Death vs. Life

1 Corinthians 15:22 In Adam All Die In Christ All Made Alive (brown)

CONTEXT:

Yesterday in our devotional Blame Game we can trace the history of blaming others back to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:12-13). But the consequences of their actions were far greater than that, instead of peace and good health with eternal life in the Garden of Eden they brought about sin, disease, and DEATH. Genesis 3:16-19.

Here in 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 the Apostle Paul begins by laying out the facts of Christ’s resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. He then proceeds to make the argument that if Christ has resurrected so too shall there be a resurrection of the dead 1 Corinthians 15:12-34. It is in the middle of this I wish to pull our text for today and explore God’s Holy word. 


1 Corinthians 15:19-22 

If in Christ we have hope[a] 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. (ESV)

Si en esta vida solamente esperamos en Cristo, somos los más dignos de conmiseración de todos los hombres. 20 Mas ahora Cristo ha resucitado de los muertos; primicias de los que durmieron es hecho. 21 Porque por cuanto la muerte entró por un hombre, también por un hombre la resurrección de los muertos. 22 Porque así como en Adán todos mueren, también en Cristo todos serán vivificados. (RVR 1960)


v.19 If in Christ we have hope[a] in this life only, 

There was and still are cults that claim to be “christian” or claim some level of christian faith but deny the full deity and resurrection of Christ. Their desire or better put reason for being associated with Christ is worldly gain. 

The second category and the one Paul is more likely writing about is all those who claim to be Christians, suffer for being so (remember Paul’s hardships) yet have no hope of eternal life.

we are of all people most to be pitied.

If either case is true of man what is left of them but to pity them? In the first man will live out his days and gain nothing for the Kingdom Matthew 6:19–21. In Paul’s case he would have willingly suffered for no reason at all for his hope was a lie. The original Greek here, eleeinoteroi, meaning pitiful or miserable combined with The whole of every kind of man.

v.20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead,

Okay, here are the facts, Christ has risen from the dead Matthew 28:6 so our hope is not in vain not to be pitied.

the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 

Firstfruits were the first of the harvest offered to God by the Jewish people. By using this term Paul insures the reader understand that Christ is the first of many believers to follow in God’s harvest of His chosen.

v.21  For as by a man came death, 

Remember it was Adam who brought sin and death into the world for all mankind. For anyone out there who is a naysayer claiming that’s not fair, why should I pay for something or be held accountable for something some guy did 6000+ years ago? If you look deeply at your true nature (apart from Christ) you know you would have done the same thing. 

by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead

Jesus is the ONLY way, there is no other to eternal life.

v.22  For as in Adam all die,

Adam brought death, despair and helplessness into the world. A man of sorrows to be pitied

so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Jesus brought comfort, hope and Life to all who believe upon him as Lord and Savior.

CONCLUSION:

Are you to be pitied, is your hope in this life only today? Or are you to be counted among the saints born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven(1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV). 

 

Daily Devotion – God’s Love Never Fails

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2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; 9 hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; (AMP)

que estamos atribulados en todo, mas no angustiados; en apuros, mas no esesperados; 9 perseguidos, mas no desamparados; derribados, pero no destruidos; (RVR 1960)

As always we need to start with some context. Paul in writing a second time to the church at Corinth begins this part of his letter, Chapter 4:1-6 with a continuation of the previous chapter. He makes it abundantly clear that he and his fellow laborers preach Christ and Christ alone. It is not now nor will it ever be about himself. 

I consider verse 7 a set up verse. To use a baseball analogy, a pitcher will use one pitch to set up another to get a strike out. Here Paul uses the content of v.7 to set up our main text for today. He says v.7: But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves. The message of Christ alone must be delivered in and by this frail human body so that the power and glory of God may be manifested to all. So what does that mean for us, simple put our frailties mean we will at times suffer. But through it all God is there with us. Which brings us to our main text: 

We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed: In the Greek it says “being pressed hard” which is different from totally or completely crushed. We will experience times in our lives when things just seem to being in total chaos, but know that God is there. 

perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair: We have all been there, a point in our lives when we stop and say how in the world did I get here? Then we ask the question how can I get out of this mess I am in? Note what Paul says here that no matter the circumstance, no matter the depth of the mess God has a way out and we are not {to be} driven to despair.

hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]: Jesus made it clear Matthew 5:10, Luke 6:22, Mark 10:29-30 that true believers and Gospel workers would endure persecution. Does that mean everyone will be hunted down, jailed, beaten, etc. No of course not, everyone will experience different levels of hate and evil against them but all who are truly working for God’s Glory Alone (Sola Deo Gloriawill undergo some persecution. If not they are probably not working for the right king or kingdom. 

