VICTORY IN JESUS!
“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, 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.” 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52
HOPE FOR TODAY:
Listen, draw close, here is a mystery! Change from corruptible to incorruptible is victory! This passage that we are reading is talking specifically about a mystery that was once unknown, the end-time mystery of what will happen to all believers at the appearing of Christ, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, or sounding of assembly, as we read,
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” 1Thessalonians 4:16
Now there are many such mysteries in the Gospels, this mystery is revealed to dispel any fears that dying might attempt to impose upon those who follow Christ. So that there is no fear in death, it is revealed what happens when we die. Simply, we will be transformed, not because we look a certain way, but because no flesh and blood can enter into the kingdom of heaven. Also there is another mystery here, that not all Christians will die, but all will be transformed! Because some have not died while waiting for Jesus this does not exclude them from being transformed, it must be, because no corruptible flesh can enter the kingdom of heaven. Not all will die, but all will be changed, so the questions of what our earthly bodies will look like should be easily answered here. They won’t look the same! They will all be transformed!
CHANGED INTO A GLORIFIED BODY…
I like what it says in 1John 3:2 because it states even more specific what we shall be like, as we read,
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1John 3:2
WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM! And exactly how is Jesus? INCORRUPTIBLE! No flesh and no blood and no corruption! GLORIFIED, HOLY, INCORRUPTIBLE! This is victory! Oh death where is thy sting? Here is the answer,
“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away the tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from all of the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 25:8
“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death, O death I will be thy plagues; O grave I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from my eyes.” Hosea 13:14
Victory is speaking here of a mystery! Death is swallowed up in Victory! So what does all of this mean for us? There is hope! There is Victory in Change, that we will no longer be corruptible! A serious goal that many live to achieve in life, to become more like Jesus, it will be attained!
There is victory in Jesus! No more sin, Amen! Don’t let the thoughts of death bother you, get busy now for Jesus, the great mystery is, all will be taken care of in the twinkling of an eye. Quickly! So don't worry about the preparations, set all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength to work at all that Jesus has called for you to do!
Let not your heart be troubled! Grab onto Victory! Draw near to Jesus!