What shall we say then? If Jesus is not risen neither shall we arise. If He is not risen we remain dead in our trespasses and have no hope.
We have a tendency to proclaim our salvation is sure because of the works Jesus completed at the Cross of Calvary. But this I tell you my friend. If it ended at the Cross of Calvary then we are lost without hope and only living a dream. The works were not complete when Jesus was crucified. The works required for our eternal life were complete when God raised Jesus from the dead.
At the Cross of Calvary Jesus completed His part. On the first day of the week, God completed His. And because God fully accepted the life and sacrifice of His Son, God resurrected Him and sat Him at His right hand until the fullness of His purchased possession has come in. These are the ones who, by the Grace of God, have inherited eternal life through faith. These are the people God has taken out of Gentile nations for His Name.
Christians are the body of Christ. We are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood. Ours is to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness unto His marvelous light.
We are not called to rule and reign on earth during this age. We are not called to take over the world or change the world. We are not called to establish a physical kingdom on earth. We are called to be witnesses of Him who has called us.
At the appointed time we will return to earth with the King of kings and Lord of lords who will establish His kingdom and rule and reign on earth from His throne. He will give us much authority in His kingdom and then we will accomplish His will on earth.
In the mean time our focus is to be on Jesus. Our aim is to be pleasing to Him who was sacrificed for our salvation. Our desire is to live our lives in a way which brings glory, honor, and praise to Him. We are to be examples to the world, not conquerors. We are to be mighty in spirit and meek in conduct. We are to be spiritual warriors and gentle people seeking peace with all. We are not appointed as judge and jury but as witnesses through living our lives in humbleness and being enlightening examples of Him who purchased us.
What ever Christian who thinks he is mighty in the world should realize he is nothing. He is not yet complete. He remains in an error prone flesh body.
We are a work in progress. Our spirit is complete and perfected. Our mind is being conformed to the mind of Christ. Our body will be changed on the day of our resurrection. This is the time we will be complete. We are a spiritual house and we will receive a perfected spiritual body on that day. The day of our resurrection.
This is the day of the First Begotten . . . The day of His resurrection . . . The day He was perfected. Glory to God!