The second part of this phrase is critical to our Faith as Christians. Paul under inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes but not deserted that is we never have [to stand alone]. Again the bible makes it clear that God will never leave us or forsake us in times of trouble Deuteronomy 31:8, Matthew 28:20, Philippians 4:6-7Hebrews 13:6. 

God’s Love Never Fails and he is always there for us. In fact Paul in writing to the Romans reminded them of the same thing Romans 8:35-39 asking Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Most answer no one and nothing. The correct answer is only ourselves and our unrepentant sin. 

struck down, but never destroyed: This one is a hard pill to swallow for some, how can a loving God allow some of His children to be struck down?  Again the Greek word here clearly means struck down as with a arrow in the hunt. Some of God’s Gospel workers will be persecuted unto death. BUT, praise God, they are never destroyed; for they may be gone from their earthly body but they are eternally with the Lord;Death 2 Corinthians 5:6-8  So then, being always filled with good courage and  confident hope, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]— 8 we are [as I was saying] of good courage and confident hope, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

In closing, we as believers must understand that persecution is coming and that God will always stand beside us. Our best defense is a strong offense, that is to be armed with the knowledge of the Word of God (Sola Scripura).

 

 

 

Only one way to Victory

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Where O Death is Your Victory? (also see Isaiah 57:1-2)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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. 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 be brought to pass the saying 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. 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible

Verses 51-58

All the saints should not die, but all would be changed. In the gospel, many truths, before hidden in mystery, are made known. Death never shall appear in the regions to which our Lord will bear his risen saints. Therefore let us seek the full assurance of faith and hope, that in the midst of pain, and in the prospect of death, we may think calmly on the horrors of the tomb; assured that our bodies will there sleep, and in the mean time our souls will be present with the Redeemer. Sin gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin; but Christ, by dying, has taken out this sting; he has made atonement for sin, he has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. None can answer its demands, endure its curse, or do away his own transgressions. Hence terror and anguish. And hence death is terrible to the unbelieving and the impenitent. Death may seize a believer, but it cannot hold him in its power. How many springs of joy to the saints, and of thanksgiving to God, are opened by the death and resurrection, the sufferings and conquests of the Redeemer! In 1 Corinthians 15:58, we have an exhortation, that believers should be stedfast, firm in the faith of that gospel which the apostle preached, and they received. Also, to be unmovable in their hope and expectation of this great privilege, of being raised incorruptible and immortal. And to abound in the work of the Lord, always doing the Lord’s service, and obeying the Lord’s commands. May Christ give us faith, and increase our faith, that we may not only be safe, but joyful and triumphant.

 

Are we a People to be Pitied?

WISHING RESURRECTION SUNDAY BLESSINGS FROM ALL OF US AT FAITHFUL STEWARD AND FAITH BUILDERS MINISTRIES TO ALL OF YOU AND YOURS.

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Christ is risen! Hallelujah

Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

Risen our victorious Head;

Sing His praises; Hallelujah!

Christ is risen from the dead.

Gratefully our hearts adore Him,

As His light once more appears;

Bowing down in joy before Him,

Rising up from griefs and tears.

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Christ is risen: Hallelujah!

Risen our victorious Head;

Sing His praises; Hallelujah!

Christ is risen from the dead.

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Christ is risen! All the sadness

Of His earthly life is o’er;

Through the open gates of gladness

He returns to life once more;

Death and hell before Him bending,

He doth rise the Victor now,

Angels on His steps attending,

Glory round His wounded brow.

