Christ Defeated Death

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-32

As Believers we obviously have something that the world does not nor can it understand: hope in the resurrection of our bodies. Death is not final for anybody. Those bodies that lay in the ground with a tombstone on top? Their spirits are not there. Gone. Vanished. Resurrected.

As was mentioned in an earlier post, we see through “a glass darkly”. We don’t know a lot of things about this resurrection except that we will be there. At this point that’s all we need to know.

How would knowing this change the way you think about death? What does it say about God that He would save the best of heaven for last?

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