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How Alive is Alive? He Raised Us Up With Him (Part 2) - Tim Conway

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    Please turn in your Bibles to Ephesians 2.
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    I would like to have us read together
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    the first seven verses once again.
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    Remembering the context.
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    Paul says that he remembers the Ephesians
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    in his prayers,
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    and he asks that God would give them
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    the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation
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    in the knowledge of Him.
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    He wanted their eyes,
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    their hearts enlightened.
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    The hope of our calling.
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    That we would know what is
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    the immeasurable greatness of His power
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    toward us who believe
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    according to the working
    of His great might.
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    That is the issue on the table.
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    That we would have revelation of God,
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    and that we would come
    to know this power of God
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    that is being demonstrated on behalf of
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    those who believe.
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    That's what verse 19 says.
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    An immeasurable, or an
    exceeding greatness,
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    of God's power toward us who believe,
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    according to the
    working of God's great might
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    that He worked in
    Christ when He raised Him
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    from the dead.
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    That's the issue.
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    The first three verses of chapter 2
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    show us the wretchedness
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    that the power rescued us from.
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    Let's read those three verses.
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    "You were dead in the trespasses and sins
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    in which you once walked,
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    following the course of this world,
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    following the prince
    of the power of the air,
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    the spirit that is now at work
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    in the sons of disobedience,
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    among whom we all..."
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    All of us.
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    These first three verses
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    used to contain all of us.
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    "We all once lived in the
    passions of our flesh
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    carrying out the desires
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    of the body and the mind,
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    and were by nature children of wrath."
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    By nature hell-bound.
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    By nature under the
    hatred and anger of God.
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    Just like all the rest of mankind.
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    Here is the power that Paul wants us
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    to be able to perceive.
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    That our eyes might be enlightened,
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    the eyes of our hearts enlightened,
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    that we may know what this is,
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    what this power is.
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    Here comes God breaking
    in to this wretchedness
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    and this darkness.
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    This is the demonstration of His power.
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    God being rich in mercy,
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    because of the great love with
    which He loved us,
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    even when we were dead in our trespasses.
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    Nothing good in us.
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    It wasn't because of any beauty,
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    anything attractive,
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    anything desirable;
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    it was even when we were
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    dead in our trespasses.
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    God made us alive together with Christ.
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    And we looked at this last time.
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    By grace you have been saved.
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    This is salvation.
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    It is to be made alive
    together with Christ.
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    Today, I want us to focus our attention
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    in on verse 6.
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    "And raised us up with Him."
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    That's what I want to look at.
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    Next week, Lord willing,
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    "and seated us with Him (with Christ)
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    together with Christ
    in the heavenly places
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    in Christ Jesus."
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    Lord willing, two weeks,
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    "so that in the coming ages,
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    He might show the
    immeasurable riches
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    of His grace in kindness
    toward us in Christ Jesus."
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    What we need to feel here
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    is the extremity of this.
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    The extremes here.
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    In the first three verses,
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    man is at the absolute lowest point
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    of wretchedness, despair,
    and hopelessness.
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    They are in the very
    condition of fallen Adam.
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    And we need to recognize
    Adam's fall for what it is.
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    We need to recognize that Adam
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    took the human race as far down
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    as can be imagined.
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    That doesn't mean that
    every single person
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    does all the wickedness
    that is out there potentially,
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    but what we're saying is,
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    that his condition at every point -
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    his condition when it
    comes to alive or deadness,
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    his condition when it
    comes to the world,
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    his condition when it comes to Satan,
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    his condition when it
    comes to disobedience,
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    his condition when it
    comes to the wrath of God,
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    and when it comes to lust...
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    he's at the bottom of the barrel.
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    And God flexes His almighty power.
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    And here's the thing
    that you have to recognize,
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    when God saves a man,
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    He exalts man as high as
    the man Jesus Christ Himself.
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    Do you recognize that?
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    Do you recognize that
    when God saves a person,
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    He doesn't take us any place lower
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    than where Christ is Himself.
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    That's how high He takes us.
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    That's the extremity here.
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    These verses are extreme.
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    They describe the utter extremities.
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    And you know what?
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    Man never dwells in the middle.
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    And this is a big problem.
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    This is where we go wrong so often.
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    When we look at lost men,
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    we don't think they're
    as lost as they are.
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    And when we look at Christians,
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    we don't recognize that
    they are as high as they are.
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    We tend to take the edge off on both ends.
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    Scripture doesn't do it.
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    Scripture says if you're lost,
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    it's extreme!
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    If you're saved,
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    it's the other extreme!
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    Man only lives at the poles.
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    The farthest reaches of the North Pole
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    or the farthest reaches of the South Pole
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    and no one lives in between.
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    And we go wrong there all the time.
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    We imagine people living
    in between all the time.
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    We imagine Christians being
    much lower than they are.
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    And we imagine lost man not nearly
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    being as bad as he is.
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    But you see it right here.
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    Listen, this is the way things really are.
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    This is the Apostle Paul under
    the inspiration of God.
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    The Holy Spirit is leading
    this apostle along
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    to rightly evaluate the state of mankind.
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    That's what we have.
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    There's no middle ground.
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    None.
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    Every man is either way down
    in the depths of wretchedness,
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    or he is far up
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    on the great majestic
    mountaintops of Christianity,
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    in all the glory.
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    The problem is it doesn't
    feel that way often to us.
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    But, Christian, the real issue here is,
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    is Paul wants us to
    know what's true of us,
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    if we're Christians.
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    He wants us to know
    what God has done
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    to us and for us.
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    He is still interested that we get
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    this revelation of a knowledge of God
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    and what God has done for us.
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    That's the issue here.
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    Remember, God is the subject matter here.
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    We are not.
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    This is not mainly about what you are
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    as much as what God has done
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    to make you what you are.
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    That's the emphasis in these verses.
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    But undoubtedly we end up with who we are.
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    What we are.
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    Where we are.
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    And that's a reality.
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    God's immeasurable greatness of His power.
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    What has it done for us?
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    So, let's turn our attention to verse 6.
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    Look at it.
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    Further seek to behold this power of God.
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    What has the power of God done?
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    You see, we don't see it
    flash out like lightning.
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    We don't see it come down as a thunderbolt
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    and consume Nadab and Abihu.
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    It's not like that.
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    We get saved,
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    and sometimes to the visual eye,
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    people watching us,
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    there's changes in the life,
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    but it's not like all of a sudden
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    we're branded on the forehead.
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    It's not all of a sudden like we glow.
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    And nevertheless, there is a reality here.
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    Look at this. Verse 6.
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    "And God..."
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    I'm pulling "God," - that God is the subject
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    from verse 4.
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    "God raised us up with Him."
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    Or together. God raised us up together.
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    The "with Christ" is implied
    from the verse before.
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    The verb carries the meaning:
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    to cause to rise together.
