We Are Included in Christ’s Death and Resurrection

Yesterday’s post was about Christ’s death and resurrection for our redemption and for His becoming life to us. Both His death and resurrection and our repentance and believing are part of the preparation of New Jerusalem as the bride, the wife of the Lamb (Revelation 21:2, 9-10). This afternoon a hymn was the seed for this continuation.

We did nothing in Christ’s death and resurrection. Those steps were accomplished solely by Him. Nevertheless, we were included in both.

Romans 6:6 says that, “our old man has been crucified with Him” and Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ.” We were crucified with Christ, not by our own effort, but by God’s operation. When Christ died on the cross our old man, our fallen natural man, died with Him.

Ephesians 2:5-6 proclaim that God made us alive together with Christ and raised us up together with Him. Peter expresses this same truth by announcing that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ regenerated us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ(1 Peter 1:3). Like crucifixion, our resurrection with Christ is due solely to God’s operation. Both of these marvelous facts were accomplished long before our human birth.

Here is the beginning of the hymn (the whole with music is here):

Buried with Christ, and raised with Him too;
What is there left for me to do?
Simply to cease from struggling and strife,
Simply to walk in newness of life.

This newness matches the newness of New Jerusalem and this walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4), living one with Christ in His resurrection, is our cooperation with Him in preparation of the bride.

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