The word “victory” is an exhilarating word for winners. Whether it is a war, a sporting event, or life itself, victory is great news.
Victory over the last enemy, death, is absolutely the best news of all.
Reminder: Life after Life-after-Death
The next verses in our study can be confusing, so I want to remind us of an earlier discussion that speaks of life after death.
When Jesus said to the thief on the cross, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise,” (Luke 23.43) he declared a truth for that man and for every one of his followers ever since.
A relationship with Jesus will never be broken, even by death.
Paul wrote about this in Romans 8.
— Romans 8.35 – Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
— Romans 8.37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
Nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Resurrection of the Body
In our YouTube video today, Rudy Ross explains why we need a body. He believes we need a body to fulfill the second of the two great commandments, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22.39).
N. T. Wright believes the next verses of our study refer to the resurrection of the body, or as he says “life after life-after-death.”
— 1 Corinthians 15.50-56 – What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
The body that we currently have is not suited for resurrection life. There will come a time when we will be re-embodied.
I have no idea what this body will be like. However, the Bible speaks of a new body both here and in 2 Corinthians 5.
I trust that what God has for us is absolutely the best, whether I can comprehend it or not.
What we all can understand is that death will be conquered by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
— 1 Corinthians 15.57 – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The victory of Jesus has practical consequences for today’s existence.
— 1 Corinthians 15.58 – Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
God’s ultimate victory over death encourages a certain type of behavior.
— We are steadfast and immovable in our a life that pursues a Jesus-kind-of-life.
— We make the “work of the Lord” our highest priority because it is the only work that is lasting.
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. It can be found on the Bob Spradling channel.
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