Resurrected With Christ

Scripture bears witness to a most amazing spiritual truth: that disciples of Jesus are the crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended, and seated Branches of a crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended, and seated Vine.

So let us turn now to these Scriptures and trace each aspect of this wonderful mystery.

Crucified With Christ

  • We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Rom. 6:6)
  • I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. (Gal. 2:20a)
  • Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal. 5:24)
  • But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)

As I taught on this wonderful fact many years ago, I noticed a brother was taking notes. Afterwards he showed me what he had written down. He wrote, “The flesh has to die; I must crucify my flesh.” But that is not what the Scripture says, and that is not what I taught. Scripture says that those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified (past tense) the flesh with its passions and desires. No one can commit suicide by crucifixion. Someone else must nail us to the Cross. The flesh cannot crucify itself. Jesus has already done what we could not do. The sooner we stop trying to crucify ourselves, the sooner we can boast in the finished work of the Cross and actually witness the evidence of it in our lives.

Notice that Paul does not merely say that Jesus was crucified for us. That is certainly true in and of itself. But there is more. Not only was Jesus crucified for us, He was crucified as us. God considers us to have been crucified as surely as if we were there receiving the nails in our hands and feet. We have been crucified together with Him because God placed us in Him the moment He was crucified.

 Died With Christ

  •  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Rom. 6:3)
  • Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (Rom. 6:8a)
  •  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 6:11)
  •  Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ. (Rom. 7:4a)
  •  We have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died. (2. Cor. 5:14)
  •  If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations? (Col. 2:20)
  •  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:3)

Why does the Bible say that we died with Christ? Because we were crucified with Him. When He was crucified, we were crucified. And no one survives a crucifixion. Therefore, when Christ died, we died together with Him.

 Buried With Christ

  • We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death. (Rom. 6:4a)
  •  Having been buried with him in baptism. (Col. 2:12a)

We do not bury someone unless we are absolutely sure that they are dead. Ordinarily that would be the end of the story: a life, a death, and a burial. But we have been joined to One Who has overcome death. This is the whole purpose of the Cross. If we remain in union with Him through crucifixion, death and burial, then we will certainly remain in union with Him through all that follows after. So we have also been…

Resurrected With Christ

  •  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Rom. 6:5)
  •  Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ. (Eph. 2:5a)
  •  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses. (Col. 2:13)

If we share in His death then we will share in His life. How could it be otherwise? What is true of the Vine is true of the Branches that are part of the Vine. It would be impossible for the Vine to be raised while the Branches that are part of the Vine to remain buried. So long as the Vine and the Branches are one, they share in both the suffering and in the glory that is revealed afterwards.

In the same way, when God made us one spirit together with Christ on the Cross, His intention was for us to experience both the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. So Paul says that if we suffer with Him, then we will reign with Him (2 Tim. 2:12). Again, we see the purpose of the Cross. If we refuse to join Him in suffering then we cannot hope to join Him in ruling. If we refuse the Crucified Death then we cannot have the Resurrected Life.

But there is yet more. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He did not continue to live on the earth as He had previously. He ascended to Heaven. So let us ask: if we have been crucified, dead, buried, and resurrected with Christ, have we also ascended and been seated together with Him? Or should we see this merely as a future event? Certainly there is a future fulfillment we look forward to, but the basis of that future fulfillment has its roots in a present reality: that because of the Cross, we are already…

 Ascended and Seated With Christ

  • [God] raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:6)
  •  The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Rev. 3:21)

There is no higher place in the universe than to be seated in the heavenlies at the right hand of God. Who or what can touch you there? Jesus is Lord of all, preeminent over all, and seated in His throne. And now – glorious truth! – we who are in Him have been raised, ascended, and seated together with Him.

Note the past tense of Ephesians 2:6 and the present tense of Revelation 3:21. This is not something for us to enjoy at some point in the distant future; it is something God has already done for us together with Christ when He raised Him up from the dead, raised Him up from the earth and seated Him at His own right hand. Spiritually speaking, that is our position as well: ascended, above the earth, triumphant over all enemies!

How is this possible? Trace it as far back as you can, beginning with where you are “now.” You are seated together with Christ because you ascended together with Christ. You ascended together with Christ because you were resurrected and made alive together with Christ. You were resurrected and made alive together with Christ because you were buried together with Christ. You were buried together with Christ because you died together with Christ. You died together with Christ because you were crucified together with Christ.

This brings us back to Galatians 2:20, for that is where it all began: “I was crucified with Christ.” Back to the Cross! For the Cross is where the two became one. The Cross is where God places us in Christ so that we are joined to Him and become one spirit. The Cross is the means by which we enter into this enduring, living union with Christ.

Do you see, dear friend, that victory, conquering, ruling, reigning, and overcoming is only possible through the Cross? Because of the Cross we have been made one with Him Who overcame all things. His victory is our victory. But we cannot experience the Victory of that Life if we do not embrace the seeming defeat of that Cross.

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2017-04-16T06:51:14+00:00 By |Blog, Discipleship & Spiritual Growth|

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CHIP BROGDEN is an author, teacher, and former pastor who shares "real, simple, truth" about a Christ-centered faith that is based on relationship, not religion. Learn more »

7 Comments

  1. Kenneth Dawson Apr 20 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Yes I know that I am crucified buried resurrected ascended enthroned and immersed into Christ and whatever he is right now I am in union with him my life for all of eternity is his life.what I was as a being in the first Adam has been killed and now what I am as birthed into the last Adam is alive unto God.

