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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 8 | Alive in Him (1 Corinthians 15:20~34)         Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?
30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour?
31 I die every day -- I mean that, brothers -- just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God -- I say this to your shame.

 

 

Reflection

Christ, the Firstfruits (15:20–28)

Paul continues his teaching on the resurrection by explaining that Christ’s resurrection not only secures eternal life for our souls but also guarantees the future bodily resurrection of all who belong to Him. Adam was the first man to sin, and through him, all of humankind was cursed. As a result, we are enslaved to sin and its consequences. But Christ came to set us free from this curse, and His resurrection represents the first of many—everyone who believes in Him will also be raised from the dead when He returns to destroy death once and for all. For today’s Christian, this is a difficult doctrine to grasp as we were not eyewitnesses to the risen Christ, and it can feel impossible to imagine what the resurrection of the saints will look like. We can, however, cling to God’s promises in faith and look forward to this day that will be glorious beyond our imagination.

 

How do you feel when you think about the future resurrection of your physical body? What do you imagine eternal life with God will look life?

 

No Fear in Death (15:29–34)

When we place our faith in the Gospel, its power not only transforms our eternal future but also radically changes how we live our lives today. For Paul, his belief in the future resurrection of his body has eliminated his fear of death and allows him to boldly carry out the work of God, unafraid of the earthly consequences he might face. He knows that even if he is torn apart by wild beasts, his body will be raised in glory when Christ returns. Though many prefer to live as though their actions will have no consequences, Paul exhorts us to live in light of our future, resurrected life. 

 

Do you fear suffering, persecution, or death? Why? How does your belief in the resurrection affect your attitude toward these things?

 

A letter to God 

Lord, though it is hard for me to imagine, I look forward to the resurrection of my body with hopeful anticipation. Thank you for Your promise to destroy death and renew all things for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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