Knowing The Power Of His Resurrection – Part 2: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope].Philippians 3:10 (AMP)
The resurrection power must work in you before it works through you. The resurrection power seeks to destroy limitations and carnality in your life. It works to align us to God’s will and works within purpose and in the place of grace.
The epitome and standard of God’s power is the resurrection power. One must know Christ before knowing His power, because the resurrection power is not greater than the person of Christ. We cannot handle the power of resurrection without being able first to handle the person of Christ; being in relationship with Christ.
Relationship is not an event, it’s continuous. It is consistent and continuous. Being in a relationship with Christ is to know who Christ is now; not who He was or who He will be. Our relationship with Christ draws us to the Father.
We should be careful not to fall into the trap of having a lot of knowledge and revelation about God devoid of understanding who God is. There are two sides of the resurrection power:
- The Spiritual Side: Christ was raised from the dead by the power of the Spirit. It liberates the spirit man to fellowship with God.
- The Moral Side: It assures us that it can break us from the bondage of sin.
Why is the resurrection important? Resurrection afforded us to be justified (legally declared to be righteous; righteousness is imputed on you) therefore dealing with all manner of condemnation.
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead Who has delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.Romans 4:24-25
Resurrection affords us sanctification (the purged away from sin and worldliness) and ensures one is continually conformed to the image of Christ. The power is to motivate us to live holy, that is, we are dead to sin and alive in Christ.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was up raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.Romans 6:4-5
The grave is a place of shame, rejection and a place of the dead. It’s not a place of communion. When people are in sin, they are as good as dead. That is why we are not to commune with sinners. Our lifestyle is to reflect that we have the resurrection power. We must be careful not to let the power come devoid of understanding.
It is to give us a lively hope in Christ. It is not hope in vain.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.1 Peter 1:3
Experiences give us hope in God. God gives us a recap of the past experience so as to usher us to a new one. God uses experiences to impart grace, power and wisdom in us.