Title: The Necessity of Christ’s Resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
The truth of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is a foundational element in the believer’s life. Without it, there is no salvation at all. Without it, every aspect of the believer’s life and what he does are all useless. Everything that a child of God believes is ALL in vain, because he believes and serves and worships a dead Savior.
But we praise God that that is not true! Christ was raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:4) and we are worshiping and serving a risen, living Savior. And because of His resurrection, there is an assurance that those who are dead (and will die) in Christ, will also be raised to life when Christ comes again (1 Cor. 15:20).
One necessary truth concerning Christ’s resurrection is the fact that that there needs to be a change, a transformation from a perishable(flesh and blood) body to an imperishable(glorified) one. Because there is no way that our present body would be able to contain and endure when we are exposed to the magnificence and grandeur of the glory of a thrice holy God, let alone be accepted before Him with this present perishable body.
The reason that our present bodies will perish, is because of death. And the reason for death is because of sin. The reason for sin is man’s impotence and powerlessness in perfectly obeying ALL of God’s laws. Man is simply incapacitated to obey all of God’s laws perfectly. There is ZERO chance that man is able to do it. NONE!
But there is someone Who did just that. And He is the ONLY ONE capable and able to do what NO ONE could. He didn’t just “tried” to be good and live perfectly, He “lived perfectly” and even without sin (Hebrews 4:15). And that is the victory that was wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ. He not only lived a sinless, perfect life, but in His resurrection, He conquered sin and the grave.
And this is the hope that we have because of Christ, that someday, just as Christ was raised from the dead into a changed(glorified) body, we too will be raised into an imperishable body that will no longer suffer decay, or illness or death. But most importantly, to be with our Savior, worshiping Him and serving Him and communing with Him throughout eternity.
The Call to Holy Living: A Prepared Mind - 1 Peter 1:13-16
One of the challenging aspects in the believer’s life is the call to “Holy Living”. It is one of those commands where we find great difficulty and not without resistance. And it is due to the fact that we are still in this sinful human flesh, living in this broken world.
Is it really possible then to live a holy life, or to be holy in this present time and age; when a child of God is surrounded by worldly influence which pulls him to do the exact opposite?
One of the interesting things that Peter suggests is the preparation of the mind. For the reason that, everything starts in the human mind. It is a battlefield. It is the area where Satan attacked when he tempted Eve in the garden. He begins to cast doubts on the mind of Eve regarding God’s direct and explicit command. He made God a liar. And it is for this reason that present day believers should be cautious with a mind ready for such attack.
God’s word encourages the believers of several truths in the preparation of the mind:
- Set your mind on Eternal things. This is what the Apostle Paul said in Colossians 3:1-4…“to set our minds on things above and not on things on this earth”…
- Set your mind on excellent things is another truth found in Philippians 4:8-9, where the writer reminded the believers to think on things that exalt the character of God.
- Having a renewed mind (Romans 12:1-2) is a mind saturated with the word of God. It is the Holy Spirit’s work who makes a change in our way of thinking, as the believer mind is filled with the truth of God’s word.
- Having the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-11)doesn’t only refer to His humility pointing to the direction of the cross, but it also reminds us of His total submission to the Father’s will throughout His earthly ministry.
Fellow believers, by God’s grace, may we have a prepared mind in order to live holy before Him.
God’s Grace in the Glory of Redemption - Notes in 1 Peter 1:10-12
Considering the text in the lens of Biblical history, would bring us all the way back to when God made the first promise of a Messiah. And it is so amazing for us to see (on this side of the cross) how God in His perfect wisdom and sovereign ways, displayed the glory of His redemptive plan.
Throughout Biblical history, God has used various agents in the fulfillment of His plan. He has used prophets, kings, shepherds, priests, angels, fishermen, high profile men and even persons whose name was never mentioned. But it is interesting to note that one of these agents, particularly the prophets, servants whom God used to deliver His message to His people; were never given the privilege to witness the fulfillment of God’s promise. They were individuals who had a closer encounter with God, but were not granted the once-in-a-lifetime experience of becoming eyewitnesses of God’s fulfilled plan in the promised Messiah. And that’s why; they were carefully inquiring and investigating as to the fulfillment of this plan. As a matter of fact, even the heavenly beings whose proximity to God is even much closer are also curious, as to how God’s plan of redemption would consummate.
How blessed we are, presently day believers. As the prophets of old were intrigued as to how God’s redemptive plan would unfold, we on the other hand, have the complete picture. Although we have not witnessed the earthly ministry of Christ and His suffering at the cross, yet we are privileged to have knowledge of His person and His work as revealed to us in His word. We have come to know that everything that Christ did and accomplished was a fulfillment of everything that was written of Him (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
O the beauty of His perfect wisdom and eternal Sovereignty! But more importantly, the majesty of His grace! From Adam to Christ, and even until now, God’s grace has always been in full display.
"It took a miracle to put the stars in place,
It took a miracle to hang the world in space;
But when He saved my soul,
Cleansed and made me whole,
It took a miracle of love and grace!"