In the beginning was the Wordand the Word was with Godand the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God.” “And the Word was made flesh – and dwelt among us – and we beheld His glory – the glory as of the only begotten of the Father – full of grace and Truth.” [Jn.1:1-2, 14]


“…whose names were not written — in the Book of the Life of the Lambslainfrom the foundation of the world. (9) If any man have an earlet him hear.” [Rev.13:8-9]


“And being fully persuadedthat what He had promisedHewas able also to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (23) Nowit ws not written for his sake alonethat it was imputed to him, (24) but for us alsoto whom it was imputedif we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (25) whowas delivered for our offencesand was raised againfor our Justification.” [Rom.4:21-25]


(Lit.) Having been justifiedtherefore, – by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) by whom also – we have access by faith – into this grace wherein we stand – and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” [Rom.5:1-2]


Thereforewe are buried with Himby baptism into death: – that like as Christ was raised up from the deadby the glory of the Fathereven so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection…” [Ro.6:4-5]


(17) “But God be thanked, – that ye were the servants of sinbut ye have obeyed from the heartthat form of doctrine – (lit.) unto whichye were delivered! (18) Being then made free from sinye becamethe servants of righteousness!” [Ro.6: 17-18]


(20) “For when ye were servants of sinye werefree from righteousness!” [Ro.6:20]


(22) “But nowbeing made free from sinand become servants to Godye have your fruit unto holiness, and the endeverlasting life! (23) For the wages of sin is death – but the gift of Godis eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” [Ro.6:22-23]

The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is a divine event that is to be celebrated by all the truly born from above sinner/children in this present passing away world! The above 8 contexts serve to draw a picture why this is true. First of all – He who is the Living Word of God was purposed from eternity – in His incarnation – to come into this world – to be the Savior and Substitute of all of His people. And, second, the names of each one of these – His saved ones – are written the Book of the Life of the Lamb slain from the Foundation of the World”.

The third context refers to what the Word of God says concerning Abraham – unto whom our Lord promised that through him — the example that He was going to make of him — He was going to bless all the families of the earth! He did not tell Abraham that all the persons of all the families – but, at least one of all the families — will be included among all the sinners who have been Saved by Grace! What an incredible promise! [see: Gen.12:3]. Only God Almighty, could possibly purpose and perform such a promise as this! Hence, the resurrection of Christ is very aptly alluded to – as well as all of His Seed – who are the children of the Kingdom of God [see: Mt.13:37-38].

This leads quite naturally into the fourth context. The final words of the third context having declared unto us that the Lord Jesus was raised again – specifically — for our Justification. This sets up nicely the literal wording of Rom.5:1-2 – which actually says: Having been Justifiedthereforeby faith we have Peace with Godthrough our Lord Jesus Christ.” Which naturally leads us into the wonderful truth of vs.2 – which describes our rejoicing — of the sovereign grace in which we stand!

In the fifth context we come into the sixth chapter of Romans. Whereupon we are rightly identified with Christ – our Sovereign Substitute and Savior – in His death and resurrection! What’s so special about the context of Rom.6:4-5 – is the truth that the Son of God – upon whom all the sins of all whom the Father had given unto Him to save – put Him into hell fire on the cross – and it was eternally covenanted that the glory of the Father would bring to factual reality – the resurrection of His Beloved Son – in whom He was well pleased! And, vs.5 of this fifth context (five being the Biblical number of Grace) declares of us – If we have been planted together in the likeness of His deathwe shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.” Praise His name!

The sixth context describes: That only God is to be thanked – the we whom He has chosen to save were bond slaves (servants) of our sin – but by grace we have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine (known to be the Word of the Truth of the Gospel) – lit. – unto which we were delivered!

This is the way the Word of God literally says it! And, this is how – by God’s grace – we are converted into becoming bondslaves of His righteousness over against being nothing but bondslaves to our sin. Again, praise the Lord!

The seventh context simply says the truth – For when we were bondslaves of sinwe were free from righteousness.” Remember, without Christ – there is none righteous – no not one! [see: Ro.3:10].

Finally, the eighth context brings to completion the wonderful work of the Grace of God on our behalf when it declares from Rom.6:22-23 the truth of the matter that says: But nowbeing made free from sinand become bondslaves to Godye have your fruit unto holiness and the endever-lasting life! For the wages of sin is deathbut the free gift of Godis eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Praise the Savior!!

— John Carpenter



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