Romans 6:3-5 says that we DIED with Christ, and that IF we died with Him,
we also ROSE with Him and we SHARE His resurrection life.
In other words,
we have been LOOSED from our GRAVECLOTHES: loosed from the bonds of death
and now walk in GRACECLOTHES because we share in His resurrection life
not because of anything we have done,
but because Christ TOOK our sin and GAVE us His righteousness.
[2 Cor 5:21]
In John 11 we read that Lazarus was DEAD.
When Jesus called him from the tomb, he was BOUND with GRAVECLOTHES
and Jesus commanded: “LOOSE HIM and let him go”
Did Lazarus desire to return to the grave?
No way! Later, we find Lazarus seated with Jesus at the table.
In Numbers 14:3-4 and 11:5 we read that after Israel was miraculously delivered from bondage in Egypt, they experienced great evidence of God’s protection and provision.
They were SAVED but they were not SATISFIED.
They hankered after the leeks, the garlic and the onions.
They lived a ‘BETWEEN LIFE’
DO WE EXPERIENCE A “BETWEEN” LIFE?
Do we live BETWEEN Egypt and Canaan
with fleshly desires, hankering after the things of the world?
Do we live BETWEEN Good Friday
and Easter Sunday
between the cross and the empty tomb?
Do we believe in the cross,
and even believe
that Christ rose from the dead
but fail to walk in newness of life?
Are we powerless instead of conqueror?
Do we live BETWEEN the empty tomb and fellowship with the risen Christ? Are we still clothed with graveclothes – evidence of our old, sinful nature –
or do we wear the graceclothes provided by Christ.
Do we fellowship with Him, drawing strength from Him,
discovering His will for our lives, living in His presence and following Him?
2 Corinthians 5:17
IF anyone is in Christ he IS a new creation.
Old things HAVE PASSED AWAY.
Behold, ALL things HAVE BECOME NEW.
Note: There is NO ‘between” It is “IF . . . Then”
It is “IF we are in Christ . . . THEN the old is GONE and ALL is NEW”
No in between!
O my Saviour, lifted from the earth for me,
Draw me, in Thy mercy, nearer unto Thee.
Lift my earth-bound longings, fix them Lord above;
Draw me with the magnet of Thy mighty love.