Copyright © 2017, E. Thone Hall
1 Corinthians 15:52-58 KJV
“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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Many people (Christians and not) are very concerned about the future in general, and their personal future in particular. For born again Christians, the verse above should dispel such concerns and lead us all to lives which are lived with confidence and cheer, strength and joy, victory and happiness! Why is this?
The verse speaks about suddenly (“in the twinkling of an eye”) a sudden trans formative event will occur! A trumpet sounds, and everything changes:
- The dead is raised in a new incorruptible body. (a heavenly body)
- The living believers must (as though changing clothes) change from out frail, fallible body into a heavenly body.
- And all with this new body will have “…put on immortality…”
- As predicted in Isaiah 25:8 He will “swallow up death in victory…”
- Up until this point God’s people could still be stung by the pain of physical death, but now forevermore God’s Saints are safe from the sting of sin.
- Thus we win the “Victory” of God rather the “Destruction” of Satan’s sin which has been part of men’s lives since the Garden of Eden.
Thus we (with this knowledge of the end), should be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Because we know that work is not without purpose, but is simply our share in our personal ministry here on Earth! Therefore, why would we live in any other way besides confidence and cheer, strength and joy, victory and happiness?