Ephesians 1:20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,


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Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead;  There are many articles of faith contained in this passage; that Christ died, that he is raised from the dead, that he was raised from the dead by God the Father, and that his resurrection was by the power of God. The resurrection of any person is an example of this great power, but Christ’s resurrection from the dead was an instance of peculiar and special power; for he was raised from the dead as a public person, representing all his people, for whom he became a surety for. The entire salvation of mankind was dependent on the cross  the death and resurrection of Jesus all by the power of God.  As Christ’s body was really dead, lifeless, and without motion, antecedent to his resurrection, so men, previous to conversion, is dead in trespasses and sins, and are destitute of spiritual life and motion. This is very important to understand the unregenerate soul,  spiritually it has to motion and is dead spiritually. The scripture is clear that to worship God we must in spirit worship Him. The flesh is incapable nor willing to worship the sovereign God of the bible.

And as Christ’s human nature could not help itself, could not raise itself, so neither can dead sinners convert themselves, or bring them out of that state and condition, in which they are by nature; and as the resurrection of Christ was the pure work of God, and a display of his almighty power, so the work of faith, of grace and conversion, is the entire work of God, which is begun, carried on, and finished wholly by his power.  And as Christ’s resurrection was in order to his glorification, so is the regeneration and conversion of men, to the order of their enjoyment of the heavenly inheritance. Jesus Christ suffered in the flesh and died in the flesh,  and The power of God raised His body and His nature was highly exalted at the Right hand of God. Therefore He sits at Father’s right hand, where he enjoys rest and ease from his labors, and is out of the reach of every enemy; will never die again, but live for ever, to intercede for his people, to help and protect them, and bring them where he is; and in whom, as their head and representative, they are already set down in the same heavenly places.

Gregory Lane