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Summary: Living the resurrected life is possible in as much, as believers, we have been united with Jesus Christ as we are identified with Christ. Our faith in Christ has placed us in Christ. The resurrected life is one of restoration, transformation and elevation

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LIVING THE RESURRECTED LIFE

Philippians 3:7-10a

INTRODUCTION: Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the garden tomb. The power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is to be seen in His victory over Satan, sin, death, and hell. In our identification with Christ, Romans 6: 4 tells us, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” You and I are called by God to live in the power of His resurrection the resurrected life. Living the resurrected life is possible in as much as believers we have been united with Jesus Christ as we are identified with Christ. Our faith in Christ has placed us in Christ. We have been raised to walk in newness of life –to live the resurrected life. The resurrected life is one of restoration, transformation and elevation.

I. The Resurrected Life is a Life of Restoration.

A. Restore = reinstate, bring back, reestablish, return

B. It brings back to life that which was dead.

1. Romans 5:12 "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

2. In 1992, a Los Angeles County parking control officer came upon a brown Cadillac El Dorado illegally parked next to the curb on street-sweeping day. The officer dutifully wrote out a ticket. Ignoring the man seated at the driver’s wheel, the officer reached inside the open car window and placed the $30 citation on the dashboard. The driver of the car made no excuses. No argument ensued--and with good reason. The driver of the car had been shot in the head ten to twelve hours before but was sitting up, stiff as a board, slumped slightly forward, with blood on his face. He was dead. The officer, preoccupied with ticket writing, was unaware of anything out of the ordinary. He got back in his car and drove away. Many people around us are "dead in transgressions and sins." What should catch our attention most is their need, not their offenses. They don’t need a citation; they need a Savior. - Greg Asimakoupoulos in Fresh Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching (Baker), from the editors of Leadership.

3. Ephesians 2:1 "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:"

C. It reinstates and reestablishes one’s relationship with God the Father

1. Ephesians 2:2-3 "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: [3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."

2. 1 John 3:1-2 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."


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