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    It's the idea of a whole
    room full of people
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    rising together.
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    Listen to this.
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    In Isaiah 14:9, when you go back
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    and you look at the Septuagint,
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    the Old Testament Greek translation.
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    We find this exact verb.
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    And you know what it's used to describe
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    there in Isaiah 14?
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    It's used to describe the destruction
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    of the king of Babylon.
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    And do you know what God says?
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    God says when you, king of Babylon,
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    are destroyed, the
    kings of all the nations
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    are going to stand together
    from off their throne.
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    I know a lot of you
    have things in your lap.
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    Maybe it's not convenient.
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    But you know what,
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    I'm going to ask you all to stand.
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    When I count to three.
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    Not yet.
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    So if you've got
    something in your lap
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    that's prohibiting it,
    set it aside for a second.
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    I'm going to ask
    you all to stand.
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    And what I want you to do
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    is listen to the sound.
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    One, two, three.
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    Ok, sit.
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    You all stood together.
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    You all did the action
    that this verb carries.
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    The thing is, you all
    did it in your strength.
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    The reality that we have here
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    is that when Christ rose,
    it was by the power of God
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    and by that power, we all rose with Him.
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    That's the reality.
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    This greatness of the power of God
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    pulled us all up.
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    All Christians pulled up with Him.
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    What Paul is saying,
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    is that when Christ rose from the dead
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    and stood and threw
    off those grave clothes,
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    there was a sound.
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    Not literally.
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    But there was a sound of a multitude
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    from every tribe and tongue,
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    from every people, from every nation,
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    that came up with Him.
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    That's the reality.
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    And then, what happens is
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    Christ went even higher.
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    We saw it.
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    He soars through the skies.
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    Through the heavens
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    as a great high priest,
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    He soared through the heavens,
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    and He's taken up to the right hand.
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    And you see from the portion of this verse
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    that we're going to deal with next time,
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    we went with Him.
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    There is a sound of a multitude
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    being taken up altogether with Him.
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    That's what the power of God has done.
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    God binds the Christian to Christ.
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    One with Him.
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    So that what happened to
    Jesus Christ in the physical realm,
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    it happens to us in the spiritual.
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    Here's the thing.
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    You have to get this.
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    The verb itself carries the idea
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    of raised together.
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    The context doesn't mean
    just all of us together.
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    The context dictates
    it's together with Christ.
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    Now think with me.
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    Do you know what the apostle is doing?
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    He's got in mind a historical reality.
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    He's got in mind facts.
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    Something that actually happened
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    in the course of time.
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    He is looking back to an event
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    that took place,
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    and he's tying that together
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    with the reality of
    the spiritual condition
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    of every Christian.
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    The Roman governor Pilate.
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    He had the scourge laid to His back.
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    Think with me.
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    Go back here.
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    The Roman soldiers...
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    they twisted together thorns.
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    You think they were kind in the way
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    they placed that on His head?
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    About as kind as the way they placed
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    the reed in His right hand,
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    and took it out and began to
    whack Him in the head with it.
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    It says that they smote
    Him with their hands.
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    It says that they spit on Him.
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    The Jews had already done that,
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    there with the high priest,
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    they'd already spit on Him.
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    Now the Romans are spitting on Him.
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    Luke's account says they beat Him.
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    They robed Him with purple.
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    They fell down before Him.
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    "Hail, King of the Jews!"
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    And you know what they did?
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    They nailed Him to a tree.
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    They hung Him on that tree by nails.
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    He bore our sins in
    His own body on that tree.
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    And He hung there and He suffered.
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    And He came to the place where
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    He bowed His head
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    and He gave up His spirit.
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    He gave up His spirit.
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    His spirit left His body.
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    He was dead.
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    He was actually physically dead.
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    And they made certain He was dead.
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    And they rammed a
    spear up through His side
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    and blood and water came out.
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    And His lifeless body was taken down.
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    And they brought myrrh
    and they brought aloes,
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    and there was a nearby tomb,
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    and they put His body in there,
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    and they took a great big stone
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    and they sealed the tomb.
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    And that's historical fact.
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    And they sealed it.
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    And He was dead.
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    And He was in there and He was dead.
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    For three days.
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    That is the reality.
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    Jesus Christ laid down
    His life for His sheep.
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    He was dead.
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    He was physically, actually,
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    historically, literally dead.
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    He was dead for three days.
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    It's historical fact.
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    And Paul's looking at that.
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    And he says Christian,
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    you are not separated from that.
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    You are integral with it.
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    You are one with what happened there.
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    That is not something separate.
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    What was happening there,
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    you're tied to it.
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    You're united to it.
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    You're one with it.
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    And glory to God that it be so,
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    because there is such spiritual realities
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    that Paul means to communicate to us
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    about our connection to that.
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    Here's the thing.
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    He didn't stay dead.
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    On the first day of the week,
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    at the early dawn,
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    some of His disciples went to the tomb.
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    And what did they find?
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    I'll tell you what they found.
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    They found an earthquake.
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    They found that the angel
    of the Lord had descended.
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    They found the stone,
    but it had been rolled away.
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    They found the guards,
    but they were unconscious from fear.
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    They found the grave clothes.
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    They found the linen
    that had covered His face.
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    But they didn't find any body.
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    You go to Mohammad's grave,
    there's a body there.
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    You go to all the pope's graves,
    there are bodies there.
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    This one was empty.
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    The body of Christ was gone.
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    Do you remember the account?
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    Two angels in dazzling apparel -
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    says to these ladies,
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    why are you seeking the
    living among the dead?
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    It's not appropriate for
    them to be here anymore.
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    Don't you remember what He said to you?
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    He said He would be taken by the hands
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    of sinful men,
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    and they would crucify Him,
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    and on the third day,
    He was going to rise.
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    And that's exactly what happened.
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    That morning of the third day,
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    the grave of the Savior
    of the world was empty.
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    And Christian, it's got
    everything to do with you.
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    That's what Paul is saying here.
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    He had been dead.
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    That was very much real.
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    The truth is there had been a dead body
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    in that tomb.
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    Sin and death had done their uttermost
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    to keep Him there.
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    All seemed lost, did it not?
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    The two on the road to Emmaus,
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    they're saying we thought it had been Him,
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    but all is lost.
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    I mean, they killed Him.
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    What now?
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    Our hope is dashed.
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    And the reality is,
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    as a man, Christ was dead
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    just as any man dies.
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    He was in the realm of the dead.
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    It appeared to be the end.
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    But, it was not so.
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    And this is where the
    raw power of God comes in.
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    God raised Him up
    loosing the pangs of death.
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    For it was not possible
    for death to hold Him.
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    Why?
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    The wages of sin is death.
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    But if sin is paid, death has no hold.
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    It couldn't hold Him.
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    There was no legal
    right for it to hold Him.
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    God loosed the pangs of death.
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    Don't you love that?
