If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
What does it mean to you that God raised Jesus from the dead?
If our view of the resurrection is small, our view of the Spirit living in us will be small.
Neither of these are small truths.
I’ll admit. My mind and heart cannot encapsulate the resurrection. I cannot grasp what a big deal it is. I am holding on to truths essential for my faith, loving them and hoping that through growth, they seep deeper into my soul.
Scripture helps me to better understand scripture. 1 Corinthians 15:17-19 helps me to know what a big deal the resurrection is: And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
If Christ didn’t get out of the grave, I’m a sad soul, forever indebted to my sin, BUT
Since Christ conquered death and sin and rose victorious out of the grave, there is more to be said:
The same God who raised Jesus from the dead lives in us!!! In Christ, we become recipients of that power. That gives new meaning to Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” The same God who raised Jesus from the dead is the same God who works grace in us, forgiveness in us, patience in us, compassion in us, etc. He is the same God who dispels the lies we believe, breaks our addictions, breaks our family cycles. He is the same God whose Spirit reminds us of our identity daily, reminds us of the gospel daily and directs us toward His will daily.
He overcame death, and we will overcome because He dwells in us. “There is coming a real, objective, historical day when God’s people will be raised as Jesus was.” -Piper
The resurrection of Christ is magnificent.
When we are aware of that truth, we will recognize the power of His Spirit in us.