1 Corinthians 15:55 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.
Insight on the Word
Death in the mind of those who don’t know the Lord is the end! But for the child of God death is simply a doorway into the next life where we live forever!
One day Jesus is coming back to this earth as He promised. “…I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3) And, for those who are alive at his coming we are told: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all 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) There will be no sting of death. For those who have already died however, from the grave “the dead shall be raised incorruptible,” (1 Corinthians 15:52) Death gives up and the grave will have no victory.
Because of this we should live our lives without the fear of death. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Psalm 23:4)
The lifestyle of believers who do not fear death has three components: Stedfastness, settled and firm in the truth. Unmoveable, allowing nothing to shake our faith. And always abounding in the word of the Lord. Loving, living, sharing, blessing and telling others about Jesus! While some fear death and others mourn those who have died, this is not the case for believers. Whether we live or die, there is victory over death!
Speak the Word — Through Christ I have victory over death! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Daily Bible Reading — 1 Samuel 25 – 28