1 Cor 15:24-26 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Paul now moves our attention from the resurrection of Christ (at His first coming) to the final resurrection of both believers and the lost (at His second coming).
At the second coming of Christ, His position as Sovereign Lord over all will be revealed. One of the ways His sovereignty will be made known is by the final resurrection. The final resurrection will prove that He holds the authority over both spiritual and physical death.
Christ won the victory over death at His first coming. His crucifixion and His resurrection are the basis for that victory. But at the final resurrection, He will clearly display His victory over death. This will take place in two ways:
- When the believer’s body will be raised, glorified and enter eternal existence with God, the world will acknowledge He is Victor over both spiritual and physical death.
- Likewise, when those who have not trusted in Him will be resurrected and consigned to eternal existence in the Lake of Fire will also prove He has won the victory over death.
As we think about our coming resurrection and the blessings connected to it, let’s also keep in mind that it is only because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords that we can receive these future blessings!
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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