulation and the Second Advent, Dan 12:13; Isa 26:19‑20; Mat 24:31; Rev 20:4.
Delta Company: The resurrection of the Millennial saints at the end of the Millennium. Rev 20:5
Physical death is the prerequisite for resurrection. There are two exceptions:
- The Rapture generation of the Church Age.
- The Millennial believers alive at the end of time and human history.
Resurrection is the Lord’s victory, 1 Cor 15:55‑56.
1 Cor 15:55, (quote from Hos 13:14), “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law;”
The only victory is God’s victory demonstrated through resurrection. Death has no victory! The sting of death is the Sin Nature in man, as a result of Adam’s original sin and the imputation and judgment of our sins in the Lord Jesus Christ by God the Father.
Sin’s power is defined in the Mosaic Law. 1 Tim 1:8‑10
1 Tim 1:8-11, “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.”
Why was our Lord resurrected?
Our Lord was raised from the dead to proclaim the victory won at the Cross. As a result of that victory, all of mankind could share in His victory through resurrection. So, our Lord died for us and was raised for us. This is understood in the doctrine of Positional Truth.
There are two categories of Positional Truth: Retroactive and Current.
The Cross of Jesus Christ represents what is called Retroactive Positional Truth, and His resurrection, ascension, and session represents what is called Current Positional Truth.
In Retroactive Positional Truth, we reject and are separated from good and evil, and divorced from the Old Sin Nature. While identification with Christ in His physical death and burial connotes breaking the power of the Old Sin Nature, it still doesn’t give us anything new.
Three results of Retroactive Positional Truth: Rom 6:1-11; 7:1-6
- Identification with the spiritual death of Jesus Christ means the rejection of good and evil that we were joined to as a result of Adam’s original sin. Gen 2:9, 17; 3:5, 7, 22
- Identification with His physical death means separation from good and evil.
- Identification with His burial means divorce from good and evil.
Retroactive P.T. positionally breaks the power of the Old Sin Nature. Rom 6:6-7
Rom 6:6-7, “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin.”
When God takes away the old (by Retroactive Positional Truth), he substitutes the new (by Current Positional Truth). Both are part of the victory over death. In Retroactive P.T. we died to sin. In Current P.T. we live to Christ.
Current Positional Truth is identification with Christ, as He is seated at the right hand of the Father, in His resurrection, ascension, and session. Current P.T. emphasizes two factors:
The Blessing Factor: Imputation of God’s righteousness plus Bible doctrine equals the reality of blessing in time. Rom 5:15‑17
Rom 5:15‑17, “But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 17For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
The Environmental Factor: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit plus Bible doctrine equals the reality of an encapsulated environment to execute the spiritual life. 1 Cor 12:13; 2 Cor 5:17
Current P.T. provides the potentiality of “newness of life,” Rom 6:4.
Rom 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
Current P.T. is the basis for establishing the Royal Family of God’s relationship with Jesus Christ. It is characterized by the Baptism of the Spirit, which is unique to the Church Age.
Current P.T. is related to the primary potential, which is the imputation of divine righteousness.
The justice of God at salvation imputes divine righteousness to the believer. We have been given Christ’s righteousness. 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 4:3; 5:19; 9:30; 10:4
2 Cor 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Current P.T. is related to the secondary potential, which is the Baptism of the Spirit. Rom 6:5; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:4-6
Rom 6:5,” For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, (our encapsulated environment).”
This environment is accomplished by the conditional sentence, “For if we have become united…”
In Rom 6:8‑10, the same conclusion is found.
Rom 6:8‑10, “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Therefore, Current P.T. is related to the possession of eternal life of which we have a double portion.
We have a double portion of eternal life and divine righteousness. This double portion includes both what we receive by imputation at salvation from God the Father and what we receive at salvation by being in union with Christ.
1 John 5:11‑12, “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
This is eternal life from Current P.T. through identification with the Lord Jesus Christ. See also Rom 6:23b.
Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
John 3:36 says that eternal life is also given at salvation through imputation.
John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
In summary, as a result of the imputation of Divine Righteousness, the Baptism of the Spirit, and the imputation of eternal life, we have been given the perfect environment to live the spiritual life and execute God’s Plan for our lives. This is sometimes called living the resurrected life. Through identification with the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, under Current Positional Truth, we have been given tremendous assets and power to live in the newness of life. Are you living that life?
