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JOSHUA 4:12-24
Gilgal marks the place of spiritual resurrection. Christ not only died, but He was buried and rose
again and then ascended to the right hand of the Father. Very little is said in many Christian
circles these days concerning the resurrection life, and practically nothing at all is said about the
life of ascension. But we find in the Bible that these are spoken of very clearly.
We read in Joshua 4:19-20 that the people came up out of Jordan and camped in Gilgal, and the
12 stones that they took out of the river were piled together in Gilgal by Joshua.
The Jordan River speaks of the place of death and Gilgal the place of life.
We repeat this because we need to remember it. The corresponding New Testament truth is found
in Ephesians 2:5-6 and is very important for our learning and growth. Even when we were dead
in sins, God quickened us together in Christ and raised us up together and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ.
This is our ascension, not for the future but for the present. There is a time in the future when He
will come and resurrect these bodies of our humiliation and give us resurrection bodies. But even
now in our spiritual life we have already been raised together with Him and seated with Him in
the heavenlies.
In our position before God we are not only delivered from the self and sin life, but we are
identified with Christ in His new life. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God
(Col. 3:3).
Theodore Epp

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