Victory That Is Real!

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15.57

When we look at the context that surrounds this verse, Paul is addressing the believer’s future with regard to death. Beginning in v. 51 he says, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” A mystery is something about which we do not know the outcome. We have all watched a movie that was a mystery and we tried to figure out “who did it”. The reason death is a mystery is because we are still alive and have not experienced death yet. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, but we are not really sure all that was involved in that transaction. When Paul speaks of the future, he fully believed Christ could return in his own lifetime. “We shall not all sleep, but … “ When he speaks about all of us being changed, here is where part of the victory lies. Since Christ arose from the dead with a glorified body, WE too “shall all be changed … “ I am looking forward to a glorified body, one that does not have the capacity for pain. Our victory over death is not just possible, but it is certain. Christ became the first fruits of the resurrection. That means that there will be other fruit to follow – that is us. Let’s not get so bogged down with the mundane issues of this present life that we lose sight of the victory that has been promised in the next life. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8.18) Right now – today – allow the Holy Spirit to change the focus of your life to one that is centered in Christ … “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3.2) Once again, these are “just my thoughts …”

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