The "Power" of Christ

Inspired

First of all, I do not consider myself a "writer", but sometimes I feel inspired to write. This is a writing that I now feel inspired to pass on.

The power of the resurrection

Passion

But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. -Phil 3:7-10a [CEV]

What Passion! Paul had this PASSION, to the point; some might even say it was an obsession. He completely devoted everything he once valued as worthless to find and know the power of Christ. He was driven and committed by that desire. His passion was to know Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.

I find myself fascinated with this subject of the POWER of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just what is the power of His resurrection? Not just in the in the historical context, but the real power it has. There have been several significant of world events over the course of history, but there has been nothing quite as significant or had such an impact, as this particular “power”. So, the question becomes this: What is this power of His resurrection that has impacted us today?

I have contemplated this question for the longest time, and the best I can summarize the answer is this: THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST IS THE POWER TO LIVE. The Resurrection is all about life. It is about conquering the enemy of life, which is death.

But the Resurrection addresses more than the quantity (or length) of one's life; it also addresses the quality of life. I have come up with four distinctive powers that give us “power” to live:


First, it is the power to live IN Christ.

Apart from Jesus Christ, there is no life. Those without Him are dead. Life begins with Him. By paying sin's debt and conquering death, Jesus has forever established Himself as "the way, the truth, and the life”.


Second, it is the power to live LIKE Christ.

I hear people say, "I am not a Christian because I just don't think I can live it.” And they are right. They cannot. Neither can I, and neither can you. Neither could Paul, who admitted as much when he confessed that he often did things he wished he hadn't, or failed to do things he wished he had. The plain fact is that if we could live the Christian life apart from Christ, Calvary is unnecessary. But we cannot. It is the power of the risen Christ living in the believer that makes it possible for us to be conformed to His image, to live like Him [Rom.8: 29]. This process, known as sanctification, is one aspect of the POWER of His resurrection.


Third, it is the power to live FOR Christ.

This is the power of PURPOSE. The risen Savior gives purpose and meaning to the life of the believer. To live for Christ means to live to fulfill His purpose in this world. It means to live a life that glorifies Him [1 Cor.6: 20].


And fourth, it is the power to live WITH Christ.

The first three aspects address life here and now. This one addresses life hereafter. Christ came to give us abundant life on earth, yes. But He also came to give us eternal life. He came to provide the way for us to live forever with Him [Jn.14: 1-4].

For me, this has helped me realize that everything we believe everything we do, everything we are as Christians is based on a relationship with Jesus Christ and built on the power of His resurrection. Now, I am not a preacher, nor am I suggesting anything other than just give it some thought.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

A fine Testament to Christ, Amen, 50


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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

We worship a risen Lord; not a dead man or man-made icon.


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks 50!


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Diamond, AMEN!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

This Hub is wonderfully made! In Christ, like Christ, for Christ, and with Christ. Amen and Amen!


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks James


pastor sam barr 6 years ago

wonderful and practical, thanks for the blessing in reading your hub, may lives be transformed by the power of Christ to all who read this, blessings to you


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you Pastor Sam


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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

A beautiful testament to God. Wonderfully written. Thank you!


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks fetty, praise God...


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Michael C Murphy 6 years ago from California

In Him, Like Him, for Him, with Him! That's the power of love. Beautiful!


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Michael, Huey Lewis couldn't have said it any better, lol.

Thanks so much for you stopping by and commenting.


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K J Page 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Michael - what a powerful piece!! And so, so true........


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Michael didn't write this one, but he does write powerful pieces...but, thanks for dropping by.


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K J Page 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

CMerritt - Sorry - tried to correct, but my fingers hit escape and I was evaporated into the cyber space where cadets are recruited from!!!! Please forgive my erring fingers!!!


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

lol, been there and done that before...lol, no problem, I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by.

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

CMerrit what a fine testament to our Lord Jesus and His place in your life. Thank you.

Brother Dave.


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you Brother Dave, I appreciate you, and your comments.

:)


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Chesterton Wilde 6 years ago from Quebec

Hope you are inspired more often to write more!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub which presents great insights to ponder about. We are victorious because of Christ's resurrection, it makes the great difference. Thank you for sharing these precious truths here at Hubpages. Blessings to you always and best regards.


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Chesterton, I still do not consider myself a writer, I sometimes get inspired to put my thoughts down. This one is from God, clearly. I hope and pray that I get more inspirations. Thank you for coming by and reading, I appreciate it.


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

cristina, thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my hub, and the Thanks goes to God for this hub.

:)


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onceuponatime66 6 years ago from USA IL

CMerritt, I am a servant of Christ. I was so inspired by what you wrote for Christ. Our job on earth is to Glorify Him and you did just that. I hope to read more like this one. Bless you.


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks once, I give thanks to God for allowing me to write that, I hope He uses me again to put together a message such as this one. I appreciate you stopping by to read my hub.


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feenix 5 years ago

CMerritt, this is a powerful hub with a powerful message. I admire and respect you for your insights concerning our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Also, this post served to remind me of all the reasons why I have turned my life and my will over to the care Jesus.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Feenix, your compliments mean very much to me.

With that said I need to pass all praises to Jesus.

He has done so much for me and I do not pass nearly enough recognition to Him.

Thank you for stoping by and leaving your comment.


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Awsome and voted up:) ge


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks ge!! I appreciate it....


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I would aspire to be like Paul in my life. He was a most dedicated man to the cause of Christ. As you mentioned, he was passionate about his faith and inspires us to remain faithful to the end. Great hub topic and good challenge to live with purpose.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Paul had amazing faith and led by example....he set the bar on how we should behave, and an extremely tough bar....

Thank you so very much for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it.

Chris


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

THE GREATNESS OF JESUS By BERNARD LEVINE

The most influential life

ever to have lived on this earth

The greatest love this world has known

The central fulfilment

of hundreds of Bible prophecies

The leading key figure of humanity

Jesus is unique

He walked on water

He raised the dead

He opened blind eyes

He brought us eternal life

Only through His blood

can we be pardoned

Only through His name

can we receive God's power

Only through His life

can we find victory

Lord Jesus

We love and worship you.

© Bernard Levine


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

To sunkentreasure,

Wow and Amen!!

Thanks for your comment


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Michael Adams1959 4 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

WOW this is powerful beautiful!


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ElderYoungMan 4 years ago from Worldwide

That's good stuff Merritt! That kind of love for our Messiah can only flow from a heart that has been reborn. A new thing where the old has passed away. Great Hub!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Michael, I got to give God all credit for this one, He led me to write it.

Thanks for reading,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Elder,

We are so blessed, to have the opportunity to "BE" reborn.

I appreciate your kind words,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Tis the season......


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slcockerham 4 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

Hey CMerritt, Awesome hub brother, Most of the disciples and the authors of the gospels were unlearned men (not writers) that even their persecuters in the Sanhedrin could tell were followers of Christ. Seems that that very power "affects" us and works to transform us into his image. I with Paul, thank God that I'm not the man I used to be, nor am I the man that I will be! Sorry, you got me fired up to start preaching, even though I'm not a preacher either. His words will not return void, keep it up my brother, you will surely hear, "Well done my faithful servant, enter into the kingdoms that I've prepared for you!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

slcockerham,

I apperciate your comment more than you will know!

thank you for your very uplifting words.

Chris


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Well done and so appropriate for this Easter season. Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you tillsontitan!

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