September15, 2019, Sunday School Notes
Our lesson writer entitled this session Resurrected. Wait. This isn’t Resurrection Sunday why a lesson titled Resurrected in the book of Ephesians?
What does it mean to be resurrected?
I often refer to Webster. My favorite is Webster’s 1828 edition. And that edition told me this:
Resurrection A rising again; chiefly, the revival of the dead of the human race, or their return from the grave, particularly at the general judgment. By the resurrection of Christ we have assurance of the future resurrection of men. 1 Peter 1:3.
Creation repeatedly demonstrates resurrection to us. GOD built it in for us to see. Each night when we go to sleep we are picturing death. While we sleep we are dead to this world; we know not what is going on in it, we must be awakened to participate in it.
Each morning we emerge from sleep, even before we open our eyes, our senses kick in and we know we are alive. Each morning we vividly picture resurrection.
Similarly, SPIRITUALLY we once were DEAD.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
We were dead to experiencing the HOLY SPIRIT. He was not in us; we were dead even though our body was much alive to our five senses, we lived by them. Then we were quickened as the Scripture states. We were RESURRECTED. In CHRIST JESUS we were made SPIRITUALLY ALIVE. So now we are physically alive and spiritually alive and the war is on! The five senses continue to SCREAM to be in charge and the HOLY SPIRIT quietly urges that we listen to Him. To whom we submit is the degree to which we experience RESURRECTION on a daily basis AND to the degree to which we experience our resurrection is to the degree that we demonstrate GOD to this five senses world we live in.
And that’s what I have so far. Good Intro, I think. 🙂