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Part seven of a series. Read part six.
Thus far in this series, we've seen four incorruptible things about God - His nature, His Word, His Son, and His Son's blood. Yesterday we began considering three things that are true about every believer because of the incorruptibility of God. Today we look at the second: Believers in Jesus Christ shall have incorruptible bodies.
On the Authority of the Incorruptible Word
God's incorruptible Word teaches that because of our salvation by the incorruptible blood of our incorruptible Savior, we shall have incorruptible bodies. We read of this in the great resurrection chapter, First Corinthians 15:
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)
Ultimate Victory - No More Defeats
Believers are going to be given incorruptible bodies, because God has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes in our flesh we tend to focus on all the defeats of this life. Personal defeats because of the problem of indwelling sin. And corporate defeats as well: Sometimes the true church of Jesus Christ around the world looks so small and ineffectual to the human eye. But this passage reminds us that, in the great plan of God, by His grace and by His grace alone, we are on the winning side. And someday we are going to see that. No more personal defeats. No more corporate defeats. All of the saints of all time, raised together, incorruptible. No sting of death. No more strength of sin. "Thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
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