Jesus Christ: "From the Dead"
...All men and women apart from Christ are in spiritual death, moving toward physical death, and even when dead, all souls of men and women apart from Christ are headed towards a final resurrection -unto death(Rev. 20:11-13). Most men and women will be raised only to experience their final transit in relation to death. Namely, entrance into the “second death” with a resurrected body to forever be in the state of receiving the just judgment for their deeds. In the second death all transitive prepositions will no longer be relevant. No one will be headed to, toward, into; all will be in death and among the dead –forever. No transit possible.
Death is a result of sin. It is not a disease. And we are not hapless victims. Yes, because Adam sinned we “all” essentially died because we are born with Adam’s sin nature (Romans 5:12). But all of us at some point consciously, willfully, knowingly sin and disobey God (Romans 3:12). We may not even know of the God of the Bible, but we have a God-given conscience and creation declares that there is a God and there are laws and we rebel (Romans 1:18-20). All of us. All of us commit deeds that are sinful and therefore all of us earn death. All sin, all die. It is that horribly simple.
That is why I say that NO One is “from the dead.” Both morally and actually this is the case.
No one is "ek" (greek preposition) the dead. No one is out of, away from death such that it can be said that they have transited from the dead.
No one –except this “arche,” this firstborn. Who is He? “The beloved Son” (Col. 1:13), Jesus Christ.
He is said here to be “from the dead” (Col. 1:18). “Away from,” “out of” the dead in such a way that He has exited death, never to be within the domain of death again. He is now the ruler over death, “so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. (Col 1:18)
Death is dominant, right? No more. Jesus Christ is supreme over creation, and supreme over death. And He demonstrated this supremacy in His dealing with Death.
1. He died willingly.
"No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. (Joh 10:18)
2. He died victoriously.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1Cor 15:56-57)
He had no sin of his own.
He fulfilled the law and its judgment upon sinners. He paid the wage in full!
3. He rose in complete power from the dead.
"Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been araised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. (Rom 6:8-9)
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