There are 6 stanzas, Stanzas 1-3 illuminate what God had accomplished during the resurrection and 5 & 6 speak of our praise because of the victory.
The fourth stanza is different because it speaks of our identity with Christ.
Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head,
Made like him like him we rise,
Ours the cross the grave the skies”
It got me thinking, what was on the mind of Charles to write, “Made like him like him we rise,”
When was it that we were Made like Christ?
Perhaps Wesley had Romans 6:4,5 in mind:
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in death like this, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
In particular, I like the word “certainly” since it affirmatively states our position with Christ in heaven, however the word “if” seems pretty dicey since it is conditional.
When the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome, he stressed that “We may live a new life if we have been united with him in death.”
So the BIG question remains, when have we been united with Jesus in death? ( Admittedly, I left the first part of verse 4 for the dessert of this scripture portion! )
6:4 reads We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Many of our partners are astounded when we present our work and show footage of baptisms, -
" You do it like they did back in the Bible" - many respond.
- Well yes, Simply, there are many counterfeit religions that offer alternatives to identify with the death of Christ, none of which have basis of biblical authority. It is clear our identity with Christ is realized when we are clothed with Him at Baptism, through faith ( Galatians 3: 27). Baptism is to be immersed in water, much water, lowered in, just like death. It is that day, that we are made anew, and we can ascribe a " date of manufacture" as being lifted with Christ!
Picture : Cross of flowers composed of flowers picked from local gardens brought by worshipers.