Todays tasting: 1 Corinthians 15-16
In chapter 15, Paul speaks to the fact of the Resurrection, the order of the Resurrection, and the mystery of the Resurrection. In chapter 16, he gives a greeting and instructions to the Brethren.
Today’s Nourishment: Chapters 1-9 ,Paul centers on the Gospel of Christ. He admonishes us to hold fast to the Gospel and stand firm. He reiterates that Christ died for our sin, was buried, and rose on the third day after His death. The Corinthians had trouble understanding the Resurrection. Some thought it didn’t happen. Jesus died to obliterate the curse of sin. Before Jesus said ,’ it is finished’, a spiritual transaction took place. He became the Lamb that was slain. After this transaction took place, Jesus work on the Cross was done. Jesus moved on to the next step in this Redemptive work. Our sins were the reason He had to die on that Cross, so we could be redeemed into new life and a new body. He died a physical death, as well. This fulfilled the scripture in Isaiah 53:9, “They made His grave with the wicked; but the rich also.’ Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb of a wealthy man.
Since, God cannot be bound by death, the Resurrection had to happen. The Resurrection showed that Jesus overcame the inevitable result of sin, which is death.He is still alive. Having come back from death shows He conquered our sins. This fact is vital to us. The testimony of the many witnesses that saw Jesus after His Resurrection is amazing. They became willing to die for this cause. Paul speaks to Grace, as well. Grace, grace, wonderful grace.
Webster’s Dctionary defines grace as ‘unmerited, divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” Grace changes us, not all at once, but we are being changed until the change is complete in the next life.
Jesus’s Divinity, sovereignty, our regeneration, our ultimate resurrection, all rests in the fact of His resurrection. You see, Jesus resurrection was the firstfruit.
In the Old Testament, the offering of the firstfruit brought the sheaf of grain to represent and anticipate the rest of the harvest. Jesus Resurrecting anticipates ours. The Feast of Firstfruits was observed on the day after the Sabbath following Passover. Jesus rose from the grave on the exact day of the Feast of Firstfruits, the day after the Sabbath following Passover. How wonderful is that!
He paid our admission, so to speak. Ressurection isn’t just living again after you die. It is living in a new body based on the old body, but perfectly suited for Heaven. We are called to live this earthly life in His resurrection power, to live as Overcomers. Jesus was not the first person to be brought back from the dead, but He was the first to be resurrected.
So, hold fast to your faith and the true Gospel of Christ. Daily die to yourself, practice your faith, come every day to the foot of that cross, and humble yourself before our risen Savior. Live with your eyes on the prize that lies before us.
We will reap the benefits of resurrection and live with Jesus throughout eternity. Hold fast!
Tomorrows Delight: 2 Corinthians 1-4
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