That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death;
I. AS THE ASSURANCE OF IMMORALITY (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:14, etc.).
II. AS THE TRIUMPH OVER SIX AND THE PLEDGE OF JUSTIFICATION (Romans 4:24-25).
III. AS ASSERTING THE DIGNITY AND ENFORCING THE CLAIMS OF THE HUMAN BODY (1 Corinthians 6:13-15; Philippians 3:21).
IV. Thus STIMULATING THE WHOLE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL BEING (Romans 6:4, etc.; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:12).
I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE POWER OF CHRIST'S RESURRECTION. The influence which that great event has upon the other parts of His mediatorial character and offices, connected with the safety and happiness of His people. This may be traced —
1. In the open and uncontroverted declaration of His Divine Sonship (Romans 1:4; Psalm 2:1; cf. Acts 13:32; Hebrews 1:3-5).
2. In its influence upon our justification (Romans 4:25).
3. In its effect on our sanctification (John 7:39; John 16:7-8).
4. In the exaltation of the saints to glory of which it is the procuring cause — "Because I live," etc. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
II. WHAT IS IT TO KNOW THAT POWER?
1. Not merely the illumination of the understanding but —
2. The heart felt experience of what is said to be known (Colossians 2:12-13; Colossians 3:1; Ephesians 2:4-57, corresponding to what the resurrection meant for Christ.
(1) Our Sonship — "begotten again to a lively hope."
(2) Our freedom from the law's penalties, which He has satisfied.
(3) Our entrance into the glory whither He as our fore runner has gone.
III. WHY, AS BELIEVERS, WE SHOULD DESIRE THAT KNOWLEDGE MORE AND MORE. Because —
1. It is essential to the Christian character.
2. It tends to strengthen faith.
3. It teaches the true estimate of life with all its cares, and death with all its terrors.Inferences:
1. The religion of Christ in all its parts is intended to be practical and experimental.
2. The Christian should be always pressing onwards to higher attainments of knowledge, faith, and holiness.
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