“Because I Live…”
“‘Because I live, you also will live.’” (John 14:19 NIV)
Jesus has made the life of believers in him as certain as his own. As sure as the head lives, the members live also. If Jesus has not risen from the dead, then are we dead in our sins; but since he has risen, all believers are risen in him. His death has put away our transgressions, and loosed the bond which held us under the death sentence. His resurrection proves our justification: we are absolved, and mercy says, “The Lord has put away your sin, you shall not die.”
Jesus has made the life of his people as eternal as his own. How can they die as long as he lives, seeing they are one with him? Because he dies no more, and death has no more dominion over him, so they shall no more return to the graves of their old sins, but shall live unto the Lord in newness of life. O believer, when, under great temptation, you fear that you shall one day fall by the hand of the enemy, let this reassure you. You shall never lose your spiritual life, for it is hid with Christ in God. You do not doubt the immortality of your Lord; therefore, do not think that he will let you die, since you are one with him. The argument for your life is his life, and of that you can have no fear; wherefore rest in your living Lord.
-C.H. Spurgeon (excerpted and adapted from Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith)
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
(1 Corinthians 15:19-22)
Read John 14:15-21.