We all need to see a two-fold vision concerning resurrection. First, we need see Christ’s eternal and unchanging existence in His resurrection. Second, we need to see that Christ as the Lord Spirit is intensely focused in His operation today to produce the church as an entity entirely in resurrection. If we see such a vision and touch such an operation, our living and work will be revolutionized. What we value and what we seek will be radically changed.
“And the living One; and I became dead, and behold, I am living forever and ever; and I have the keys of death and of Hades.” (Rev. 1:18) Having passed through death and entered into resurrection, Christ is living forever and ever. Hallelujah! His existence is eternal and unchanging. Although death operated, it was not possible for Him to be held by it (Acts 2:24). Furthermore, the church was born in this resurrection and now continues its existence in resurrection. In the resurrected One, the church is resurrectionly, the same as the resurrected Lord. Such a church in resurrection is the only thing that will last on the earth.
The building up of the church as an entity entirely in Christ’s resurrection depends on saints whose being and living are brought into resurrection. No work of the natural man, no matter how good or successful, will last. No amount of activity according to the natural constitution will have an eternal effect. Yet, the smallest aspect of our daily living which has been transferred into the resurrected Christ has an eternal value for the building up of the resurrectionly church. What then matters? What should be our primary focus? A successful career? A life of comfort and ease? Our future? Our health? In our perplexing circumstances, under the sovereign arrangement of the God of resurrection, death attacks. But resurrection remains. Christ is living forever and ever, the church continues her eternal existence in her resurrected Lord, and the Lord Spirit operates to bring us into resurrection. May the Lord grant us such a vision and may we know this resurrection life!