I suspect that the primary reason why the institutional church is so ineffectual is because she has lost the meaning of the power of the resurrection. When I ask someone who calls me to describe the resurrection, most skip right over it and start babbling about the Lord going to prison to preach, grab the keys, etc., saying nothing at all about what happened in the tomb.
This is yet another reason why the vast majority of churchgoers are operating out of a false conversion. For there is no born again experience without an understanding of the resurrection. Colossians 2:22 says that we are buried together with Him in baptism, and we are also raised together with Him through FAITH in the fact that God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead.
Those who saw the Lord alive after His death did not need faith because their very eyes witnessed it. They were at the cross when He died and they were in the upper room when He bodily appeared.
To be born again is to come back to life in the spirit after being dead. Those who are not born again are spiritually dead, dead in trespasses and sins. They are physically alive but dead in spirit.
The Lord Jesus proved how great the power of His life is through His resurrection. He established that resurrection life is a life that cannot be touched by death. YOU MAY KILL ME BUT YOU CAN NOT KILL MY SPIRIT.
The interesting thing is that before we are born again, we are physically alive yet spiritually dead. Once we become spiritually alive, though we will one day physically die—-maybe—–the resurrection of the Lord takes away the sting of death which is the fear of it.
You also need to understand that without the resurrection, no one can cast out demons.
the reason the born again can withstand Satan is because our life is a life of resurrection. Since our new life in the spirit has translated us out of satan’s kingdom, he has no authority over us. I find that when the resurrection power is expressed through me, not just the cross but the resurrection, demons and fallen angels flee.
I triumph in the cross but also in the resurrection. Satan can kill my body but not my spirit and not my soul. and he can’t kill my body unless God allows him to do so.
Where did YOU stand on the resurrection, Christian?
Do you know who God IS? He is the actual creator of all that we see and can’t see. So for that logical reason alone, we should lose all fear of death and being annihilated. Why? because even in death, we still live in the mind of the One who created us. So having faith in Him should make good sense. We should also lose all fear of satan! for like us, he is only a created being.
Yet there is yet another thing. It is the most supernatural thing in the bible: THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD IN CHRIST!!!! It has happened once already if you believe the bible. Take a look at Matthew 27:51-53. As the saints of old were raised, we who are alive when the Lord returns shall be changed to immortality. In fact, besides ruling down here, Jesus Christ main reason for returning to earth is to claim His complete power over death. He will raise the dead out of their graves and tombs of all those who sleep in Him since He ascended.
So if you claim to believe in the Lord Jesus, how can you fear death??? THAT IS AN OXYMORON!!!
Sometimes I think I have heard it all until the enemy does something new. then all I can do is shake my head.
One of the things Satan is doing with false conversions is using all of the gospel story—the cross, repentance, weeping, forgiveness, peace, baptism, ALL BUT THE RESURRECTION!!!!!
Here is an example from someone with a false conversion. :
I had another conversion experience. This time I was online watching a video. I felt cut to the heart and started crying. Then a voice told me to go and run a bath and be baptized. I was crying so much because I’m so sick of being lied to. I went in and baptized myself and I came out and felt like I was saved. Right before I did it, I heard “you are really going to hell this time”. Baptized myself and I felt much better when I arose I had a new spirit. I cried more because it was not the same. I dont know if I believe it or not yet.
All I am saying is that we were trained in the institutional church that the enemy is afraid of the cross. He is NOT!!!! He uses it ALL, including the BIBLE. He uses ALL but I have yet to see him use the resurrection in the correct way in one of his false conversions.
So understand this. If faith in the resurrection of the Lord was not a part of your salvation experience, you are still dead in your trespasses and sins and your faith in the Lord is vain. Put simply, you are NOT born again. So watch this video to get an understanding of the most essential component of the gospel.