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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Death and Resurrection, continued
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (Romans 6:21)
What was produced by our slavery to sin? Every form of corruption, humiliation, pain, sickness, destruction of all that we value, the loss of the respect of our family and loved ones, and spiritual death.
Sin is a hard master and pays off in misery and spiritual death.
In several instances in the Book of Romans Paul tells us that obedience to the body of sin results in death. Precisely what is spiritual death?
Spiritual death is the absence of the eternal Life of God.
There are two kinds of life. One kind is physical life. The other kind is eternal life.
Physical life is produced as the body burns cells, providing the energy and heat the body needs to operate. The body thus is able to grow, think, move, change its environment, speak, reproduce, and perform all other acts we associate with living. Physical life is corruptible and temporary.
Eternal life comes from Christ and is Christ. Eternal life also provides energy to perform the functions of living. Eternal life is different from physical life in that it is without sin and is in union with God. Also, eternal life is neither corruptible nor temporary.
The term resurrection refers to the animation of the body of a human being by spiritual force. All of the dead at one time or another shall stand before God in a spiritually-animated body.
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28,29)
There is a resurrection that is not to life but to judgment. In this case, the body is animated by spiritual life but not the eternal Life of God. Satan and his angels are animated by unclean spiritual life rather than flesh and blood life. The spiritual life that animates the wicked is not the Holy Spirit of God.
The bodies of the righteous dead will be animated with the eternal Life of Christ. Eternal life had been available to mankind in the garden of Eden. Access to eternal life was lost because of the rebellion of our ancestors. The goal of the redemption that is in Christ is to attain the first resurrection, the resurrection that animates the body with the incorruptible resurrection Life of Christ.
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection [Greek, out-resurrection] of the dead. (Philippians 3:11)
Let us keep in mind that eternal life is not a legal state in which we live forever. All spirits live forever in one form or another. Eternal life cannot be imputed (ascribed) to us, it is an actual Presence, virtue, substance, energy, wisdom that are given to us.
When we first receive Christ we are given a portion of His Life. God's intention after this initial gift is that we become the slave of righteousness, thus entering ever-increasing eternal life. Our Christian discipleship is a continual warfare as death and life struggle for supremacy over our personality.
The objective is to keep pressing into eternal life until we attain the resurrection to eternal, incorruptible Divine life. The Lord Jesus came that we might have abundant eternal life.
To be continued.