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    It was not possible for death to hold Him.
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    And when Jesus came to life,
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    here's the thing,
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    we looked at last week -
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    life! life!
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    But you know what?
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    When Christ came alive,
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    can you imagine if
    He would come alive
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    and then just stayed there.
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    Well, this is a comfortable place.
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    I think I'll just relax
    here and sleep awhile.
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    I think I'll just hang out
    here in the tomb.
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    That's not what happened.
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    Living people don't stay
    under the death clothes.
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    They come out!
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    Our Christ is the living Christ.
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    That's the reality.
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    He no longer stays there
    wrapped in the death clothes.
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    He's alive.
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    He's arisen.
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    He's come forth.
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    We say to Catholicism,
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    we abominate your dead
    Christ on that crucifix!
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    Our Christ isn't there any longer.
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    He came out!
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    He's alive!
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    He's really alive!
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    And forevermore.
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    He's not going back there.
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    Be gone with that.
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    Forty days later,
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    He rose even higher.
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    He soared through the heavens.
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    And He came down on that throne
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    at the very right hand of God.
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    And the reality is, brethren,
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    this is history.
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    This is not fiction.
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    This is a historical fact.
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    And what Paul is doing
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    is he says that historical fact
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    and you, Christian, where you are today,
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    there is a vital connection.
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    That's the teaching at the
    beginning of verse 6 here.
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    You have been raised
    together with Christ.
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    That's the reality.
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    That's the historical reality.
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    What the Apostle Paul is
    saying to these Ephesians
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    is that your salvation is tied to that,
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    and your salvation is comparable to that.
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    In other words, what happened there
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    is true, just as actual,
    just as historical
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    a fact it is that He rose,
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    so there are actual and historical facts
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    that are true about your life.
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    Oh yes, what happened
    to Him was physical.
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    What happens to you is spiritual.
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    But just as real, just as historical.
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    Just as true, just as living and actual.
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    You think of Christ.
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    There He was.
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    He was in a state of corruption.
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    Now, I know, the psalm
    says that He wasn't left
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    in the state of corruption,
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    but He was dead.
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    He was dead for real.
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    For three days.
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    God didn't leave Him
    in a state of corruption.
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    But death is a state of corruption.
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    And He was in that state.
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    He was in that realm of death.
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    That's where He was.
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    The tomb was closed.
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    It was dark in there.
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    But then He's alive.
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    And once alive, He doesn't
    keep company with the dead.
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    What does He do?
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    Paul over in 1 Corinthians 15 says
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    He went and He showed
    Himself to 500 people,
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    most of whom were still alive
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    when Paul penned that
    letter to the Corinthians.
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    See, brethren, this is real.
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    Real brethren, upwards of 500
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    actually saw Him risen.
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    They were actually able to
    see what Thomas saw.
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    Nail prints in His hands.
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    He bore the wounds.
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    This is real.
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    He really appeared.
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    Paul really wrote a
    letter to the Corinthians,
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    and at the time when He wrote it,
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    there really were the vast majority
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    of these 500 brethren still alive.
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    Can you imagine that?
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    Can you imagine...
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    you come in from somewhere,
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    and it's like yeah, 500 of us saw Him!
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    Tell me!
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    What was it like?
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    Man, 500 of you got to see Him?
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    Lord, why couldn't I have
    been one of them?
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    That was real.
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    But here's the thing,
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    when you rise from the dead,
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    you don't go on living in the tomb.
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    That's the reality.
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    He doesn't keep the grave clothes on.
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    Why?
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    He's alive.
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    Paul is drawing a direct
    correlation between
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    that which was true of Him
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    and what is true of you,
    if you are a Christian.
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    So what does that tell
    us about a Christian?
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    Brethren, I'll tell you what it
    tells us about the Christian.
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    Do you remember those women?
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    What were they going
    there to the tomb to find?
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    What were they going looking for?
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    What were they talking about
    when they were going there?
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    Anybody remember?
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    The stone.
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    What was their concern?
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    How are we going to roll it away?
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    We're just a group of women.
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    That thing is big.
    That thing is heavy.
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    It probably took a whole
    bunch of strong men
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    to roll that thing there.
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    They sealed it.
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    See, they were bringing more spices.
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    They wanted to anoint
    His body even furthermore
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    than the 75 pounds that Nicodemus brought.
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    But what was the reality?
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    I'll tell you what the reality is.
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    The reality is that
    when they got to the tomb,
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    they found a bunch
    of things there.
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    They found a bunch
    of things to be true,
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    but they didn't find a body.
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    Christ wasn't in there.
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    Let me tell you this.
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    You can send a group of women
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    to go look in the first
    three verses for you,
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    if you're a true Christian,
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    they're not going to find you there.
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    Same reality.
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    You're not there anymore.
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    That's the tomb.
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    Don't you get it?
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    The first three verses
    are the spiritual tomb.
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    That is death.
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    Dead in trespasses and sins.
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    There it is.
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    That's the grave.
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    That's the place of death.
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    Send somebody there to find you now,
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    you're not there.
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    Why?
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    Because you're not going to
    find the living among the dead.
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    Same truth.
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    You see, there's a correlation.
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    That's the reality.
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    And the question is,
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    the question that I have
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    and the question that I
    brought up last week is
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    how do we know this?
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    I mean, experientially?
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    That's what I'm interested in.
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    How do I know this reality?
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    I don't have it tattooed on my head.
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    What does this feel like?
  • 27:09 - 27:14
    What does being raised
    with Christ look like
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    in actual experience and practice?
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    I want to know this.
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    I think you should
    want to know this.
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    Why?
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    Because one thing I know about this book,
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    is that this book never assumes that
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    everybody that's in the church is genuine.
  • 27:34 - 27:37
    I want the real deal.
  • 27:37 - 27:38
    I want to see in my life
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    what this being raised
    together with Christ looks like.
  • 27:44 - 27:47
    I want to know that that's real.
  • 27:47 - 27:48
    What is this?
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    What does this mean?
  • 27:50 - 27:52
    We've got wheat and tares.
  • 27:52 - 27:54
    What's the distinction?
  • 27:54 - 27:56
    We've got some that Jesus described
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    as not having root in themselves.
  • 28:00 - 28:02
    I want the real deal.
  • 28:02 - 28:04
    I want to know this.
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    What does it look like in real life
  • 28:06 - 28:08
    to genuinely be raised
    together with Jesus Christ?
  • 28:08 - 28:17
    What is the experience that a
    person has when this happens?
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    Because Paul is not saying this
    happens to some people.
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    This is Christianity.
  • 28:26 - 28:30
    Remember, by grace you have been saved.
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    Those are the words right before this.
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    This has to do with salvation.
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    Not just the elite.
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    Not just apostles.
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    Not just certain privileged
    early first century Christians.
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    This is saved.
