1. Introduction to the mystery of the believer’s equal authority with Christ

In the previous post titled, “Jesus Rose From The Grave, Then Ascended Into Heaven And Resumed His Heavenly Place Of Authority,”  I wrote that believers inherited equivalent authority with Christ.  We were given this spiritual position of authority because God quickened us while we were dead in sins, then raised us up together with Christ:

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 1, 5 & 6).

This is a mystery which is hard for the natural mind to understand. However,  those who receive and act on the truth will walk in the same authority that Christ possesses and gave to all believers as our spiritual inheritance.

In the text, Apostle Paul painted a picture of the believer, formerly dead in sins, being made alive with Christ, raised from the dead with Christ and ascending into the heavenly places with Christ. However, there is one key  difference, Christ died for our sins while we were sinners who were dead in sin.

2.  The believer associates with Christ’s authority by being baptized into His death, burial, resurrection and ascension

How could a person who was once dead in sins be elevated to such a position of power with God?

Our dear Apostle Paul explained the foundation of  this mystery in Romans  6.  He taught us that the believer in Jesus symbolically shares the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of through BAPTISM or Baptizō/G 907, which is the Greek word used in the text of Romans 6.

Baptō (G911)    is the root word for  Baptizō/G 907  and it means  DIP (Luke 16: 24) and DIPPED  (John 13: 26, Revelation 19: 13). In other words, baptism means to be dipped into water, not sprinkled with water, as some commonly practice.

When I read the text of Romans 6, it seems to me that Apostle Paul refers to a spiritual act of baptism rather than to a physical dipping of the believer in water for baptism. However, the physical dipping paints a picture of what actually happens in the invisible realm when a person turns from sin to righteousness.

The key point is that an individual cannot experience the authority that he/she possesses through Christ until all of the foundation requirements are met

SPIRITUAL MYSTERY OF THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN THE BELIEVER AND CHRIST’S DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION AND ASCENCION

 

CHRIST

 

THE BELIEVER (NEW MAN/FORMERLY OLD MAN)

Christ  died by crucifixion

The believer shares in the death of Christ, being buried with Christ and is now dead to sin. Since the believer  is now dead to sin he/she should no longer practice sin (Romans 6: 2)

 Those who were baptized into Jesus Christ are baptized into His death (Romans 6: 3)

 … our old man is crucified with him, that the body G4983 of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin (Romans 6: 6)

 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body G4983, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof  (Romans 6: 12)

Christ was buried in the grave

The believer is buried under water in the natural, but the spiritual meaning is that  he/she is now  dead to sin:

 Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  (Romans 6: 3)

Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of God

 

Christ, being raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him

(Rom 6: 9)

 

The believer is raised with Christ and lives a new life in which sin no longer is his/her master:

 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 (Romans 6: 4)

 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord  (Romans 6: 11)

 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts (Romans 6: 12)

 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God (Romans 6: 13)

 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6: 14)

Christ ascended to Heaven and resumed His position of authority

 

 

The believer was raised with Christ, and ascended with Him into  the heavenly places from which he/she rules with the Lord:

 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved;

 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus  (Ephesians 2: 5 & 6)

 Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity

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