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September 26, 2023

Seven Aspects of Christ's Resurrection (1)

1 Cor. 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead… (54) "Death has been swallowed up unto victory." (55) Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?

[Part 1 of 2] [Besides being a vindication of the Lord's life and work (yesterday's eManna),] Christ's resurrection was also a sign of the success of His achievement. Suppose Christ had remained in the tomb after He died. If such had been the case, then what Christ did would not have been a success. But the Man-Savior's resurrection from the dead is a strong sign of His great success in His universal achievement. Christ's resurrection was also His victory over the world, Satan, death, Hades, and the tomb. These five things caused the Lord Jesus to be put into the tomb. But when He came forth from the tomb in resurrection, this was His victory over the world, Satan, death, Hades, and the tomb. As Peter says in Acts 2:24, "Whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death, since it was not possible for Him to be held by it." Because Christ is resurrection (John 11:25), death could not hold Him. It is impossible for death to hold resurrection; resurrection overcomes death. Christ's resurrection was also His glorification. Christ's resurrection brought Him into glory. The Lord's divine nature, His divine being, was concealed and confined within His flesh. Through death the confinement of His humanity, His flesh, was broken, and then in resurrection He was released as the very God with His nature and riches. Because He was released from the confinement of His flesh in resurrection He was glorified. This was the reason the Lord said to the disciples on the way to Emmaus that it was necessary for Christ to suffer and enter into His glory (Luke 24:26). It was through His resurrection that He entered into glory. (Continued tomorrow)

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, p. 467. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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