In the Likeness of His Death to be in the Likeness of His Resurrection

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New JerusalemIn the death of Christ we live in the newness of His resurrection life. This is Romans 6, especially verse 4, “We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.”

Verse 5 continues, “For if we have grown together with Him in the likeness of His death, indeed we will also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” New Jerusalem will fully manifest His resurrection and we are growing into it now.

The wound signifies the death of Christ in which we sinners who wounded Christ are captured, kept, and imprisoned. The only place that one can be a normal, proper Christian is in the wound, the death, of Christ. We all need to say, “Lord, I have no choice; my unique residence today is Your death.” Hallelujah for the death of Christ! This death is our rest, our residence, our home, and our unique place of protection….His death has to be our daily dwelling place, and His resurrection should be our daily experience. We should be one with Him all the time in His death and resurrection. Our oneness with Him is in the Spirit.*

The facts are in Romans 6 but we also need a desire to experience what Christ has accomplished. This is expressed in Philippians 3:10, “To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

To be conformed to His death is to give up everything of the old creation so that we live entirely in the new creation, on the way to the fulness of New Jerusalem.

* From chapter 33, Witness LeeGod’s New Testament Economy, published by Living Stream Ministry, © Witness Lee, 1986.

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