Thought for today : I’ve Got The Victory, Hallelujah!
Why is death so powerful?
In 1 Corinthians 15:55, Paul repeated the questions from Hosea 13:14. Hosea did not give answers to those questions. The verse in Hosea is describing the time when God will defeat the power of death. Then death will have no power; it will be unable to hurt God’s people. The purpose of the questions was to emphasise that fact. God was using those questions to laugh at the weakness of death, as a soldier laughs at his enemy’s defeat.
Paul too used those questions to emphasise how God will defeat death. However, Paul chose to answer those questions. In the future, death will lose its power. In the future, death cannot hurt God’s people. But now it does both these things; death is powerful, and it hurts God’s people. Like Paul, we ask why.
Paul’s answer is that death hurts people because of sin. That is, the wrong and evil things that we all do (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23). Genesis chapter 3 (especially Genesis 3:19) tells us that death entered the world because of sin. Paul then explains that death has power over people because of God’s Holy law. The purpose of God’s law was not to cause death but to bring life. However, people did not obey God’s law and the punishment for that is death. Paul explains this idea further in Romans 7:7-13.
Christ dealt with both these matters at His death. On the cross, Christ suffered for our sin(Isaiah 53:4-6). He made it possible for God to forgive us. At the same time, Christ satisfied all that God’s Holy law demanded (Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 9:11-14). That is why the defeat of death is so complete.
Although death still seems powerful, the defeat of death is certain. In fact, Christ has already done everything necessary to defeat death(Hebrews 2:14-15).
Paul had almost finished his letter to Corinth (1Cor. 15:58). He had given the Christians there the advice that they needed. He had dealt with the problems in their church. Only a few personal matters remained, which he will discuss in 1 Corinthians chapter 16.
So now Paul wished to give the Christians some instructions that would help them to avoid similar problems in the future. He wanted those instructions to be brief, clear and simple; something that they could remember. So, Paul told them to be firm and to do God’s work.
In the past, they had continued to believe firmly in the most important Christian beliefs (11:2). However, people had persuaded them to do many foolish things. There was much confusion at their meetings and there were arguments among their members. The leaders of the church had been too weak to deal with these matters; now they(WE)must be strong. So should all the Christians who were sincere about their relationship with God. They should not copy the behaviour of foolish people who only wanted to establish their own importance.
Then Paul told them to do God’s work. They should declare his good news, and they should teach his word, the Bible. They should pray much, and they should serve each other with love. They should obey God in all their actions, and they should love him with their whole hearts.
Too often in the past, they had worked to make themselves important. They tried to prove that they were right. They tried to impress people with the gifts that the Holy Spirit had given them. They tried to show that they had great wisdom and knowledge. Now, this wrong behaviour must stop. Now, they must be humble and they must serve God.
Reading for today: 1Corinthians 15:56-58 NLT For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
My prayer is that someone may have been blessed or will be blessed according to God’s Holy Wisdom. May you find yourself in the presence of His precious Holy Spirit and the arms of His dear Son, Jesus our Saviour. May the joy of our Lord and Saviour continuously be your strength!
PEACE & BLESSINGS,
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Posted by Rev. Bonita A. Benson ❤