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The bodily resurrection of Christ is an historic fact. Jesus completed everything necessary for redemption. He completed God’s plan of redemption established in eternity. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the proof that everything Jesus said is absolutely true. He is fully God and fully Man. He was the Passover Lamb which has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7) The Risen Lord Jesus is our hope!

Those who stand firmly in the Person and Work of Christ have been made His followers by the Holy Spirit. Disciples, followers and learners of Jesus Christ, are made not born. Only God makes Christians. No one is born a Christian. No one is righteous, no one even seeks God. The Bible describes all mankind as naturally children of God’s wrath. But, God is rich in mercy. He chooses to pour out His mercy on His people whom He chose before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1, 2)

The Bible defines salvation to be deliverance by God from God for God. The Apostle Paul wrote that believers have been crucified with Christ. Christians no longer live for themselves but for Him. Christians live for God. We have God-centered lives. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth to hold every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

The believer’s life in Christ is made possible by the perfect life of Christ and His perfect sacrifice. His bodily resurrection is the proof of this absolute truth.

So now we who are in Christ must live in Him. We are called to work out our salvation because God is at work in us. (Philippians 2:12-13) The Evangelist, Luke wrote of the practical application for living in Christ by the power of His resurrection. Christians are disciples, Acts 11:26. A disciple is a learner and a follower of a master. Therefore, a Christian is a learner and follower of Jesus Christ our Master. Proceeding further, living the Christian Life is namely the life of a learner and follower of Jesus.

A friend of mine calls a Christian, “A work in progress.” Jesus taught a parable that concerns this work in progress. This progressive work according to the Bible is called living “in Christ.”

In the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Jesus gave a comprehensive view of the Kingdom Life. We who submit to the King Jesus live the Kingdom Life. Christians are called to live each day before the King expecting His return at any time. Further, the King calls His servants to invest what He has given each one in His Kingdom. This again is the Christian’s life “in Christ.”

The Parable of the Talents Immediately precedes Jesus’ teaching on the final judgment. The Parable of the Talents not only teaches God’s expectation for His people to invest what He has given them in His Kingdom. It further emphasizes the absolute sovereign rule of God.

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