Current Positional Truth (C.P.T.) is Related to Election and Predestination. Rom 8:29-30; Eph 1:4-6
Rom 8:29, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”
Eph 1:4‑6, “Just as He chose (elected) us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”
- Under C. P. T. we share in the election of Jesus Christ from eternity past as a part of God’s Divine Decrees. Billions of years ago God, knowing your future positive volition towards the Gospel of Christ, decreed to bring salvation into your life, electing you to the family of God with the result of resurrection to eternal glory.
- His choosing or Election of you means you are placed in union with the Lord Jesus Christ on the day of your salvation. This is one of the forty things we receive from God at the moment of salvation.
- In Rom 8:29 we are predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son. Eph 1:5 likewise says that we are adopted as sons to God. In the original Greek, this refers to the Roman culture of adoption which was to adopt an adult son and give him the full privileges of the family. In addition, because Jesus Christ was an adult son, our identification with Him through C.P.T. means we too are adult sons of God.
- We can call ourselves predestined, but only in the light of Current Positional Truth. As a result of God’s foreknowledge of our faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, we are identified with His resurrection, ascension, and session and will receive the like ourselves. This is a fact of the destiny God has promised to the believer.
Current P.T. is Related to the Royal Family of God. Eph 2:6; 1 Peter 5:9
Christ had no battlefield royalty or family. He has royalty and title, but the Church Age had to be inserted into history to provide a Royal Family for Him.
Eph 2:4-7, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Current P.T. is Related to the Royal Priesthood. Heb 10:10-14; 1 Peter 2:4-6, 9-10
Heb 10:10-14 says, we have been sanctified, because Jesus Christ has been set apart to the Father and we are made priests forever.
Heb 10:10-14, “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, 13waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. 14For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”
We minister today in the realities of Bible doctrine and the newness of life, which comes from the Baptism of the Spirit.
Current P.T. is Related to Positional Sanctification. 1 Cor 1:2; Rom 6:4, 19
1 Cor 1:2, “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:”
The Baptism of the Spirit places us in permanent relationship with God. We are set apart from unbelieving man and an unbelieving world forever in Christ Jesus. This is the first phase of Sanctification. We have a permanent place and position in Christ Jesus. The second phase is called Experiential Sanctification, which is our daily walk with Jesus Christ. Finally, the third phase of Sanctification is Ultimate Sanctification, when we are translated to heaven upon death or Rapture and receive our very own resurrection body. All three phases are made possible as a result of the Baptism of God the Holy Spirit. Rom 6:4, 19
Current P.T. is Related to God’s Personal Possession Forever, the Believers of the Royal Family. 1 Pet 2:9-10
1 Pet 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
The Royal Family of God is superior to all other believers of all time by virtue of Positional Truth. There is no equality.
God protects His very own possessions by providing them the encapsulated environment by means of the Baptism of the Spirit. Therefore, God is able to bless the believer.
Blessings from God go through His grace pipeline from His justice to His imputed righteousness in us. Those blessing are imputed to the encapsulated environment, the “newness of life”. Rom 6:4
Current Positional Truth provides the basis for being a new creature in Christ and having a new life, and therefore having available the blessings of God. The objective of the new life is the imputation of blessings in time from God’s justice. Eph 1:3-6
Eph 1:3-6, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”
The Grace of God and Resurrection, 1 Cor 15:57.
There could be no greater monument to the grace of God than resurrection. Verse 57 says literally, ” but to the God grace.” This is an idiom where the Greek word for “thanks” is CHARIS – χάρις (khar’-ece), which means, “grace, kindness, blessing, and sometimes thanks.” So, it is translated, “but thanks be to God” followed by “who gives to us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Until our Lord went to the Cross and achieved the strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict during the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, no one could be resurrected. He could not be resurrected until He became true humanity at the virgin birth. In other words, God could not give a victory that had not yet been attained. That’s why our Lord remembers in John 13:3b, that “He had come forth from the God,” and in 13:3c, “was going back to God.” He came forth to become true humanity so through victory and resurrection all could share in His victory and receive their own personal resurrection.
In the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, Jesus Christ died physically on the cross, was resurrected by the omnipotence of God the Father and omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, ascended into heaven, and sat at the Father’s right hand.
At that point, the victory was completed. That was the strategic victory of the angelic conflict, the termination of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Now, He has a victory to give not only to us, but also to all the Old Testament saints at the Second Advent.