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Christ is risen! Henceforth never

Death nor hell shall us enthrall;

We are Christ’s, in Him forever

We have triumphed over all;

All the doubting and dejection

Of our trembling hearts have ceased,

’Tis His day of resurrection;

Let us rise and keep the feast.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged – Also known as JamiesonFausset and Brown

VERSE 19

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

If our hopes in Christ were limited to this life only, we should be, of all men, most robe pitied-namely, because, while others live unmolested, we are exposed to every trial, and after all are doomed to disappointment in our cherished hope; for our salvation, even of the soul (not merely of the body), hangs on Christ’s resurrection,without which His death would not avail us (Ephesians 1:19-201 Peter 1:3). The pagan are “without hope” (Ephesians 2:121 Thessalonians 4:13). We should be even worse, for we should be also without present enjoyment (1 Corinthians 4:9). The immortality of the soul apart from the body is not in Scripture made our hope, but in connection with the raised body.

Verse 20

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

Now – as the case really is.

And become. Omitted in ‘Aleph (‘) A B Delta G f g, Vulgate.

The first-fruits – the earliest and most costly, and so consecrated to God; the earnest that the whole resurrection harvest will follow, so that our faith is not vain, nor our hope limited to this life. An appropriate image, for this letter was written about the Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7): the day after the Passover Sabbath was that for offering else first-fruits (Leviticus 23:10-11); the same was the day of Christ’s resurrection (Colossians 1:18Revelation 1:5).

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Answer: The Bible never specifically addresses the issue of abortion. However, there are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is…

Simply put, abortion is murder. It is the killing of a human being who is created in the image of God

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 20 & 21 June

PREVAILING PRAYER

I will not let thee go, except thou bless thee – Genesis 32:26

It is a sweet saying of one. ‘O Lord, I come to thee; but by thee, I will never go from thee, without thee.’ – Thomas Brooks

All the prayers in scripture you will find to be reasoning with God, not a multitude of words heaped together. – Stephen Charnock

DEATH OF CHRIST AND SIN

Our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with – Romans 6:6 (R.V.)

If Christ had not died, sin had never died in any sinner unto eternity. – John Owen

All are not saved by Christ’s death, but all that are saved are saved by Christ’s death. – Henry Smith

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 25 & 26 May

PARDON

I have blotted out as thick as a cloud thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins – Isaiah 44:22

God blots out not only the cloud but the thick cloud, enormities as well as infirmities. – Thomas Watson

Sins are so remitted as if they were never committed. – Tomas Adams

DEATH UNIVERSAL

How doeth the wise man die even as a fool – Ecclesiastes 2:16 (R.V.)

The common death of all men – Numbers 16:29

The oak outliveth the ash, and the ash the willow yet all die. – Thomas Goodwin

Death takes away difference between king and beggar, and tumbles both the knight and pawn into one bag. – Thomas Adams

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 11 & 12 May

THE GAIN OF DEATH AND THE FEAR OF DEATH

For to me…to die is gain – Philippians 1:21

Fear of death – Hebrews 2:15

The wheels of death’s chariot may rattle and make a noise, but they are to carry a believer to Christ. – Thomas Watson

Death breaks the union between the body and the soul but perfects the union between Christ and the soul. – Thomas Watson

VACILLATION

Be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine – Ephesians 4:14

He that is multivolus, i.e., many- willed, will surely be malevolus, i.e., evil-willed. – Thomas Adams

A smooth is false way should not delight us; nor should a rugged if right way dishearten us. – William Jenkyn

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 18 January

p-day-bySIN – ITS OWN PUNISHMENT

Sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death.… James 1:15 R.V.

He that travails with mischief conceives sorrow – John Bunyan

Sin carries two rods about it, shame and fear – Edward Marbury

Death waits upon sin as wages upon the work – Thomas Taylor

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 15 January

p-day-bySUICIDE

… Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. – 1 Sam 31:4

 Ahithophel … hanged himself, and died. – 2 Sam 17:23

 No creature but man willingly kills himself – Thomas Watson

 Judas hanged himself to quiet his conscience – Thomas Watson

 Man was not born of his own pleasure neither must he die of his own lust – Henry Smith

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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