I woke up this morning, prayed with my family. Went outside and got water for my family for the demostic works today. I was burdened to join the ongoing retreats in many locations. As a pastor, my group in steemit need the Easter messages. So, determined to hold the retreat for my people in steemit.
Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Jesus Christ’s victory over death guarantees victory over death for believers.
1 Corinthians 15:20-26
CHRIST DIED AND ROSE FROM THE GRAVE (vv. 20-23).
In the verses proceeding the one on focus, Paul confronted the people in Corinth who taught and believed that there is no resurrection of the physical body.
This was the wider believe then that as the soul lives eternally, that the body dies permanently. This doctrine could do more harm than good to the church, because if Jesus Christ did not resurrect from the dead and came out from the grave with the physical body, there is no need for the existence of the church.
But because Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead, everyone who believes and accepts it will be saved, his name will be transferred from the book of doom to the book of life. That’s what Paul was teaching.
In verses 21-22, Paul used an analogy (Adam and Christ) to portray his points. “Because of one man’s sin all humanity suffer death, Conversely, because of one man’s obedience, those who have experienced spiritual rebirth will experience a resurrection to eternal life.”
In this way, Paul made two points. First, death is inevitable for all because it is the consequences of human sinfulness.
Second, Christ’s resurrection makes certain the resurrection of the believers in Christ.
What Adam’s disobedience brought was death on humanity, Jesus Christ’s obedience to the Father in going to the cross for death on behalf of the entire humanity, reversed the death to life if believes in Him.
Christ’s resurrection offered a secured, unshakable hope for the believers. When we sorrow over the sting of death, or fear our own mortality, we can look back to what Christ had done. In the same way, we can look forward to what he will do for us in the future, when we are raised to eternal life. Through Christ we can live as people who are convinced that eternal life is ours through faith in Christ Jesus.
JESUS CHRIST REIGNS (vv. 24-26)
In verses 24-26, Paul spoke to events that will transpire at the end of this age. No time frame is stated here, though it speaks to me events after the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. Paul’s primary point was to demonstrate the ultimate destruction of death. There is a time coming, the end of time itself, when Christ will totally abolish all enemies and deliver the kingdom to the Father. The Father has declared it so, there is no atom of doubt that it will happen (v. 26).
In the end, Christ will vanquish all enemies. This speaks to the authority, power, and sovereignty of the God we serve, His reign is eternal. Even death, the ultimate enemy of humanity will one day be defeated (v.28). This stands in stark contrast to the false teachers in verse 12. They said, there will be no resurrection, but actually, in the reality, there will be no death.
WHY IS DEATH THE LAST ENEMY TO BE DEFEATED?
IN WHAT SENSE DO CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE VICTORY OVER DEATH?
RESPONSES TO GOD’S WORD
- Jesus Christ has assured resurrection for all who believe in Him. Death has no power over us. Though the pain and grief of death is very real, we find comfort in the hope of Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
- We might ask ourselves, “How is my life impacted today by the hope of victory over death and eternal life in the future?” Such hope does not make our daily challenges disappear. Rather, it points us in the right direction, toward Christ, on finding help for today and hope for tomorrow.
Thanks for your time. We will continue in the next post, perhaps later today. I used the post as my diarygames for today.