The victory is demonstrated at the resurrection of Church Age believers called the Rapture. It is patterned after the resurrection of the humanity of Jesus Christ at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. The victory is given to every believer, regardless of his spiritual status or any failure on his part, regardless of whether he fails or succeeds in God’s plan in time. No failure can eliminate you from resurrection. You can lose out on rewards 1 Cor 3:10-15, but you can never lose out on your resurrection.
Just as Jesus Christ was resurrected at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, so the Royal Family of God will be resurrected at the end of the great power experiment of the Church Age.
Our Challenge in Application of Resurrection, 1 Cor 15:58.
1 Cor 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, become stabilized, not distracted, and excel in association with the work of the Lord [living in the newness of life obtain at salvation, Rom 6:4] at all times, because your labor for the Lord is not empty [vain].”
The Greek word for “become” is GINOMAI – γίνομαι (ghin’-om-ahee), which means, “to become something you were not before.” Because we have no control over our death, burial, and resurrection, we do have control over our lives now. We have the opportunity to use our free will to execute the Plan of God. In the “newness of life,” God has provided unlimited divine assets, the Portfolio of Invisible Assets, by which we execute His Plan. Our Portfolio of Invisible Assets includes:
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Pre-designed Plan of God
Equal Privilege and Equal Opportunity
Unique Royal Commissions
Unique Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age
Indwelling of the Trinity
100% Availability of Divine Power.
Positive volition toward Bible Doctrine
Production Assets = Residence in the Plan of God, (Fruit of the Spirit)
Suffering for Blessing
Invisible Impact Blessings
- Personal impact – blessing by association
- Historical impact – national blessing (Pivot)
- International impact – association with Client Nation to God
- Angelic Impact – Witness to the angles
Operating in your Spiritual Gif
Indwelling of the Trinity
To “Be steadfast” or “become stabilized” is the Greek word HEDRAIOS – ἑδραῖος (hed-rah’-yos), and comes to imply that you have the right to use your own volition to execute and fulfill the Plan of God. You have the right to learn Bible doctrine, to utilize your Portfolio of Invisible Assets, and to use the omnipotence of God ‑ all to the glory of God. You can only glorify God by executing His Plan. When you do, you are in a stabilized condition.
The apposition “immovable” better translated “not distracted,” is the Greek word ἀμετακίνητος – AMETAKINETOS [am – et – ak – in’ – ay – tos]. An apposition means there are two adjacent nouns having the same referent stand in the same syntactical relation. With the words HEDRAIOS “steadfast” and AMETKINETOS “immovable,” we have two words with very similar meaning. So, we have a double emphasis.
Specifically, AMETAKINETOS is a multiple compound word with the negative “A” prefix joined to METAKINEO – μετακινέω (met-ak-ee-neh’-o), which means, “not to set aside, not to replace, not to displace, not to remove, or not to be moved away from.”
This word more clearly defines what it means to become stabilized. Distractions are anything you put before Bible doctrine and God’s Plan for your life. They are things that move you away from your relationship with God and the execution of His Plan. When you find yourselves distracted from your relationship with God, you should do as the Lord Jesus Christ did and recall the promise of your personal victory and resurrection to once again ground yourself inside the Plan of God.
“Always abounding” or “to excel” is made up of two Greek words PANTOTE – πάντοτε (pan’-tot-eh), meaning, “at all times,” and PERISSEUO – περισσεύω [PER – IS – SYOO’ – O], meaning, “to be over and above, to abound, or super-abound.” Combined in Biblical application, it means to be outstanding and become a spiritually mature believer. This means your service to the Lord, when done through the power of the Holy Spirit, has personal impact, national impact, international impact, and angelic impact.
It is called “your toil or labor,” because you use your volition during this time on earth. Your volition determines your control or lack of control over your life. “Your labor for the Lord” are the decisions you make to use the power of God in all situations. It is your positive decisions daily, your evaluation of what is important in your life, the importance of Bible doctrine, the daily perception of Bible doctrine, your spiritual growth, and your works unto God through the filling of the Holy Spirit.
The last principle to note in verse 58 is that believers who do not use the power of God live empty lives. For believers who use and apply the power of God (i.e. overcomers), their lives are OUK KENOS – οὐ κενός (ken-os’), “not empty” or “not in vain.” In other words, these believers are executing the Plan of God for their lives, producing the fruit of the Spirit. They have spiritual growth, production and impact. Through simple recollection of God’s power and promise to raise you from the dead, as our Lord utilized in John 13:3c, you realize that God has unlimited power available for application to your life, and you stand firm and confident in Him.
