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Resurrection Power

April 4, 2010

(1 Corinthians 15:1-11 ESV)

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

In the resurrection of Christ there is true victory over sin. Not that we will never sin but that He has emerged victorious over our sin. It is Christ, not our own strength, which conquers sin. The minute we think we can gain victory over it in our own strength we diminish His victory over it and thus the immense sacrifice that He suffered.

Let us never forget that it is only through Christ that we have any victory over sin. We worship and follow a risen Lord not a dead prophet. He is alive today seated at the right hand of the Father and ruling over His people. If you are saved by Christ this day rejoice in His victory over your sin which could not be attained any other way. If you do not know Christ, may this be the day you heed His call to repent and believe.

God bless.

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