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    Well, brethren, the Apostle Paul
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    gives us the most detailed commentary
  • 29:00 - 29:04
    on this in Romans 6.
  • 29:04 - 29:06
    So let's go to Romans 6.
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    We're going to spend the
    rest of our time there.
  • 29:11 - 29:14
    Because there really is no place...
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    for one, this is great, because it's Paul.
  • 29:17 - 29:21
    Because it's the same author of Ephesians.
  • 29:21 - 29:23
    His terminology, his thought process,
  • 29:23 - 29:26
    the way he communicates is going to tend
  • 29:26 - 29:27
    to be the same.
  • 29:27 - 29:31
    It's the same person.
  • 29:31 - 29:34
    This is where the apostle gives us
  • 29:34 - 29:45
    the greatest commentary
    on this whole idea.
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    Just to let a little light through
  • 29:49 - 29:52
    let's read the first 14 verses.
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    I know we simply cannot attempt to fathom
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    and explore the depths of this right now.
  • 30:01 - 30:05
    And I don't even want to try to do that.
  • 30:05 - 30:07
    But I want to pull
    several things out of here
  • 30:07 - 30:10
    that I think are extremely helpful.
  • 30:10 - 30:13
    So, Romans 6:1,
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    "What shall we say then?"
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    Ok, that tells us something else has
  • 30:19 - 30:21
    already been said here.
  • 30:21 - 30:22
    Let me tell you what's been said
  • 30:22 - 30:25
    in very compact form.
  • 30:25 - 30:34
    Paul has just said that where sin abounds,
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    grace also doth much more abound.
  • 30:40 - 30:47
    In other words, nobody
    is too bad to be saved.
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    You say, yeah, I see that
    guy over there got saved,
  • 30:50 - 30:52
    but I've got ten times as much.
  • 30:52 - 30:55
    And Paul says, where sin abounds,
  • 30:55 - 31:02
    God's grace is sufficient to
    go even higher than that.
  • 31:02 - 31:06
    There's no amount of
    sin you can confess
  • 31:06 - 31:09
    that God's grace is not higher still.
  • 31:09 - 31:11
    That's the point.
  • 31:11 - 31:13
    But see, somebody comes along and says,
  • 31:13 - 31:15
    Whoa, whoa, whoa... you teach that,
  • 31:15 - 31:17
    and you are basically going to give people
  • 31:17 - 31:20
    a license to sin.
  • 31:20 - 31:23
    Because people will say,
    well, if that's true
  • 31:23 - 31:26
    what prohibits me from being twice as bad
  • 31:26 - 31:28
    as the worst man who ever lived?
  • 31:28 - 31:32
    And still isn't grace sufficient?
  • 31:32 - 31:38
    And we would say, yes, it is.
  • 31:38 - 31:40
    What then?
  • 31:40 - 31:42
    Should we just continue in sin,
  • 31:42 - 31:44
    that grace may abound?
  • 31:44 - 31:45
    I'll tell you this.
  • 31:45 - 31:49
    Brethren, the Gospel is a dangerous truth.
  • 31:49 - 31:51
    But I'll tell you this,
  • 31:51 - 31:53
    you're not preaching it right if you don't
  • 31:53 - 31:57
    lead people to think
    that it's so absolutely free
  • 31:57 - 32:00
    that it produces this
    question in their minds.
  • 32:00 - 32:04
    You're not preaching
    the Gospel free enough,
  • 32:04 - 32:06
    if it's not leading people to say,
  • 32:06 - 32:07
    wait a second!
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    Because that's what
    happens in people's minds.
  • 32:09 - 32:11
    If you say that there's
    nothing for me to do
  • 32:11 - 32:13
    and it's not my works
    and it's not my morality
  • 32:13 - 32:16
    and it's not my goodness
    and it's none of that?
  • 32:16 - 32:18
    You're saying the grace of God
  • 32:18 - 32:20
    just comes in and nothing on my part,
  • 32:20 - 32:23
    no merit on my part,
  • 32:23 - 32:26
    and it's just going to
    wash away all my sins,
  • 32:26 - 32:28
    I'm going to be forgiven
    and taken to heaven?
  • 32:28 - 32:32
    And we say, that's exactly right.
  • 32:32 - 32:33
    But if that's true,
  • 32:33 - 32:37
    what keeps me from just living on in sin?
  • 32:37 - 32:38
    Grace.
  • 32:38 - 32:40
    It should be sufficient even to cover
  • 32:40 - 32:43
    the sin I commit tomorrow, right?
  • 32:43 - 32:45
    And Paul confronts that.
  • 32:45 - 32:47
    And he says, what then?
  • 32:47 - 32:49
    Is that what we're saying?
  • 32:49 - 32:53
    Do we just continue in sin
    now that we're Christians?
  • 32:53 - 32:56
    That grace might abound?
  • 32:56 - 32:59
    And he says,
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    how can you?
  • 33:03 - 33:05
    There's a reason why you can't.
  • 33:05 - 33:06
    Watch.
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    By no means.
  • 33:08 - 33:10
    How can we?
  • 33:10 - 33:13
    Why? Well, something has happened.
  • 33:13 - 33:18
    How can we who
    died to sin still live in it?
  • 33:18 - 33:20
    "Do you not know that all of us
  • 33:20 - 33:22
    have been baptized into Christ Jesus?"
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    That we're baptized into His death.
  • 33:24 - 33:26
    So what you see here is...
  • 33:26 - 33:30
    with Christ; into Christ;
  • 33:30 - 33:33
    there's "into His death."
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    There's a oneness.
  • 33:34 - 33:36
    The union.
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    We were buried therefore, with Him,
  • 33:38 - 33:40
    by baptism into death.
  • 33:40 - 33:41
    Now, here it is.
  • 33:41 - 33:43
    Here's the resurrection.
  • 33:43 - 33:47
    Here's the being raised.
  • 33:47 - 33:50
    "Just as Christ was raised from the dead
  • 33:50 - 33:53
    by the glory of the Father..."
  • 33:53 - 33:58
    we too will be raised.
  • 33:58 - 34:00
    Now he doesn't use that language,
  • 34:00 - 34:02
    but that's clearly what he implies.
  • 34:02 - 34:09
    He describes it as we too... what?
  • 34:09 - 34:13
    "We too walk in life."
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    See, we've been
    raised to life with Him.
  • 34:15 - 34:19
    It's a newness of life.
  • 34:19 - 34:25
    "For if we have been united with Him,"
  • 34:25 - 34:27
    see the union?
  • 34:27 - 34:29
    "in a death like His,
  • 34:29 - 34:32
    we shall certainly be united with Him
  • 34:32 - 34:38
    in a resurrection like His."
  • 34:38 - 34:42
    Now, brethren, he's not talking here
  • 34:42 - 34:47
    about resurrection when your
    body comes out of the grave.
  • 34:47 - 34:49
    That's not what he's talking about.
