Easter message: Responding to Christ’s death and resurrection- 27th March, 2016

1.    Walk in newness of life
Romans 6: 4
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
While man’s recreated spirit is completely new (2 Corinthians 5: 17), his soul and his body need further work in order for the whole of man (spirit, soul and body) to be found blameless at the coming of Christ (1 Thessalonians 5: 23).

The soul, otherwise known as the mind, is responsible for learning, intelligence, the emotions, and the personality.  The body is the part of man that we can touch, feel, see etc.
Our minds need to be renewed in order for our perspectives on various issues to change and be transformed to fit God’s will, or we would find ourselves conformed to the pattern of the world (Romans 12: 2).
Our bodies need to be brought into subjection under our spirits (1 Corinthians 9: 27).
The soul and the body are together referred to as the flesh.
The operations of man’s recreated spirit are opposite to those of the flesh (Romans 7: 21-23, Romans 8: 7-8).  As a Christian, your walk would be successful only to the extent that you allow your spirit to dominate over your flesh.
2. Become like him in living victorious over sin and death
Romans 6: 6-14
6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,a that we should NO LONGER BE SLAVES TO SIN— 7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 14For SIN SHALL NO LONGER BE YOUR MASTER, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 8: 10-11
10But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives lifed because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because ofe his Spirit who lives in you.
3. Enjoy access to God and fellowship with him without any feeling of inferiority
Until Christ came, only priests could enter into the outer courts to carry out their ministry, and only the high priest was allowed access into the Holiest Place, the inner courts, and never without the blood of goats and calves, taken along for the propitiation of the sins of the high priest and of the congregation (Hebrews 9: 6-7). Christ came as High priest of good things, ONCE AND FOR ALL making a way into the tabernacle by his own blood and obtaining eternal redemption for us.
As Christ gave up the ghost in Mark 15: 37, Matthew 27:51, Luke 23: 45), the curtain of the temple was torn into two from top to bottom, creating access into the (spiritual) tabernacle for every saved person.
Today, you and I have access to God, we do not need a prayer contractor to help us pray to him, we may only ask for a Christian brother or sister to agree with us in prayer (Matthew 18: 19), to pray along with us and not to approach the Lord on our behalf because we are unable to do so ourselves.  We don’t feel unworthy (1 John 3: 21) and we can boldly approach his throne (Hebrews 4: 16).  I encourage you to make use of this access by spending quality time fellowshipping with the Lord.