I WAS MADE ALIVE WITH CHRIST
Colossians 2:13, “And you being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, you did He make alive together with Him”; and Ephesians 2:5, “Even when we were dead through our trespasses made us alive together with Christ.” When God raised Christ from the dead, He said, “Thou art my son; this day have I begotten thee” (Hebrews 1:5 and Acts 13:33). He was the firstborn from the dead. He was the first man to be born out of spiritual death into Eternal Life. He was the first man over whom the dominion of death was broken. Romans 6:9-10, “Death no more hath dominion over Him, for the death that He died, He died unto sin once.” When He was identified with us on the Cross, Death had dominion over Him, but when He paid our penalty, the dominion was broken. He was released. He died unto sin and He was begotten of God in the realm of life. Romans 8:29, “For whom He foreknew He also fore-ordained to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn of many brethren.”
The “many brethren” were legally identified with Him in His Birth out of death into Life, but He was the first one to vitally experience it, the first-born. In legally being made alive with Christ, we were conformed to His Image. The word “conform” means to make exactly like. It means to be made according to a certain pattern. In His being made sin in Crucifixion, He had been conformed to our image of spiritual death. When He was made alive, we were made alive with Him. With Him we are conformed to the Image of this first-born. All that He is we become. That is why we are joint-heirs with Him. We were legally born out of death into Life with Him.
In Romans 6:11, He tells us that we are to reckon ourselves dead unto sin and alive unto God in as much reality as Christ is dead unto sin and alive unto God. The reason for it lies in the fact we were together born again, made alive legally. A man, vitally receiving this Life of God, is actually born out of death into life when he personally accepts Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection in reality means this. It is as though Adam had gone to Hell, suffered the judgment that was due him and had been released, freed from the bondage of spiritual death, legally acquitted from his crime of high treason, and given the right to receive Eternal Life and walk in fellowship with God.
If Adam could have done this, the human race that had been identified with him in his spiritual death would never have been under the dominion of death, but Adam could not do this. God in His great love wherewith He loved us, sent His Son to do it. In Adam, all humanity died spiritually, and as a basis of identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, all humanity legally has been made alive. I Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die; so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
The man or woman who has accepted Christ as Saviour and Lord may walk in fellowship with the Father and as free from Satan’s dominion as though Adam had never sinned or been spiritually dead. At the New Birth a man passes from the authority of Satan into the Lordship of Christ. Colossians 1:13, “Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love.”
This is because when Christ was released from death into Life, man was really released with Him. All that Christ did was not for Himself, but for man.
After Christ had been released from Satan’s authority, the next step was to put off from Himself the forces of Satan. The Word tells us, in Ephesians 1:20-23, that when God raised Christ from the dead that He raised Him far above “all other government, and authority, and power, and dominion and every title of sovereignty used either in this Age or the Age to come.”
I WAS RAISED WITH CHRIST
Ephesians 2:6, “And raised us up with Him.” Our battle in this world is with the principalities and powers and world rulers of this darkness, with the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the high places. Ephesians 6:12, “For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and „govern this dark world, and the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare” (Weymouth). These are the rulers that Christ disarmed and displayed as His conquests in the very throne room of Satan.
Colossians 2:15, “And the hostile princes and rulers He shook off from Himself and boldly displayed as His conquests when He triumphed over them” (Weymouth). Hebrews 2:14, “That through death He might bring to nought Him that had the authority of death, that is, the devil.” Another version of the Greek reads, “He rendered powerless him that held the dominion of death, that is, the devil.” We were identified with Christ in this victory over Satan. It is only because of our identification with Him that He was thus triumphing over Satan. He always was greater than Satan.
It was because of His Identification with us that as a man He must meet Satan in his own dominion and conquer him. He went there as our Substitute representative. His victory was our victory. When He stripped Satan of his authority, it was as though we had done it. After Jesus’ Justification, Satan no longer had dominion over Him. Our identification with Christ makes us as free as Jesus is.
I WAS SEATED WITH CHRIST
After Christ’s spirit had been freed from Hell, He entered His body, raising it to immortality. Acts 2:31, “He foreseeing this spake of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was He left in Hell nor did His flesh see corruption.” Before His Ascension to sit down at the Father’s right hand, He appeared to His disciples, telling them that all authority in Heaven and earth had been given unto Him. Matthew 28:18, “All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.” As a man, He possessed authority over the world rulers of this spiritual darkness. With that authority, He sat down at the Father’s right hand. It was for us. Acts 2:34-35, “For David ascended not into the heavens; but he saith himself: The Lord said unto my Lord,
Sit thou on my right hand till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet.” In Hebrews 1:13, we have a song of praise, addressed to the Son, in which the Father said: “Sit thou on my right hand till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet.”
Hebrews 10:13 tells us that He is waiting for His enemies to be made the footstool of His feet. Let us study this in connection with Ephesians 1:20-23: “Which he wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead, and made Him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority, and power, and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come; and He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him, that filleth all in all.” He legally put all things under His feet (that is, under His body, the Church) in His Resurrection, and He is waiting today for those enemies of His (man’s enemies, Satan, sin, sickness) to be vitally put under His feet. We are seated with Him. (Ephesians 2:6, “And made us to sit with Him in the Heavenly places.”) He is waiting for us in His Name to vitally take what legally is ours and in His Name put every enemy of ours under our feet that we might reign as kings with Him. Read and study very carefully Romans 5:17. The identification of man and Christ has destroyed the work of Satan in humanity through man’s identification with Adam.