  • 34:49 - 34:51
    He's talking about why Christians
  • 34:51 - 34:55
    don't continue in sin right now.
  • 34:55 - 34:58
    You say, but it's future tense.
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    We shall certainly be united with Him
  • 35:00 - 35:01
    in a resurrection.
  • 35:01 - 35:02
    Yeah, but see, the thing is
  • 35:02 - 35:07
    he's putting it in
    relationship to the death.
  • 35:07 - 35:08
    There's a death
  • 35:08 - 35:12
    and the resurrection follows.
  • 35:12 - 35:17
    We have a resurrection like His.
  • 35:17 - 35:20
    You basically look at the vast majority
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    of commentators -
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    they're all on the same page here.
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    That the argument has to do,
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    notice verse five starts with a "for."
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    It means, he's going on to explain further
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    the idea, the concept of
    Christ being raised from the dead,
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    and we too also being
    raised to this newness of life.
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    We've been united with
    Him in a death like His.
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    And then what follows is
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    we shall certainly be united with Him
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    in a resurrection like His.
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    And the argument is,
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    why doesn't the Christian continue in sin?
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    Newness of life.
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    Regeneration.
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    We have experienced
    a resurrection like His.
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    He came forth from the grave.
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    We come forth from the grave.
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    We're no longer in those
    first three verses of Ephesians 2.
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    We've come out.
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    Send the women
    to look for you.
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    If you're a Christian,
    you're not in there.
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    If you can look and
    somebody can finds you
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    back in those first three verses,
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    it's because you have not been raised.
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    That's the reason.
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    Six.
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    "We know that our old self
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    was crucified with Him
    in order that the body
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    of sin might be brought to nothing.
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    So that we would no
    longer be enslaved to sin."
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    This is why you cannot continue.
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    Regeneration.
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    You are a new person.
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    You're no longer enslaved to sin.
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    You can't.
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    The body of sin being brought to nothing.
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    "For the one who has died..."
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    The word here "set free,"
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    in the ESV is actually
    the word "justified."
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    It seems like what he's saying here is
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    you who are dead to sin
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    are the ones who are truly justified.
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    In other words,
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    this free reality of grace abounding
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    to the chief of sinners.
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    That if you've actually experienced this,
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    you've died to sin.
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    The two go hand in hand.
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    That seems like the truth there.
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    But we don't have time to stay there.
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    "Now, if we have died with Christ,
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    we believe we will also live with Him."
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    There it is.
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    The life with Him.
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    Now notice,
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    he's not talking about the future.
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    He's not talking about when we die.
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    He's not talking about
    when Christ returns.
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    Notice, "we know that Christ being raised
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    from the dead will never die again.
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    Death no longer has dominion over Him.
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    For the death He died, He died to sin."
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    How did He die to sin?
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    He died because He became sin for us
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    in our place,
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    that we might become the
    righteousness of God in Him.
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    That's how He died to it.
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    And He was done with it.
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    Look, the reality is,
    the life He lives now,
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    He lives to God.
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    So, here's the conclusion of all of that.
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    Not something out there in the future
  • 38:10 - 38:12
    about your body being
    raised from the dead.
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    The reality of this truth has to do
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    with how you live your life right now.
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    And why you cannot
    continue in sin right now.
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    So, you must right now consider yourselves
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    dead to sin, alive to God in Christ Jesus.
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    Now, brethren, here's the thing.
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    Death here is not the same as
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    death in Ephesians 2.
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    In Ephesians 2:1, it says you were dead
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    in trespasses and sins.
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    That's when you were lost.
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    The death here in Romans 6
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    is death to sin.
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    Not dead in sin.
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    It's dead to sin.
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    It's actually the death that
    you experience as a Christian.
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    The death over in Ephesians 2 is a death
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    you experience as a non-Christian.
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    That is the importance.
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    The resurrection here is the
    same as the resurrection over there.
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    But Paul is speaking
    about two different deaths.
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    It's important that you see that.
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    But here's the thing,
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    brethren, are we supposed
    to continue in sin?
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    That's the question that's on the table.
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    He takes us to resurrection.
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    He takes us to newness of life.
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    He takes us to being raised with Him.
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    He takes us to being alive to God.
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    But here's the reality of all of it.
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    Here's the flow of the argument.
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    He's not trying to convince us about
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    any realities concerning
    our future resurrection.
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    Now all that's true.
  • 40:06 - 40:09
    As a Christian, your body's
    coming out of the grave.
  • 40:09 - 40:12
    But if you want to know about that,
  • 40:12 - 40:14
    this isn't the text.
  • 40:14 - 40:15
    Some place like 1 Corinthians 15,
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    that's where you want to go to see
  • 40:18 - 40:21
    the beauties and the reality of that.
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    Here he's speaking about
    the same spiritual reality
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    that takes place in
    the life of the Christian
  • 40:28 - 40:30
    as he's talking about over in Ephesians 2.
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    Which is directly
    connected with this reality
  • 40:33 - 40:38
    that we are raised together with Christ.
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    That's the thing.
  • 40:42 - 40:45
    And the whole thrust of the argument,
  • 40:45 - 40:48
    what shall we say then?
  • 40:48 - 40:50
    Are we to continue in sin?
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    Now, brethren, he's
    not talking perfection.
  • 40:54 - 40:57
    Don't miss that.
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    You say how do you know that?
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    What makes you think that
    this isn't perfection here?
  • 41:02 - 41:08
    Saying you're dead to
    sin sounds pretty dogmatic.
  • 41:08 - 41:14
    Sounds pretty all-encompassing.
  • 41:14 - 41:16
    Well, we could go over some place
  • 41:16 - 41:17
    like 1 John and I could say,
  • 41:17 - 41:21
    little children, I write to
    you that you sin not,
  • 41:21 - 41:24
    but if you sin, we have
    an Advocate with the Father.
  • 41:24 - 41:25
    We could go somewhere else.
  • 41:25 - 41:27
    But just looking right in the context,
  • 41:27 - 41:28
    what might be some giveaways
  • 41:28 - 41:37
    that he's not actually speaking
    about total perfection here?
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    Brethren, I think the reality of this
  • 41:43 - 41:48
    is that you see the battle.
  • 41:48 - 41:52
    For one, he uses the terminology dominion.
  • 41:52 - 41:54
    Notice it in verse 9.
  • 41:54 - 41:58
    "Death no longer has dominion over Him."
  • 41:58 - 42:02
    No longer dominates Christ.
  • 42:02 - 42:03
    But notice this word again,
  • 42:03 - 42:06
    at least in the ESV if you go down to 14,
  • 42:06 - 42:14
    "Sin will have no dominion over you."
  • 42:14 - 42:15
    That's the issue.
  • 42:15 - 42:19
    It's dominance.
  • 42:19 - 42:20
    It's dominion.
  • 42:20 - 42:23
    It's not total eradication.
