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The chief priests and the Pharisees were determined that Jesus was going to stay in his grave. They used every resource and power available to see to that. They secured the tomb by placing a seal on the great stone that had been rolled in front of it to close the entrance.

Matthew 27:66

     66     And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

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They also posted guards at the entrance of the tomb. These were not the spekoulator who were bodyguards or executioners, nor the phulax who were keepers, but the elite koustodia who were the Roman army’s special forces.

In spite of all their human efforts, the Jewish leaders were unable to prevent Jesus from accomplishing what had already been determined and promised: “After three days I will rise again”

Matthew 27:63

     63     and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’

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These carnal-minded, religious leaders did not know that NOTHING in the physical realm has the ability to hinder the divine will from accomplishing its purpose.

Paul states that all who are baptized into Christ are baptized into his death, and in the same manner that Christ was resurrected they are to be resurrected to a new life in Christ.

Romans 6:1-23

     1     What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?

     2     May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

     3     Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

     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.

     5     For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

     6     knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

     7     for he who has died is freed from sin.

     8     Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

     9     knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.

     10     For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

     11     Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

     12     Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,

     13     and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

     14     For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

     15     What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!

     16     Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

     17     But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,

     18     and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

     19     I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.

     20     For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

     21     Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.

     22     But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

     23     For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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There are individuals who want others to believe that someone or something prevents their resurrection to a new life. Such a person remains the same individual that he was before his “conversion.” You can stop a fake, but not a genuine resurrection to a new life in Christ.

God’s incomparably great power is available for those who believe. “That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms”

Ephesians 1:19-20

     19     and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

     20     which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

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If you deliberately decide in your heart that you are going to bury your old self and be resurrected to a new life in Christ, you have God’s promise that you cannot be stopped. However, if you are looking for an excuse for living the same old life day after day, you will find one. There are numerous people and things to blame. You can blame society, or your mate or your children, or your parents, or your neighbors or hypocrites in the church. You can blame bad breaks, the wrong side of the bed, circumstances, or your tough childhood. Excuses are endless, but if you want to be resurrected to a new life you will be. Nothing can stop you.

If you are a fake, you will always have an excuse why you cannot change. If you are genuine, you will not be stopped.

 

 

 

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