Daily Reading: Romans 6:1-13
“…as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”Romans 6:4b
What powerful words in these14 verses; what freedom and life! Hone in on verse 5, “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection…” During the interpretation phase of scripture, it is very important to look for repetitive words and then determine why the writer, in this case Paul, would use them. This time, the word is “likeness”. Now we don’t need to do an in-depth Greek study, let’s stick with English. The word “likeness” is a great translation. Why use it twice? The word is used for comparison. Don’t miss the magnitude of this comparison. In past lessons we spoke extensively in regards to our death to sin. Let’s look now at the what it means to be made in the “likeness of His resurrection.”
The first matter which must be settled is this: The resurrection of Jesus was miraculous. Jesus was not sleeping and then awoke, He was physically dead. Only the Father could raise Him from the dead. This miraculous event took place not only physically, but spiritually. Remember that Jesus “took on our sin”. The Father raised Him to life again; demonstrating power over sin and death. What kind of power and strength does it take to do such a thing?
This particular week, at my place of employment, I’ve been making a course that involves explaining advanced aerodynamics to jet pilots. Topics can get complicated and involve a great deal of math. Trying to explain what keeps a plane flying in the upper altitudes can be mind boggling, but we can explain it using science – mostly. It’s just science, it’s only something physical – something observable. What might we do with all those things around us which are supernatural? Those things which are not tangible; how do we measure and explain such things? There are no acceleration or mass formulas for the spirit of man. The spirit of man is supernatural, just as the resurrection of our Jesus is supernatural.
Consider then, that being in the likeness of His resurrection, is a supernatural work. Everything about being in the likeness of Christ is supernatural. How foolish it is when we try and boil down the Christian life to a set of laws or religious acts. Please catch the gravity of such a statement, you have died, yes, but you my beloved brother or sister have been raised in the likeness of His resurrection. A miraculous resurrection. Through the resurrection there is eternal life – yes, but this is more than spending time with God for eternity when you die. That life starts right now. It’s a supernatural life. A life filled with joy and peace. A life filled with and by the power of the Holy Spirit. As you walk with God today, think of the resurrection of Christ in your life. How did the resurrection affect Christ – how does it affect you. Are you living supernaturally, the way He desires?