Part 6, the return of Jesus.
Continuing from our examination of 1 Corinthians 15 from last week, there are some powerful and encouraging facts about resurrection that invite us to dig deep.
Last week, we examined the number of witnesses of Christ after His resurrection, enough people, more than five hundred, in various circumstances that there is absolutely no reason to doubt that Christ did indeed rise from the dead.
But that is not the end of the story.
“If in Christ we have hope[we have hoped]1. in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.[that’s us]2. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every 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“ (1 Corinthians 15:19-26 ESV).
This is a simple eschatological description of the return of Christ. We need not over complicate it. These facts are straightforward and concise.
We live in a time of pandemic and death. Imagine the joy that will fill us for all eternity when this last enemy — death — will have been destroyed!
These tragic events stemming from Adam’s sin will end, because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection from the dead, which culminates in Christ reigning in an eternal kingdom of joy, love, peace, productivity, creativity, worship, and more than we can even imagine.
Christ’s resurrection — the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (died) — guarantees the resurrection of all who believe in him.
His death on the cross followed by His resurrection changed everything. When there are firstfruits, the rest of the fruit will then follow. Those who love Jesus, who have entrusted themselves to Him, will also rise, living forever in Christ’s presence, the fruit of the Gospel.Christ's resurrection from the dead guarantees the resurrection of all who believe in Him. Those who love Jesus, who have entrusted themselves to Him, will rise, living forever in His presence. #faith #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
“For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his feet.‘ But when it says, ‘all things are put in subjection,’ it is plain that he [God the Father] is excepted who put all things in subjection under him [Messiah Jesus]. 28 When all things are subjected to him [God the Father], then the Son himself will also be subjected to him [God the Father] who put all things in subjection under him [Messiah Jesus], that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:27-28 ESV).
In light of the death of death and the glory, joy, and fulfillment of being in God’s presence as a result, how does this passage impact us?
“Jesus is one with God the Father and equal to the Father in deity (1 Corinth.8:6; John 10:30; 14:9; Heb.1:8) yet functionally subordinate to him (Mark 14:36; John 5:19; 26-27, 30; 1Corinth.17:4), and this verse shows that his subjection to the Father will continue for all eternity.”3.
As we await Christ’s imminent return, are we prepared? Are we ready?
Are we rejoicing in God’s goodness and kindness that He had this plan in place all along?
Now is the time for us to ascertain the fact of our salvation. God loved the world so much that he sent His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life.
The word “believe,” pisteuo in Greek, means here “to believe in or on Christ implying knowledge or assent to and confidence in him.”
Our belief is not blind. Christ has grabbed hold of us, rescuing us from death. Because of His sinless life and His resurrection from the dead, we assent to who He is and has proven Himself to be, and we place our confidence and trust in Him.Our belief is not blind. Christ has grabbed hold of us, rescuing us from death. Because of His sinless life and His resurrection from the dead, we assent to who He is and has proven Himself to be. #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
- Translation note for this verse, ESV Study Bible, Crossway Bibles, Wheaton, Illinois, 2008.
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- Study note provided for 1 Corinthians 15:28, ESV Study Bible, Crossway Bibles, Wheaton, Illinois, 2008.