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Monday, October 10, 2011

Resurrection Power

Resurrection Power

"[Christ Jesus] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 1:4 (ESV)

The Holy Spirit's power declared Jesus to be the Son of God, resurrecting Him from the dead.

DECLARED: horizo (to mark out or bound, "horizon"); from horion (a boundary-line, a frontier); from horos (a bound or limit)

The power of the Holy Spirit dramatically changed the limits of life. Jesus was no longer bound to ordinary limits of life and death...death no longer could control Him. The boundaries of Jesus now extended even to God.

The Holy Spirit removes boundaries and limits.

"If Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you." Romans 8:10-11 (ESV)

As with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit removes limitations and boundaries. Ordinary, natural human life is bounded by death. Death is seemingly inevitable and eternal, limiting humans to only a few score years of life. Yet if the Holy Spirit dwells within a person, life becomes unlimited, although not perfectly, not yet. Our mortal bodies may experience decay and death, but God promises resurrection from the dead. Life in Christ extends our borders beyond the grave!

The boundless resurrection power of the Holy Spirit will even have influence upon a person's life before death. Our bodies may experience injury or weakness or disease, yet Christ remains our Lord and His Spirit of holiness remains within us, giving us spiritual power to remain faithful and strong. Even in the midst of weakness or pain, our faith in Christ will be evident, allowing others to share in God's grace and peace.

"He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you."

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