Summary: Because of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that enables us to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the sinful thinking, immoral conduct and fickled feelings.
Last time we looked at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and learned that it has certain repercussions—it leaves a mark on those who are touched by it. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead has spiritual, psychological (mind, will, emotions) and physical ramifications or effects.
I wish that I had three hours of your time to speak on this topic. It is a very important topic. Someone told me after hearing part one of this message that this was something she should have learned when she first became a Christian.
The Spiritual Effects of the Resurrection
Last time we looked at how the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead has spiritual implications on those who have bowed their heart to the Savior.
It took power to deal with our sins at the Cross of Calvary. Jesus Christ gave Himself as a sin offering for us—this is why He allowed Himself to be crucified. He died for our sins.
Sin brought about spiritual death. When Adam disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit—he died spiritually. Did you know that spiritual death is worse than physical death?
Physical death is when your soul and spirit is separated from your body but spiritual death is when a person is separated from God. Spiritual death is when a person is not in fellowship with the God who created him or her. Spiritual death is what brought about physical death.
Mankind was created to live forever.
When man was created in the Garden of Eden by God, he was given full access to all of God’s creation and told that he could eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the tree that was in the middle of the garden. God says to Adam, “In the day you eat of it you would most surely die.”
If you know your Bible, then you will know that that Eve, Adam’s wife, the first woman, was tempted by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit. The Bible says that she ate it and gave some of the fruit to her husband and he ate in violation of God’s expressed command.
Adam sinned and the “sin gene” passed on to his kids. We learn that this has happened when Cain rises up and kills his brother Able because of jealousy. Since that time sin has been passed on down through the generational lines of humanity to all the inhabitants of the earth including you and me.
The “transmission” of sin is described in Romans chapter five:
Romans 5:12-14, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned; …death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”
Men and women are born in sin. We are born as sinners who are under the sentence of spiritual death. Sin manifests itself in how we think and in the choices we make.
Sin is a stain indelibly embossed and etched in the heart of every man, woman, boy and girl. You and I cannot remove it ourselves. The tattoo remover can’t touch it. The geneticist can’t isolate it. Sin is like an incurable cancer in the human soul. No chemotherapy is potent enough to kill it. The surgeon is unskilled when it comes to sin removal. It takes a lot of power to remove sin—resurrection power.
In chapter six of the book of Romans, Paul writes of the resurrection power that is mighty enough to deal with the sin that is etched in our humanity.
Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
To sum it up, Paul is letting us know that is resurrection power that removes the sin stain. It is resurrection power that breaks the fetters of sin. It is resurrection power that removes the shackles of sin in the believer’s life.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ removes the power of sin from the believer’s life so much so that the Apostle Paul in Romans 6, verse 11 tells the Christian to “consider yourself dead to sin…”.