  • 42:23 - 42:25
    In fact, you get a further idea of this
  • 42:25 - 42:30
    just in the nature of the battle
  • 42:30 - 42:33
    as it's portrayed by Paul here.
  • 42:33 - 42:37
    Do you all see it there?
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    Notice, verse 10,
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    "the death He died, He died to sin
  • 42:43 - 42:45
    once for all, but the life He lives,
  • 42:45 - 42:46
    He lives to God.
  • 42:46 - 42:51
    So, you also must consider yourselves
  • 42:51 - 42:57
    dead to sin and alive
    to God in Christ Jesus."
  • 42:57 - 43:02
    This is a reality that he
    wants flooding your minds.
  • 43:02 - 43:04
    But notice the battle here.
  • 43:04 - 43:09
    Let not sin, therefore,
    reign in your mortal body
  • 43:09 - 43:12
    to make you obey its passions.
  • 43:12 - 43:15
    In other words, sin is
    going to seek to reign
  • 43:15 - 43:18
    in your mortal bodies.
  • 43:18 - 43:19
    Fight it.
  • 43:19 - 43:23
    You go further in this
    letter to Romans 8:13,
  • 43:23 - 43:26
    "by the Spirit, we put to death
    the deeds of the body."
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    That's life.
  • 43:28 - 43:31
    This is life here.
  • 43:31 - 43:33
    Verse 13.
  • 43:33 - 43:34
    This is the battle.
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    "Do not present your members to sin
  • 43:36 - 43:39
    as instruments for unrighteousness,
  • 43:39 - 43:42
    but present yourselves to God as those
  • 43:42 - 43:44
    who have been brought..."
  • 43:44 - 43:45
    Here it is.
  • 43:45 - 43:53
    Live as one who's been
    brought from death to life.
  • 43:53 - 44:00
    You have come out with Christ.
  • 44:00 - 44:04
    Here's the experiential reality
  • 44:04 - 44:06
    about being raised together with Christ.
  • 44:06 - 44:08
    It's got everything to do with sin.
  • 44:08 - 44:11
    Because listen,
  • 44:11 - 44:15
    the death of those first
    three verses of Ephesians 2,
  • 44:15 - 44:20
    it's dead in sin.
  • 44:20 - 44:24
    Dead in sin.
  • 44:24 - 44:27
    The opposite: alive to God.
  • 44:27 - 44:29
    Because sin is everything
    that's against Him.
  • 44:29 - 44:32
    Sin falls short of the glory.
  • 44:32 - 44:33
    It doesn't seek the glory.
  • 44:33 - 44:35
    It doesn't desire the glory of God.
  • 44:35 - 44:37
    It's beneath the glory.
  • 44:37 - 44:39
    It's constantly living for self.
  • 44:39 - 44:42
    God isn't in the focus.
  • 44:42 - 44:43
    It's not that.
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    And it's coming away
    from that death of sin.
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    Being made alive to God.
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    That's the reality.
  • 44:52 - 44:57
    How can we who have
    died to sin still live in it?
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    Why?
  • 44:58 - 44:59
    You can't.
  • 44:59 - 45:02
    Because you've been
    raised together with Christ.
  • 45:02 - 45:03
    He came out of the grave.
  • 45:03 - 45:06
    You've come out of the grave
    of those first three verses.
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    Listen.
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    Think about how ludicrous it would be
  • 45:12 - 45:15
    to imagine Him being made alive
  • 45:15 - 45:19
    and to stay there under the linen,
  • 45:19 - 45:20
    in the dark,
  • 45:20 - 45:22
    in the tomb,
  • 45:22 - 45:26
    behind the rock.
  • 45:26 - 45:28
    The women didn't find Him.
  • 45:28 - 45:29
    Why?
  • 45:29 - 45:31
    Because when you're made alive,
  • 45:31 - 45:33
    you don't stay in the tomb.
  • 45:33 - 45:35
    When you're made alive,
  • 45:35 - 45:37
    it's an obvious fact.
  • 45:37 - 45:39
    Didn't the angels think
    it was very obvious?
  • 45:39 - 45:44
    Why are you seeking Him among the dead?
  • 45:44 - 45:47
    Don't you know that you don't find
  • 45:47 - 45:52
    the living among the dead?
  • 45:52 - 45:55
    This is the experiential reality.
  • 45:55 - 45:59
    Brethren, we came out from among the dead.
  • 45:59 - 46:01
    Among whom we all once lived
  • 46:01 - 46:04
    in the passions of our flesh.
  • 46:04 - 46:08
    Carrying out the desires,
  • 46:08 - 46:11
    the lusts of the flesh,
  • 46:11 - 46:13
    the lusts of the body,
  • 46:13 - 46:15
    the lusts of the mind.
  • 46:15 - 46:17
    This is what we came out of.
  • 46:17 - 46:20
    But you don't stay there.
  • 46:20 - 46:22
    That's the reality.
  • 46:22 - 46:24
    Brethren, that is the reality.
  • 46:24 - 46:26
    That's what we find to be.
  • 46:26 - 46:29
    Our relationship with sin
    has entirely changed.
  • 46:29 - 46:32
    Jesus' relationship with sin, with death,
  • 46:32 - 46:34
    had entirely changed,
  • 46:34 - 46:36
    and He doesn't stay in the grave.
  • 46:36 - 46:38
    He was dead to sin forevermore.
  • 46:38 - 46:40
    Not that He ever committed any sin.
  • 46:40 - 46:42
    He was dead to it in another way.
  • 46:42 - 46:43
    He conquered it.
  • 46:43 - 46:44
    He became sin.
  • 46:44 - 46:45
    He paid it.
  • 46:45 - 46:46
    He was done with it, period.
  • 46:46 - 46:48
    Once and for all.
  • 46:48 - 46:50
    All over.
  • 46:50 - 46:52
    You have been brought out of the grave,
  • 46:52 - 46:53
    once and for all.
  • 46:53 - 46:55
    You are no longer a slave to sin.
  • 46:55 - 46:57
    You are no longer a servant to sin.
  • 46:57 - 47:00
    You're a slave to God.
  • 47:00 - 47:01
    Peter says it.
  • 47:01 - 47:02
    Paul says it.
  • 47:02 - 47:03
    A slave to God.
  • 47:03 - 47:05
    Yes, the translations
    don't like to use it.
  • 47:05 - 47:09
    It's politcally an incorrect term.
  • 47:09 - 47:10
    You listen to some of the translators
  • 47:10 - 47:13
    as they talk about why they chose one word
  • 47:13 - 47:15
    over another in the English translations.
  • 47:15 - 47:17
    It's a hot topic.
  • 47:17 - 47:18
    It's a hot word.
  • 47:18 - 47:19
    People don't like to use it.
  • 47:19 - 47:21
    Because it just produces
    too much negative imagery.
  • 47:21 - 47:25
    Especially with the history that we
    have in the United States of America.
