Whose God Has The Lord Become?
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
26 But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.” Mark 12:26-27
At NCCkl we who believe in the Righteousness of Jesus Christ that comprises His baptism and death have no doubt in His resurrection at all. Our Lord has indeed arisen from the dead. It is an undeniable fact according to the Scriptures that only those who have received the remission of sins by accepting the Lord in faith will be resurrected and be with Him forever when He returns to this earth. Whereas, those who otherwise remain sinful will partake in the second resurrection to be cast into the terrifying fire of hell for eternity.
As we would be commemorating the Resurrection Day in a couple of weeks, let us take a moment to reflect on ourselves to examine our faith. We should thoughtfully examine ourselves to see what kind of faith we have, whether or not God is truly our God and whether or not our relationship with God is proper.
Our Lord said in the passage above that He is the God of the living and not the dead. What exactly did our Lord mean when He said this? The Lord said clearly here that He is the Lord of the living. Who are the living then?
In God’s sight,
- ‘The living ‘ are those who have received the remission of sins by believing in the Righteousness of the Lord that contains Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.
- ‘The living’ are those who have been raised unto righteousness to participate in the first resurrection of the Lord.
- ‘The living’ are those who have inherited the true faith of righteousness by believing in the Word of God, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to become God’s own people.
- ‘The living’ are those who receive God’s revelation and guidance through His Word. To them God unveils His secrets and mysteries of the Kingdom.
- ‘The living’ are those who have been delivered from the power of sin and death through the baptism and death of Jesus Christ. As such, Jesus’ death becomes their death and His resurrection becomes their resurrection.
- ‘The living’ are those who look to Jesus Who is alive and have become the Eternal God of all who believe in His righteousness. Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God as Judge and Everlasting High Priest to administer grace and mercy.
- ‘The living’ are those who have been saved completely by grace through faith and sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption. They are called to serve His Kingdom and Righteousness.
Jesus will always remain the God of the living. He is the God of those who believe in His Word and work of salvation.
None other than this is the faith of resurrection. This is the faith of the living and the resurrected. Let us on this coming Resurrection Day, hold dear in our hearts that God is not the God of the dead but the God of the living. We must never forget this Truth.
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