1 Cor 15:57-58, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, become stabilized, not distracted, and excel in association with the work of the Lord at all times, because your labor for the Lord is not fruitless.”
Resurrection and the Omnipotence of God.
Christ died twice on the cross that we might be born twice. He died spiritually to provide salvation. He died physically, because His work was finished.
Our first birth is natural generation, in which God the Father creates human life and imputes it to the soul at birth.
Our second birth is regeneration, by which God the Holy Spirit creates from His omnipotence a human spirit for the imputation of eternal life by God the Father.
In both the first and second births, the omnipotence of God is involved.
1) The power that sustained the humanity of Christ on the Cross and gave Him the endurance to bear our sins is the same power made available to us for the fulfillment of the Plan of God.
2) The power that resurrected Christ from the dead is the same power delegated and made available to every Church Age believer for the fulfillment of the Plan of God.
The omnipotence of God is delegated, distributed, made available to every Church Age believer for the utilization of the tactical victory of the angelic conflict, which is the fulfillment of the Plan of God, the function of the unique spiritual life and the lifestyle of wisdom, resulting in spiritual maturity and glorification of God in this intensified stage of the Angelic Conflict.
The royal family of God is designed and empowered to glorify God. This becomes the highest destiny ever given to any group of believers in any dispensation!
In physical death, our Lord Jesus Christ had a trichotomous separation. Just as our Lord’s spiritual death was unique: He was judged for all of our sins, so His physical death was unique: He had a trichotomous separation.
1) His body went into the grave. Luke 23:50-53
2) His human spirit went into the presence of God the Father in the third heaven. Luke 23:46; John 19:30
3) His human soul went into the first compartment of Hades, Paradise, where all the Old Testament believers resided until the resurrection of Christ. Luke 23:43; Acts 2:27-31; Eph 4:9
When we die, our soul and spirit go into the presence of the Lord in heaven, accompanied by Christ who indwelt us. For we are said to be “absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:8 w/ 1 Cor 13:12
So, there is no splitting up of the soul and the spirit in the death of the believer. But our Lord’s physical death was unique.
Being face to face implies that we have a recognizable interim body in heaven until the Rapture.
In the meantime, our Lord’s body was in the grave for three days and three nights. Mat 12:40; 26:61; 27:63; Mark 9:31; 10:34; and Luke 23:53-56 document this clearly.
When the work of salvation was finished, our Lord said to the Father, “Father, into Your hands I dismiss My spirit,” Luke 23:46, and His human spirit went into the presence of the Father.
He said to the dying thief in Luke 23:43, “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” His soul went into Paradise, a compartment of Hades.
Psa 16:10 prophesied, “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.” See also Acts 2:27-32 and Eph 4:9.
While He was there, according to 1 Pet 3:18‑21, the Holy Spirit guarded the soul of our Lord in Hades. And by means of the Spirit, the soul of our Lord went down to Tartarus, where He made the victorious proclamation to certain fallen angels.
God the Father is said to be the agent of the resurrection, He raised Him from the dead. Eph 1:20; Col 2:12; 1 Thes 1:10; Rom 6:4; 1 Pet 1:21; Heb 13:20
But Scripture also says the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead. Acts 2:24; Rom 1:4; 8:11; 1 Pet 3:18. So, God the Holy Spirit is also the agent of the resurrection.
The omnipotence of the Father sent our Lord’s human spirit through billions and billions of light years of space to His body in the tomb.
Simultaneously, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit returned His human soul from Hades to His body.
Now rejoined in the resurrection body, our Lord walked through the stone.
Later on, an angel rolled away the stone so that the world could see and verify the resurrection.
The conclusion is; the power that resurrected Christ is now made available to all human beings from the omnipotence of God the Father and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit.
Eph 1:20, “Which power He put into operation by means of Christ when He [God the Father] raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand.”
In Acts 2:31 Peter said, “He [David] looking ahead spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that He was neither abandoned in Hades nor did His flesh see decay.”
Rom 6:4, “Therefore, we have been buried with Him [Christ] through baptism into death [baptism of the Spirit] in order that, as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
2 Cor 13:4, “For indeed He was crucified because of weakness [ours], yet He lives because of the power of God.”
That is why Paul said in Phil 3:10, “That I may come to know Him and the power of His resurrection.”