“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15.58
Paul is wrapping his first letter to the Corinthians believers, and he gives them this very clear, encouraging message. A simple principle of hermeneutics is to see what precedes the word “Therefore” so we can understand why this word appears.
A substantial portion of chapter 15 deals with the resurrection from the dead for believers. So when Paul finishes his thoughts on this resurrection, he starts a new paragraph with “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast … ” Because this life isn’t all there is, be stedfast. Because God will not leave our body in the grave, be stedfast. To prove that resurrection is real, Paul reminds us and them that Christ is “the first fruits” of the resurrection. Keep the resurrection in view and “be stedfast”.
This next word calls us at times to our battle stations as soldiers of the cross. Satan will not just roll over and play dead when you and I trust Christ and begin to follow Him. So no matter what Satan or any who are under his influence may throw at us, “be … unmovable … ” Stand for truth and do what your Heavenly Father tells you.
I’m sure you have heard the old expression, “It is always too soon to quit.” That is what this next phrase tells us: “ … always abounding in the work of the Lord … ” When I think of abounding in the work of the Lord no matter what happens, my mind immediately goes to the life of the apostle Paul. After he received Christ, he spent substantial time in prison because of his testimony for Christ. He was “always abounding in the work of the Lord … ”
Paul concludes this chapter with these encouraging words: “ … forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” This life is not lived for Christ for no reason. Our labor is NOT IN VAIN in the Lord. He is watching. He is taking notes. And when the time comes, we will cast our crowns at His feet. Just my thoughts …