9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. —Romans 8:9–11
We are currently in the season of Easter. Yes, the SEASON of Easter. It began Easter morning and continues through Ascension Day on Thursday the 30th and ends with the day of Pentecost. The church calendar celebrates this time as the Risen Lord gave his final instructions to the disciples. With Ascension Day and Pentecost, we celebrate that Jesus who died has risen; has ascended to the right hand of the Father; and has sent the Holy Spirit to be with his people.
Those of us who have been in the church for a while are so accustomed to the story that we can gloss over the potency of the story. We let our culture distract us with eggs and bunnies and we miss the mind blowing POWER displayed by our creator. Jesus, the God who walked this earth as a man, was raised from the dead and taken into heaven.
We serve an ALMIGHTY God. We live after the ascension: Christ who was willing to die for us now sits at the right hand of the Father and advocates for us, and because he left, the Holy Spirit, the power behind the resurrection lives in us (Rom 8:11). Did you get that? The power behind the resurrection lives in us.
Do we believe this? Do we live it? Does it make any difference in how we live our lives? It should. That’s why we’ve spent this Easter season looking at the work of the Holy Spirit in our personal lives and in our corporate life as a church.
The Power that raised Christ from the dead lives in every Christian, and lives in us as a corporate body of Christ. But we leash Him. We confine Him.
Jesus said “it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7) It was Jesus’ intent that “whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
God the Holy Spirit is the life of the church. We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4) I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)
God the Holy Spirit is the power of the church. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8. We are children of the creator of the universe, Live like it!