Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
1 Corinthians 15:12-21 (NKJV) Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up--if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
What truth is revealed? We all know about the inevitability of death; we just don’t spend much time thinking about it…until it lands near our doorstep. This was one of those weeks. A relative of mine died. She was not that old. (Younger than myself) She probably should not have died. (Which is another story) But, she met the inevitability that we will all face sooner or later. There is no doubt that it is a time of mourning for us who knew her; but know this, we do not grieve as those that are without hope. What is our hope? That all of us who put our faith in Christ Jesus will live beyond death’s door.
What can we learn from this teaching? There were some knot-heads in the early church who were teaching against the idea of resurrection. The Apostle Paul put on his apologetic's hat and took them to task. The whole purpose of Christ’s mission to our planet was to save us from sin, and the consequences of that sin. The consequences of sin is death; and Jesus has conquered death. Jesus was raised from the dead and was the first of many that would follow His lead. Death came into the world through the sin of Adam. Life has come through the atoning work of Christ!
How can I apply this truth to my life? Every day that I live brings me one day closer to the inevitability of death. My time will indeed come and is coming. What shall I do? Fret and live in fear, dreading the day of my demise? How about this: Put my trust in the One who overcame death, hell and the grave! Have courage and make the most of each day that has been granted to me. Live with hope and without regrets; loving and being loved. It is a fact that Jesus lives; and so shall I, in this life and into the next...
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.