I see us as resurrected "now". But again, like ChuckT we may be saying the same thing, just wording it differently.
For me, I'm not waiting for Christ to return in the flesh, I'm waiting for flesh to be fully transformed into the spirit. There are days when I feel like I'm growing younger, even though my body is getting older. Talk about a conflict within.
Amen Nathan.......... Blessings....
I feel like I'm growing younger, even though my body is getting older
2Cr 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.
2Cr 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;
2Cr 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.
Jus' sum added comments:
Jesus' resurrection from the dead is not attached to anything of the first creation; it does not fit in with the natural world. It is an event essentially forming part of the new creation. When our Lord emerged from the grave, this ushered in a new era, for He is the first born from the dead. His resurrection holds a promise for a future without death, in which no one will be buried any longer. Death, too, is a conquered enemy who lost his power over all who rose to a new life with Christ.
In the introduction of the epistle to the Romans, Paul writes that according to the flesh Jesus was descended from David, but according to His holy, inner or spiritual man, He was designated Son of God when He was resurrected from the dead by the power of the Father. When He suffered and died on the cross our Lord bore the debt (the treasure of wrath) of the entire universe.
He 'was made sin', but His resurrection showed that the sacrifice of the Lamb of God was sufficient to take away the sins of the world. Death, the wages of sin, had no right on Him. In Him death found nothing it could claim, for "it was not possible for Him to be held by it", (Acts 2:24).
The wonderous mystery of Jesus' resurrection is that it contains the secret of our victorious life, for He lives and we live with Him. "For if we have been united with Him in a death like his, we shall (now) certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like his",(Rom 6:5). In his first epistle, Peter unfolds this truth as follows: "By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time".
By the resurrection of our Lord we have been born again to a new life. This completely changed our ways of thinking. We are free from the burden of sin and through faith we live a righteous life. Death has no more rights over us. He may no longer pay us the wages of suffering, sickness and death. He is no longer allowed to oppress us. We are justified through this faith in the resurrection of Jesus. We are sons of God and "we know that we are from God", (1John 5:19).
In a world occupied and steeped in evil there are resistance fighters who have severed all contacts with the occupying army and refuse to believe his words: 'You are evil, you are a sinner and you'll remain a sinner until you die'. The rule of the Kingdom of God is that in the natural world no one will prove righteous unless he has first believed and confessed that he is righteous in the unseen world. So it is that we rejoice; for we are a new creation of God, a new race of kings and priests, God's own people.
Peter not only speaks of a new birth causing a change in thinking, but also of a "living hope". This indicates that we have been brought back to God, allowed to function in spirit, soul and body after His perfect will. We are able to live a life of fellowship with the Lord; and there is nothing more glorious than this, for "the life was the light of man"!.
The power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us. For us there is a special reason to rejoice, for this salvation is ready to he revealed in the last time. We see and experience things of which our ancestors could not even dream.
The resurrection of Jesus also took away the power of the last enemy: death. Death no longer has dominion over us, for together with Christ we have risen from the dead. We live in the heavenly places, for that is where we walk. When we die we remain where we are in the inner man, that is in Christ. For us there is no death and Hades. "If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death or see death", (John 8:51-52). When we close our eyes there will he no power of death waiting to take us away with him. We fall asleep in the Lord, this means that we function in the unseen world only, just as some one who sleeps. We refuse to be robbed of our glad and victorious Gospel by any spirit of falsehood who may wish to tell the reborn people that they must die.
There is another hope. It says that Jesus loosed the pangs of death, (Acts 2:24). When a woman is in the pangs of birth, the moment has come that she will be separated from her child. When we die, our body is separated from the inner man, and this is a painful matter. At the resurrection, this separation is terminated, and soul and spirit are re-united with a glorified body. This happened to Jesus, but it will also happen to those who fell asleep in Christ. Then together with Him they will rule all the works of God.
Such is the wonderful Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is a glad tidings of resurrection, hope and glory.