  • 47:25 - 47:27
    But I'll tell you this, brethren,
  • 47:27 - 47:28
    we are free.
  • 47:28 - 47:29
    We are free.
  • 47:29 - 47:36
    And the truest freedom is
    to live unto the will of God.
  • 47:36 - 47:38
    That is true freedom.
  • 47:38 - 47:41
    True freedom is when we love God
  • 47:41 - 47:43
    and we're no longer in the bondage of sin.
  • 47:43 - 47:46
    To be a slave under that master,
  • 47:46 - 47:49
    is to be under the whip all the time.
  • 47:49 - 47:53
    Do this, do that, do this other thing!
  • 47:53 - 47:57
    Brethren, that's not how
    we live any longer.
  • 47:57 - 47:58
    You get people that say,
  • 47:58 - 48:05
    "show me in the Bible where that's wrong!"
  • 48:05 - 48:08
    Brethren, that's to miss the whole spirit.
  • 48:08 - 48:10
    Of course, we go to our Bibles.
  • 48:10 - 48:14
    But it's like we found there in Peter.
  • 48:14 - 48:19
    It's the will of God.
  • 48:19 - 48:21
    It's what God loves.
  • 48:21 - 48:22
    We're not always asking,
  • 48:22 - 48:23
    what's the rules?
  • 48:23 - 48:27
    Show me the rules?
  • 48:27 - 48:30
    Show me all the lists.
  • 48:30 - 48:32
    That's not it.
  • 48:32 - 48:34
    That's what people do who are
  • 48:34 - 48:36
    under the slave master.
  • 48:36 - 48:39
    Who are under law.
  • 48:39 - 48:43
    We are free to live to the will of God.
  • 48:43 - 48:43
    Why?
  • 48:43 - 48:44
    We've been made alive,
  • 48:44 - 48:46
    alive to God.
  • 48:46 - 48:51
    Our heart jumps for the things of God.
  • 48:51 - 49:01
    Listen, Christ entered into
    the realm of sin once.
  • 49:01 - 49:04
    And He came out.
  • 49:04 - 49:06
    So have we.
  • 49:06 - 49:09
    The realm of sin by becoming sin.
  • 49:09 - 49:12
    He finished with it.
  • 49:12 - 49:14
    So have we.
  • 49:14 - 49:18
    Brethren, sin has no claim on you.
  • 49:18 - 49:20
    You can look at every temptation,
  • 49:20 - 49:23
    you can look at the devil
    himself straight in the face
  • 49:23 - 49:26
    and say I don't have to follow you.
  • 49:26 - 49:28
    I'm a free man.
  • 49:28 - 49:31
    Good day.
  • 49:31 - 49:36
    My Lord is alive and I'm one with Him.
  • 49:36 - 49:38
    And we haven't even got here yet.
  • 49:38 - 49:41
    But you can look at the devil and say
  • 49:41 - 49:44
    do you recognize I am seated
    in the heavenly places
  • 49:44 - 49:51
    with Christ Jesus, by the way?
  • 49:51 - 49:55
    Brethren, the truth of all this is,
  • 49:55 - 50:01
    we need to recognize who we are.
  • 50:01 - 50:04
    Everything that Jesus Christ did,
  • 50:04 - 50:08
    it was designed to take
    us out of the realm of sin
  • 50:08 - 50:10
    and death and to put us into this realm
  • 50:10 - 50:13
    of being alive to God.
  • 50:13 - 50:13
    That's it.
  • 50:13 - 50:15
    That's Paul's meaning.
  • 50:15 - 50:19
    Have you been raised up to this?
  • 50:19 - 50:21
    Being made alive to God.
  • 50:21 - 50:24
    Not where sin is just a bunch of rules
  • 50:24 - 50:25
    that you have to keep.
  • 50:25 - 50:26
    Not always asking,
  • 50:26 - 50:28
    well, what's wrong with that?
  • 50:28 - 50:29
    Do you ever hear people like that?
  • 50:29 - 50:31
    It's like that's how they live their life.
  • 50:31 - 50:33
    "What's wrong with that?"
  • 50:33 - 50:38
    Brethren, that's slave talk.
  • 50:38 - 50:42
    It's like what does God delight in?
  • 50:42 - 50:45
    Let me do that.
  • 50:45 - 50:48
    What's going to bring His smile upon me?
  • 50:48 - 50:51
    Oh, is there a possibility
    He's going to frown on that?
  • 50:51 - 50:53
    Is there a possibility
    that this is going
  • 50:53 - 50:55
    to cause a shadow
    to pass between us?
  • 50:55 - 50:58
    Then I don't want to go there.
  • 50:58 - 51:01
    Versus: "Show me in the
    Bible where it says that!"
  • 51:01 - 51:04
    Well, of course, we want
    to be shown in the Bible.
  • 51:04 - 51:11
    But that's to totally miss it.
  • 51:11 - 51:17
    Brethren, we should be disgusted
    with that kind of attitude
  • 51:17 - 51:19
    among those who profess to be Christians.
  • 51:19 - 51:22
    That is purely slave talk.
  • 51:22 - 51:26
    It's just basically what must
    I do to avoid punishment?
  • 51:26 - 51:30
    Show me the list of rules.
  • 51:30 - 51:36
    Christians have been raised
    way up above and beyond that.
  • 51:36 - 51:40
    Up into the heights and the majesty.
  • 51:40 - 51:42
    Up there on that mountain top.
  • 51:42 - 51:44
    The glory.
  • 51:44 - 51:48
    That's where we're seated.
  • 51:48 - 51:53
    Brethren, it's David coming
    along and saying
  • 51:53 - 52:00
    I pant after God like a
    deer pants after water.
  • 52:00 - 52:03
    You see, people like that
    aren't constantly asking,
  • 52:03 - 52:05
    show me the rules!
  • 52:05 - 52:07
    Show me where it says that I can't
  • 52:07 - 52:08
    listen to music like that.
  • 52:08 - 52:11
    Show me where it says I
    can't go to a move like that.
  • 52:11 - 52:20
    Show me where it says I can't wear that.
  • 52:20 - 52:24
    Yes, we want to search Scripture
  • 52:24 - 52:26
    to find out the will of God.
  • 52:26 - 52:28
    We want to be taught.
  • 52:28 - 52:30
    We're ignorant about so much.
  • 52:30 - 52:31
    I recognize that.
  • 52:31 - 52:34
    Scripture needs to be
    our basis for sanctification,
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    our basis for truth.
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    But that is just a world away from saying
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    oh, my heart hungers, it longs after God.
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    Where can I find God?
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    The sighs and moans...
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    It's like, hey, brother, you
    want to go do this?
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    And you're thinking man
    my ache in my heart
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    is to find God.
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    If I do that, that may take me backwards.
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    That may take me in a direction
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    I don't want to go.
