We live in a world where natural death rules, but we are of resurrection life in Jesus Christ.
In Genesis 15:2-6 we read:
But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look towards heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
In the created world Abraham was right think, that at his age and with Sarah having gone through menopause, he and Sarah would not have a child. But God corrected Abraham. God could have put his correction like this. In this world after menopause women don’t have children; but Abraham you have walked by faith in me the Creator of this world. You are in this world but not of this world, and you and Sarah will conceive and give birth to a son.
Faith lives in but not of this world.
In Romans four verses sixteen to twenty-four we find a commentary on these verses in Genesis 15. A centre-point is verse twenty-four: “for us who believe in him who raised Jesus from the dead.”
The reason Abraham had a son in his old age against the dictates on the natural world, was he believed in God who gives life to the dead and calls things that don’t exist into existence. He believed in resurrection.
Now lets connect this to Jesus prayer in John 17. Jesus is praying for his disciples saying; “they are not of the world even as I am not of it”. What he is saying is the disciples have within them the same Spirit of resurrection life that’s in him.
So Christians are not of the world ruled over by natural death. Christians are born again with the same Spirit who conceived Jesus in Mary. Like Jesus we are born from above, from heaven; and like Jesus we have within us resurrection life.
In the world but not of the world
I hope you see what it means to live in the world but not be of the world. Add something in the comments below. You may ask a question others want an answer to, or see something in a way that helps unlock faith for someone else. This blog is a companion for the message at Unite church called ‘Sent to Soar’ preached on 14th October 2018.https://www.unitechurch.org.nz/all-sermons/2018/10/14/sent-to-soar
The Holy Spirit is strongly encouraging me to face all the circumstances around me in the world; with faith in resurrection. The same faith we see in Abraham, and in Jesus Christ. Faith that faces reality and believes God’s promise will happen.
The grave could not hold Jesus, death could not keep him; he arose from the dead. This is our hope. The world around me is not my hope; I am in that world but not of that world. Resurrection life is my hope.
What if we faced every feeling we had; every temptation, and every doubt, with resurrection hope?
What if we responded to every circumstance and situation with resurrection faith?
We could be in a hopeless situation, but not of that hopeless situation; so we could face the hopeless reality with hope in Gods promise.
The question is: Will we believe God can raise the dead? Will we believe God is able to save us completely? Will we believe that Jesus is resurrected and alive, and he meets our need today?
We are in a world where death rules, but we are not of that world; we are of resurrection of Jesus Christ.