1 Corinthians 15:55 – April 20, 2020

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 NABRE           

The community at Corinth is struggling with resurrection. How could it be they will be resurrected in body when they know that the body decays once it dies? Must we be alive in order to be part of the resurrection of the body, Christ second coming? Paul says, “No!” we will be changed dead or alive, transformed into a glorified body much as Christ when He resurrected Easter morning. For the Hebrew flesh and blood represents humanity and the life of glory is called the kingdom of God. Paul uses the terms corruption and incorruption to talk about the same things. Whether the body is corruptible, still living, or in fact already corrupted in the grave, it cannot inherit the kingdom or a life of incorruption. Human nature cannot raise itself, but God can! Paul’s point is we will be changed, the living and the dead. The living have no advantage over the dead. The key is the transformation of ALL into the likeness of Christ. Paul uses this transformation as the fulfillment of a divine promise hidden in Scripture. Death where is your victory? Death where is your sting? (cf. Hosea 13:14) Paul using this poetry of the scriptures sees death and the netherworld as enemies, both are put to death themselves by the resurrection of the dead. Paul writes we have victory through Jesus Christ, the victory is in the present, we can change, be transformed the moment we believe, allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, and resurrection power begins transforming us.

@mattmahermusic sings, “O death where is your sting? O hell where is your victory? Oh church come stand in the light, our God is not dead He is alive! He is alive!” Resurrection is lived every day, with God, we too are alive!

Do you live a resurrection life? Do you fear death or look forward to life?

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