Living the Risen Life

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).

Sometimes God describes our heavenly life in present terms. In this passage, Paul sees the believer as already seated in the heavenly places in Christ. He sees us as we one day will be. He then unveils God’s motive: God wants to give us “immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” God has an abundance planned for His children, and He wants us to experience part of that now. We can call it the risen life.

The risen life embraces the new life. Twice in Scripture he calls us new creations:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation” (Galatians 6:15).

He makes it quite clear that the old has passed, and given way to the new. Let’s look at a few blessings of the new life:

1. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

2. The adoption into God’s family.

3. The sentence of eternal death removed from our account.

4. The promise of eternal life.

5. A calling in this life (something to do for God).

We could list many more, but consider the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He gives us new spiritual life with new values and new virtues to pursue (see Galatians 5:22-23). We need to live under His control and submit to His leading in our lives.

In summary, as we turned our backs on the haunts of the old life, so we need to enthusiastically welcome the new life. As we do, we will experience God’s smile and blessing on our life.

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