1 Corinthians 15:53-58
53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall he brought to pass the saving that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
We believers who are living at the time of the Lord return. The dead saints will be resurrected first then the living ones will be changed, transfigured, in the rapture. In a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. In 1 Thessalonians 4:15=17, tell us, 15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Referring to our corruptible and mortal body which must put on corruptible and immortality either through our being resurrected from the dead or though our being transfigured while still alive, this is a mysterious and in comprehenable to the natural sight. When our corrupted and mortal body is resurrected or transfigured from corruption and dead into glory and life, then death will be swallowed up into victory. This is the consummation of the resurrected we share in God’s economy through the redemption and salvation in Christ. Now this resurrection begins with the enlivening of our dead spirit and is competed with the transfiguration of our corruptible body. See between these two ends is the process in which our fallen soul is metabolically transformed by the life giving spirit. In Romans 5:12, tell us, Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. In God’s redemption Christ was made sin for us, in order that God might condemn sin through Christ’s death. We know that Romans Chapter 8, verses 3, said for what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in flesh. Through Christ’s resurrection death is swallowed up by the resurrection life. A life trusting in God not in material possessions, a life not in today but for the future, not for this age but for the coming age.
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin