1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Observation

  • Our current bodies of flesh and blood cannot enter into eternal glory because their nature is to die; whereas the future body needs to be made for eternal life
  • Paul wants them to understand a mystery that has previously not been fully understood
  • When the time comes and the trumpet sounds, whether people have died or alive, everyone in Christ will be changed. Their bodies of both the living and the dead will become imperishable – eternal.
  • Not only do those who have died need a new body, but the living who also have a perishable body will need an eternal body as well.
  • At the time that those in Christ receive their new bodies we will victoriously declare what is written in Isaiah 25:8 “Death has been swallowed up!” We also will declare the words of Hosea 13:14, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
  • The sting of death is sin which separates us from God
  • The power of death is the Law which condemns us as sinners
  • But we have victory over both because Jesus the Christ, our Lord, met the requirement of the law and frees us from the eternal consequences of sin
  • Thank You God!
  • Because we have an eternity to look forward to, and because we are so thankful for God’s love we should keep our eyes on Jesus and work hard to become like Him.

Application

Jesus has turned the power and effect of sin and death to victory for those who love and follow after Him. Death is no longer something we have to fear because its effect has been rendered null and void in Christ. The passing of our perishable bodies is now a cause of hope for us because it marks the moment we will be renewed with life that is eternal and imperishable. Because of the resurrection, nothing Christians do for the Lord is in vain. We need to keep trying, even when we don’t see any results. Don't let discouragement over an apparent lack of results keep you from working hard for Jesus. Do the good that you have opportunity to do knowing that your work will have eternal results.

Prayer

Father, thank you for taking care of the consequences of death on my behalf. I appreciate the love You have shown me by doing for me what I cannot do for myself. Thank you that I can live in hope that there is more than the now, and that there is more and better to come. Help me keep an eternal perspective and persevere through the chaos that is often this life. Use me to bring this same hope and perspective to others. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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