  2. Clare Kaegi-Watts Apr 20 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Many years ago when I gave my life to loving and following Jesus I had a bunch issues in my life that I SO hated. I wanted rid of them, and tried so hard, but they would not go. Ten years spent mining in a tough little mining town had taught me to cuss with the worst of the miners. I heard myself and hated it! When I came to Christ I cringed when I heard myself using an expletive that was so ugly and not of Jesus! One day, some weeks after my new life in Him began I suddenly realized that my MOUTH was CLEAN! No longer was I using the foul stuff that came from my mouth if something upset me! I KNEW it was God! I KNEW that what was impossible to me, was possible for God. I was like the prophet Isaiah…
    “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
    “Behold, this has touched your lips;
    Your iniquity is taken away,
    And your sin purged.” (Isaiah 6:6-7)…….my sin was purged by my Jesus, gone – never to return.
    I had a terrible smoking habit, too. The stench of stale cigarettes filled the house, stained the walls, soaked into my clothes, stained my fingers and teeth…..40+ a day for 26years was not going away in my own strength. I tried. I tried. I tried. Then one day, in desperation I cried out to the LORD to help me. And He did! I was GIVEN the strength to overcome that which I was unable. His grace truly was sufficient. But with this went also the consumption of fortified wine!…..God is GOOD!
    If we seek Him with all of our hearts, are willing to lay down OUR lives and take on His righteousness, HE makes this come about – the death of the old sinful self, the resurrection power of our risen LORD overcoming what we are unable to overcome in our own strength, His shed blood cleansing us from ALL sin! Hallelujah!
    My dear friend C…. who is now set free from 40years of deep depression, and drug abuse! – not through “therapy” or other drugs, but the power of Christ to set her free from what held her in bondage! Sin and death… Oh, how GOOD our God is! She could do NOTHING without Him, but is enabled to do all things through (the risen) Christ who strengthens her……ALL of us, if we will take a hold of HIM!

    • Bettina Apr 17 at 4:14 am - Reply

      Great testimony, Clare !!!

  3. chrissy Apr 16 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I agree what good news we have in Christ Jesus! He has done it all for us! All the victories in my own life over fleshly lusts and habits have been realised when I have tried and failed so many times and in defeat from my own self efforts have come to the end of myself and my own strivings and have cried out ‘I give up ‘ He then plucks it out and takes it over and and I find at last I am walking in the victory! He knows when we mean what we say so we can’t pretend to mean it and it is Him that brings us to the end of ourselves anyway. It is all His finished work being worked out in us day by day on Earth as it is in Heaven.

    Maranatha!
    Chrissy

    Blessings in Jesus name!
    Chrissy

    Blessing to all in Jesus’s name

  4. Robert Wyatt Apr 16 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    We cannot become what we can be. We can only be what we have become… As He is so are we in this world. He is I Am… So am I. So simple, yet we are foolish.
    35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have when they come?” 36 Foolish one! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
    1 Cor 15:35-36 (HCSB)

    I like the fact that you referenced the Vine and the branches. It is all about the Seed.

    23 Jesus replied to them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
    24 “I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. 25 The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
    John 12:23-26 (HCSB)

  5. James Apr 16 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    The fact of the matter is, unless I have that experience of crucifixion with Him, I will never understand the meaning and the purpose of the Death of Christ Jesus on the Cross. Tragically, it is just a shear theology; not for many, but for all Sunday Christians. All my desires and passions, my habits, my addiction are in my Flesh, the Old Man. “For all that is in the World the lust of the Flesh, the Lust of eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the World. 1John 15:16. If I am not crucified to the World and the World is not Crucified to me, my spirit had not become one with the Spirit of Christ 1Cor. 6:17. and I am not (Not my Body and Mind, my Spirit One with the Spirit of Christ) sitting with Him in heavenly places. Those who Belong to Christ have Crucified their Flesh. And those who belong to Christ ( were Created in Christ Jesus. Eph.2:10) and they were Crucified with Him, Died with Him, buried with Him and resurrected with him, and their spirit having become One with the Spirit of Christ is sitting in the heavenly Places and their Mind and Body is here on earth, becomes the part of the Church, the Ecclesia in the Wilderness. Now it depends upon me, whether I walk by the Spirit which is in heaven ( And in me, The Christ is in me) or my Mind and Body which is on the Earth in the Wilderness. If I walk by the Mind and Body I shall die, If I walk by the Spirit I shall live. As my Mind and Body is in the Wilderness, I must seek First the Kingdom of God, as the Israel, according to Flesh were required to seek First the Promised Land, not what shall we eat, what shall we drink or where shall we live. All my needs, while I am in the Wilderness; are supplied by my God according to His riches in Glory. Amen

  6. Marthe Apr 17 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Merci Frère Chip,

    Ce message est glorieux, nous sommes déjà dans la gloire avec Jésus !
    Mais il nous faut rester dans cette position avec le Seigneur, et cela implique une vigilance constante, sans relâche, heureusement que nous sommes en Jésus, et Jésus est en nous ! nous avons la Trinité en nous!
    est ce bien cela mon frère ?
    Frère corrige mois si je me trompe !
    j’aimerais pourvoir lire ce livre, Embrace the Cross ! en français ! enfin

    encore merci pour ce message , sois richement bénis frère en Jésus !

    Marthe

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