I’m continuing with Paul’s view of the resurrection in his first letter to the Corinthian church. There were some in that church who looked at the resurrection as an optional belief. In my last post, Paul showed that it was actually the foundation of our faith.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
This is the basis of our hope. Christ is the firstfruits of the resurrection. Because He was raised to life, I know that I will also be raised up in Him.
As a part of the human race, we all inherited death from Adam. But now, because of the obedience of Christ on the cross, we can inherit the life of Christ displayed when He rose from the dead. Death couldn’t hold Him.
But, we have to wait for our turn. That only happens when Christ returns to the earth at some point in the future.
But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:23-26
There’s an order to the resurrection. Christ was the first to experience it. He opened up the way for all of us.
When He returns, it will be our Resurrection Day. All who belong to Christ will rise to meet Him in the air. First, those who have died as believers will rise from the dead. Then, those who are still alive at His coming will simply be transformed into their new resurrected bodies without going through the death process.
That’s not the end of the story. When Christ returns, He’ll set everything straight. Right now, the earth is under the temporary government of the enemy. The devil and his kingdom have dominion, authority and power over mankind. (Of course, in Christ we have the power to overrule that authority!)
When Jesus returns, He’ll end Satan’s reign of terror. All of the authority structures of earth will be made right once again. It will be what God had intended when He first created Adam.
However, even now Christ is reigning. From the day the Lord rose from the dead He has become the Ruler of the earth. He just didn’t exercise that authority yet.
The battle for planet earth is over. Christ is already victorious. In Him, we’re on the winning side. That’s why we have nothing to fear.
Our job now is to free the captives from under the tyranny of the devil’s kingdom. We’re a part of the victorious invading army. Don’t let the enemy intimidate you. He can only stop you if you believe his lies.
It’s time for God’s people to live like we own the place. We do, in Christ. It’s time for us to stop being distracted by the world’s activities, and set our hands to the task of preparing for the Lord’s return.
Live like it’s forever…because in Christ it is!
Question: How do you live in the now, with eternity in view?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi