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How to Live in the Reality of Resurrection Every Day

What is the reality of resurrection?

What is resurrection to you…personally?

Is it an event recorded in the Bible, a part of the story of Jesus?

Is it an item of your Christian faith?

Or is Christ’s resurrection, that is, the reality of resurrection, something you experience in your daily life?

In this post we’ll consider what the reality of resurrection is and how you can personally experience this reality every day.

The Fact of Resurrection versus the Reality of Resurrection

Let’s start with an illustration by way of comparison.

The fact of resurrection–seeing the empty tomb

In John’s gospel you can see two kinds of responses to Christ’s resurrection—that of the disciples and that of Mary the Magdalene.

The disciples, Peter and John, ran to the tomb on the morning of the Lord’s resurrection and found the tomb empty. They witnessed the fact of Christ’s resurrection. Yet, they went away (John 20:3-10).

The reality of resurrection–contacting the resurrected Lord Himself

Mary the Magdalene, on the other hand, was not satisfied with an empty tomb or with the angels. She wanted the Lord Jesus Himself. When she saw one she supposed was the gardener, she asked for the body of Jesus. She wanted Christ so much, even His corpse!

The Lord honored her seeking for Him with His personal appearing. He called her, “Mary.” And she called Him “Rabboni.”  She gained the reality of resurrection—the Lord Himself (John 20:11-16).

To Mary it wasn’t just the fact. It was a reality because she touched the resurrected One.

It should be the same with us today spiritually.

Today the reality of resurrection is in the eternal Spirit

Consider the Lord’s word to Martha in John 11:25,

“I am the resurrection and the life; He who believes into Me even if he should die, shall live.”

In The Economy of God, Witness Lee, making reference to Christ’s word said,

He said, “I AM the resurrection.” Forget about time and space; wherever Christ is and whenever Christ is, there is always resurrection.

So the Lord as “the resurrection,” is not limited by time. Even before going to the cross, He  was already “the resurrection.”

That’s because everything about His living is something in the eternal Spirit, having eternal effectiveness. For example, Christ’s offering Himself on the cross was accomplished through the “eternal Spirit” making it effective for all mankind  (Heb. 9:14).

Nearly two thousand years have passed since the Lord Jesus accomplished His redeeming death and entered into resurrection. But today He is still “the resurrection” awaiting our experience.

How to experience the Spirit as the reality of resurrection

Romans 8:11 says,

“And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.”

Today, it is this Spirit of resurrection who dwells in us. This means that the reality of resurrection dwells in us.

In the evening of the day of His resurrection, Jesus came to His fearful disciples and said peace be to you,

“And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22).

It is this eternal Spirit breathed into the disciples that became the reality of His resurrection in them.

Today, the reality of resurrection within every believer is this Spirit—the bountiful, all-sufficient supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ—as the power of His resurrection  (Phil 1:19; 3:10).

In his Roman imprisonment, Paul could boldly testify,

“For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:19)

Apply the Spirit as the reality of resurrection to every situation

We may not be in a Roman prison like Paul, but our job, family or education may be no less of a trial to us. We may feel that we can not endure another day.

Our boss may make us anxious. Our children, spouse, or parents may make us angry.

What do we do? Remain in the Spirit as the reality of resurrection—the reality of the One who is “the resurrection.” He is forever the Victor over every “death situation” in our lives.

Like Paul, we too can live and walk in this Spirit as the reality of resurrection. We simply need to remain in this One.

Paul told us his secret in Philippians 4:13,

“I am able to do all things in Him who empowers me.”

We need to allow the Lord to do the same in us. Take a moment to pray,

“Lord Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and that You rose victoriously from the grave on the third day. Thank you for coming in Your resurrection to breathe into Your disciples the Spirit–the reality of resurrection. Lord, I receive You as such a life-giving Spirit, into my spirit. Lord, be the reality of resurrection in me today.”

Practical points to help you enjoy the reality of resurrection every day: 

  1. Call on the name of the Lord often to breathe Him as the Spirit of Jesus Christ and to enjoy His riches as your bountiful supply in every trial (Rom. 10:12-13).
  2. Sing hymns of praise to the Lord, like Paul and Silas did when they were beaten and imprisoned (Acts 16:25). In the same way, our joyful singing keeps us in the Spirit of resurrection  (Eph. 5:18-19).
  3. Pray and muse on the word of God to set your mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5).

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Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

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  1. Tai

    He who believes into the resurrection and the life even if he should die, shall live.

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