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Risen With Christ

Risen With Christ

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REV. HENRY KING, M.A.

COLOSSIANS iil. 1.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things
which are above, where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God.
REV. HENRY KING, M.A.

COLOSSIANS iil. 1.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things
which are above, where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God.

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RISEN WITH CHRISTREV. HENRY KING, M.A. COLOSSIANS iil. 1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. All the precepts of Christianity are of parti-cular and personal application and experience; even as they are founded upon, and enforced by, the several particular circumstances of the life and death of One individual Person, who united in himself two distinct and separate natures, without any, the least, confusion: Every circumstance recorded of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is distinctly laid down in Scripture as the foundation of a particular relation between him and each individual be-liever. The words of the text afford one of many instances in proof of this : they contain an exhortation to a certain line of conduct, ia conformity with the fact of our Lord's ascension into heaven, to the right hand of God : Seek
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130 SERUON IX. those things which- are above. And this exhor-tation is itself founded on the fact of a previous conformity between Christ and the believer: Ifye, then, be risen with Christ. Thus we find, in a single sentence, two remarkable examples of the truth of the preceding observation, — the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead iu the flesh, is the foundation and the security of the believer's resurrection in the spirit; and the ascension of Christ into heaven in the flesh, is the foundation and the security of the be-liever's ascension in the spirit. For the doc-trines of Christianity, as they originate in the several remarkable facts recorded in the Scrip-ture concerning its Divine Author; so they terminate in corresponding facts, not less re-markable, which are severally experienced by hia sincere followers. I say not less remark-able, on the repeated authority and testimony
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of the same Scripture ; for in both cases those several facts are attributed solely and entirely to the mighty power of God, exerted through the operation of the Holy Ghost. He who raised up Christ from fhe dead, saith the Apostle, shall also quicken your niortal bodies by his Spirit that (bvdleth in you. And it was his prayer for the Epbesiaos,. that ye m(f,y know what is the exxeeding greatness of h^ power to usward who believe, ac-cording to i he working of his, mighty power which he ON COLOSSIANS ill. 1. 131 wrought in Christy when he raised him from the deady and set him at his awn right hand in the tieavenly places. The same power that raised Christ from the dead, even the mighty power of God, alone can raise any mak from the death of sin. This was the doctrine of the Apostles ; this was the -experience of the primitive Chris-tians : And you hath he guickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins — (this is a positive declara-
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