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    That may interrupt
    the fellowship,
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    and I'm trying to
    get more fellowship.
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    And you want to take me
    over there to do that?
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    It'll be fun!
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    No, it's not fun if I lose
    the sight of His smile.
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    That isn't fun.
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    That's exactly what you don't want.
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    Brethren, what we've been raised to,
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    is think about Christ raised up.
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    He's the delight of His Father.
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    Proverbs 8
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    The delight...
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    that's what happens with us.
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    It becomes a relationship of delight
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    and feeling the smile of God
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    and enjoying His joy.
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    Delighting in His salvation.
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    It's living this thankful life,
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    and living in holiness,
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    and wanting to be holy.
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    Christ said, "Blessed are those who
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    hunger and thirst after righteousness.
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    Blessed are the pure in heart."
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    There's a singleness.
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    We're evaluating things, not
    on a list of rules all the time.
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    Show me where I can do this,
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    or show me where I can't do that.
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    We should abominate that as much as
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    we abominate Catholicism's dead Christ.
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    Brethren, there's a life that spills forth
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    from being raised up;
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    a life that is within us.
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    Because we're no longer in the grave.
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    We've come forth.
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    We've been raised up.
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    You think of Polycarp.
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    Some of us were talking about him.
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    His famous quote when they told him
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    they wanted him to offer
    the incense to Caesar.
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    They wanted him to deny Christ.
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    And he said,
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    "80 and six years have I served Christ,
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    nor has He ever done me any harm.
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    How then could I blaspheme
    my King who saved me."
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    You see, they wanted him to blaspheme.
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    He didn't turn to the
    other Christians and say
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    show me a law in the Bible
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    that says that I can't do that.
  • 55:12 - 55:14
    Brethren, that's not being raised.
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    Being raised is... what kindness!
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    He has loved me even when I was dead
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    in my trespasses.
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    He loved me with a great love.
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    He showed me great mercy.
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    Riches of mercy.
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    He spilled the blood of His Son.
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    I just think of all the different times
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    that He was spit on.
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    They plucked out His beard.
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    You get that from the Psalms,
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    not so much from the Gospel accounts.
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    Smitten.
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    Think of God smiting His Son.
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    He's the Beloved.
  • 56:01 - 56:05
    He's hitting Him. He's hitting Him.
  • 56:05 - 56:10
    He didn't spare His own Son
  • 56:10 - 56:13
    for you.
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    And brethren, you've been raised.
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    You need to consider yourselves raised.
  • 56:25 - 56:27
    Dead to sin.
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    Alive to God.
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    That needs to be the mindset.
  • 56:31 - 56:34
    You can go out of here,
  • 56:34 - 56:36
    to be quite honest,
  • 56:36 - 56:39
    the computer does not own you.
  • 56:39 - 56:41
    You are raised.
  • 56:41 - 56:44
    Pornography does not own you.
  • 56:44 - 56:49
    You are raised.
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    Food doesn't own you.
  • 56:50 - 56:51
    Drink doesn't own you.
  • 56:51 - 56:55
    Entertainment doesn't own you.
  • 56:55 - 56:58
    The truth is, your family
    does not own you.
  • 56:58 - 57:00
    You're a slave to God.
  • 57:00 - 57:02
    And as a slave to God,
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    free to do right.
  • 57:05 - 57:08
    Free to live holy.
  • 57:08 - 57:13
    Free, free, yearning, living like David.
  • 57:13 - 57:16
    As a deer pants for flowing streams,
  • 57:16 - 57:19
    so pants my soul for You, O God.
  • 57:19 - 57:21
    My soul thirsts for God,
  • 57:21 - 57:23
    for the living God,
  • 57:23 - 57:25
    when shall I come and appear before God.
  • 57:25 - 57:29
    My tears have been my food day and night.
  • 57:29 - 57:30
    Why?
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    Because they're saying
    where is your God?
  • 57:32 - 57:34
    And he's saying, yeah, where is He?
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    He's weeping for Him.
  • 57:35 - 57:37
    He's longing. He's groaning.
  • 57:37 - 57:38
    He's crying.
  • 57:38 - 57:40
    That's what drives us.
  • 57:40 - 57:42
    This is the life.
  • 57:42 - 57:43
    Alive to God.
  • 57:43 - 57:46
    We've been raised.
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    You've been raised to this.
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    Consider this reality
  • 57:54 - 57:56
    as one being raised...
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    we find in Colossians,
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    set your minds on things above.
  • 58:03 - 58:07
    You're not in those
    first three verses anymore.
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    Set your mind on things outside of there.
  • 58:11 - 58:15
    Don't send your mind back in there.
  • 58:15 - 58:17
    Colossians 3:1
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    As one who has been raised with Christ,
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    you are to set your
    minds upon things above
  • 58:23 - 58:24
    where Christ is seated.
  • 58:24 - 58:26
    And what we're going
    to find in Ephesians 2
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    is you're seated there too.
  • 58:30 - 58:32
    That's next week.
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    But alive to God.
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    That's what Paul says happens when
    we're resurrected and raised up.
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    Brethren, do you know that?
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    Is that a reality?
  • 58:44 - 58:45
    Hunger pangs.
  • 58:45 - 58:48
    Tears, aching, groaning...
  • 58:48 - 58:49
    What a change this is!
  • 58:49 - 58:52
    Out of the realm of sin.
  • 58:52 - 59:01
    Brethren, Christ made an end to sin.
  • 59:01 - 59:04
    It's over.
  • 59:04 - 59:08
    That's an end to you living
    beneath the glory of God.
  • 59:08 - 59:11
    All have sinned and fallen
    short of the glory of God.
  • 59:11 - 59:15
    You don't live there anymore.
  • 59:15 - 59:16
    Dive into the glory.
  • 59:16 - 59:24
    God is saying, Come up! Higher! Come up!
  • 59:24 - 59:27
    You're not living in
    those first three verses
  • 59:27 - 59:29
    of Ephesians 2.
  • 59:29 - 59:31
    Don't even put your mind there.
  • 59:31 - 59:33
    Come up.
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    Set your mind on these things up here.
  • 59:35 - 59:36
    Come up.
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    Up, up, up.
  • 59:38 - 59:39
    Sensitive to God. Loving God.
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    Seeking God.
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    This is the test.
  • 59:43 - 59:46
    Do you sincerely desire
    to draw near to God?
  • 59:46 - 59:48
    Have a revelation of this knowledge of Him
  • 59:48 - 59:50
    that we're talking about here?
  • 59:50 - 59:55
    So, Christian, you've been
    raised together with Christ.
  • 59:55 - 60:00
    Consider yourselves dead to sin
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    and alive to God.
  • 60:03 - 60:04
    Why?
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    Because it's true.
  • 60:09 - 60:13
    And may God help us to do just that.
Title:
How Alive is Alive? He Raised Us Up With Him (Part 2) - Tim Conway
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