The resurrection is not an additional achievement to the work of Christ, it is an elemental transaction that happened, the climactic conclusion to the redemptive work that sealed our justification. Not only did he take our sins upon the cross, but he absolved our guilt in his resurrection. We are redeemed because Jesus defeated death.
Have you ever found it difficult to sustain your daily commitment to pray? I know I have, and I also know, from the majority of Christians that I have spoken to, that I’m far from alone in this struggle.
A church is not a gathering of the perfect. It is the gathering of those being perfected. So, when I say that a church cannot be bad, I do not mean that sin is absent. I mean that the church, as a gathering of believers, cannot exist in contradiction to the work of Christ.
The hope of prosperity, or rather the reality of it, is that we can prosper even in the slums of India and be a mighty instrument for His glory all the days of our lives, and we’d have been more prosperous than the millionaire who does nothing more than go to church every Sunday.
It is not enough that one confesses Christ as Lord. His life needs to bear the fruit of such a confession. In short, beloved, the new life is evidenced in a believer’s life because he lives a new way, the Christlike way.