1 Corinthians 15:56-57 – August 15, 2020

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NABRE           

Paul in writing to the community at Corinth is touching on resurrection. He tells them they do not fall asleep (the language used for death) but that they are changed because of the resurrection of Christ. Paul speaks to what he calls real death, which is brought on by sin. Sin is separation from God, without God we have no life, leading to true death. Paul describes an image of death as a serpent or scorpion which stings its victim before devouring them. Sin puts a person on the path to death. The law makes sin more deadly because we not only go against our own conscience but we also thwart the will of God by disobeying His commands. Christ not only dies and rises from the dead but deals sin a deathblow, the cause of death. Christ leads the way to obedience and the path to defeating sin. If we follow Christ’s example, sin will have no power over us. Victory is available for us if we live knowing that we receive the Holy Spirit, dwelling in us. We have life now, not just some future resurrection from death. Through this remarkable power of the Holy Spirit we can avoid sin, and live fully now, alive in Christ. We go from being people marching toward death to people blessed by the most High God.

We should always be aware that we are alive now, fully a child of God, filled with the Holy Spirit with a divine nature. We have been led to believe we have a sin nature more powerful than we can overcome, but it is not true. We have a divine nature that overcomes all. If we rely on our divine nature we live fully alive in Christ. 

Are you aware of your divine nature? Do you give more power to sin than it really has?

We have been led to believe we have a sin nature more powerful than we can overcome, but it is not true. We have a divine nature that overcomes all. If we rely on our divine nature we live fully alive in Christ. Click To Tweet

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