1 Corinthians 15:54-58
1Co 15:54 And when this person that rots does put on indestructibility and this mortal person puts on immortality, then what scripture has predicted will happen: “Death has been swallowed up via victory.”
1Co 15:55 Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?
1Co 15:56 Sin’s sting is death, and the law empowers that sin to kill.
1Co 15:57 But thankfully, God has given us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 15:58 For this reason, my loved brothers, hold your ground, be immovable, keep working incessantly for the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not for nothing.
victory in one gulp
Paul has spent this entire chapter arguing for the resurrection. He has shown that it is essential to the gospel message, that its reality is inextricably linked to what we know about Christ, that it is essential for God’s plan to harvest the earth, and to eliminate all evil from it. Paul pointed out how ridiculous it is to be a believer and serve Christ if you don’t accept a resurrection. He demonstrated by the seed analogy what the resurrection body would be like. He explained that those resurrected bodies would be fit to live forever, not like our present “in Adam” bodies. We will be transformed and made indestructible.
Knowing that sin and death, decay and mortality is all going to be swallowed up in one gulp of victory, we are free to invest ourselves in working for the Lord and his coming kingdom. The resurrection is our rescue. It is essential to the gospel hope.
LORD, thank you for the hope of eternal rescue that is coming with you.