Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Hope in Christ
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:19-24, New King James Version
Hope in Christ
How important is the resurrection of Christ? That is exactly the question that Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 15. There were those in the days of Paul, those who did not believe in the resurrection of Christ. Paul shows them, in the verses shown above, that not only did Christ rise from the dead (there were still many eyewitnesses in Paul's day), but our hope in Christ rests in His resurrection.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. What is the significance of this verse? Christ was the firstfruit of all who died; as He was the first to be resurrected from the dead, so will all of His followers be resurrected as well.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. It only took one man's sin (Adam) to corrupt the entire human race, making them all worthy of eternal condemnation by the Holy and Righteous God. And, it only took the righteousness of one man to die for His people and provide life with Him forever.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
What will be the rest of this story?
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
Christ, the Holy Son of God, shed His righteous blood for us, and when the end comes, He will deliver us to God the Father, and will put an end to all rule and all authority and power on this earth.
When I consider the hope in Christ, given to His children, I scarce can take it in!
God Bless You,