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SIH STSTA ICONThe Bible’s usage of the term “death” involves the basic foundational principle of separation.  There are three different types of death that are described in God’s Word:

1. Physical death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from the body

2. Spiritual death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from God hereby it is lacking acceptance by, communion and accompaniment with God

3. Eternal Death – this is the permanent condition of the spirit when it is separated from the presence of God for an eternity while suffering torment in the Lake of Fire.

As you can see from the above, there is no aspect of death that is friendly to mankind.  This is why death is said to “sting” us bringing about harm and pain upon each one of us.

In our study for today, we will be looking at how our Lord Jesus Christ has won the victory over the physical death of His people and through His work offers to us eternal life.

THE SCRIPTURES:

51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52) 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.

53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

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.

 (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

 

THE STUDY:

Do you remember the three different types of “death” found in the Bible?

Once again, they are:

1. Physical death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from the body

2. Spiritual death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from God hereby it is lacking acceptance by, communion and accompaniment with God

3. Eternal Death – this is the permanent condition of the spirit when it is separated from the presence of God for an eternity while suffering torment in the Lake of Fire.

 

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has gotten the victory over all three types of death…

1. Physical death – this is the condition of the spirit when it is separated from the body

In 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, we find that Christ has won, for us, the final victory over physical death….

51) Behold, I shew you a mystery;

What is a mystery?  It is a secret that is known by a few but unknown to most.  What Paul is about to tell us is known only by those who have experienced the Lord’s gracious intervention in their lives.  It is a “mystery” to all others.

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

At the time of His coming, all of those who have been saved by His grace can be divided into two distinct groups, those who are living and those who have died.

Those who have died are described as “sleeping” because, for the Christians’ bodies that lie in the tomb,  PHYSICAL death is much like sleep. While the Christians’ spirits are in heaven with Christ, their physical bodies are laid in the grave, much like they are sleeping.  But someday the bodies of the Chrsitians will arise again, just like they are awakened from that sleep….

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised

This rising of the believer’s body from the grave will take place “in the twinkling of an eye”.  In other words, it will take place quickly, instantaneously with the second coming of Christ.

The second coming of Jesus is described as taking place “at the last trump”.  And then, it goes further “the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible:”…what a wonderful way to express the calling of the saints’ bodies from the graves!  This is a picture of using a trumpet to call a great army or nation to gather at the call of its leader.  In this case, it is God’s spiritual nation being called forth to gather to their great Lord and King, Jesus Christ.

incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

When the saint’s body is raised it will be changed into an “incorruptible” body.  In other words, it is a body that will be incapable of decay or entering into a worse condition.  Also it will be raised an “immortal” body, which is incapable of dying again.

These two changes will equip the believers’ bodies to an eternal existence with the Lord in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth (Rev 21-22)

 

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

When the saint’s body is arisen and changed, at that instant, the final manifestation of Christ’s victory over death will be completed.  At that point, it will be proven to all that when Christ died on the cross and arose again, that He won the victory over all the physical aspect of the death of His people. At the moment the Christians’ spirits reenters their resurrected body, never to be separated again, physical death will be shown to be defeated. The bodily resurrection of the saints will clearly display that fact to all.

 

O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

Paul now asks a rhetorical question, done to mock the seeming control that death has held over God’s people… After this clear display of Christ’s victory, where is your sting, death, and grave, where is the victory you have claimed over God’s people?

 

The sting of death [is] sin;

What is it that brings the pain and harm to those who are facing death?  It is the sin that is in their life, their sin nature and their sinful intents and actions….

And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.”   (John 8:23-24)

 

and the strength of sin [is] the law.

The proof that sin exists and is present in all of our lives is found in the law of God which applies to all individuals of all time.  The laws of God, which is found in both Testaments, when compared to a person’s thoughts and actions, clearly display the existence of sin in the life of all mankind…

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.”   (Romans 3:19-20)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”   (1 John 1:8-10)

For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:20)

If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? (Psalms 130:3)

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

The final two verses of our text is a fitting conclusion to this lesson….

But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Based on the fact that we all are fallen, sinful, spiritually dead creatures, we are to appreciate the great victory that was won by Christ on the cross.  That appreciation is to translate into a life lived for His glory and honor….

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.”   (Psalms 40:1-5)

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.

Our service is to be:

“steadfast” – to be well grounded – understanding what we are to do and why we are to do it, understanding what we believe and why we believe and share it

“unmoveable” – unswaying – determined to do what we are commanded by Him;

“always abounding” – always overflowing in our service to Him.

We know that, through our verbal and lifestyle testimony of His Word, He will use it to show others the way to be removed from the horrible condition of spiritual death and be given the ability to look ahead to eternal life with the Lord.

Let us all live our lives for the Lord knowing all that He has done for us by dying on the cross bringing to us deliverance from death to new life in Him.  This is the very truth that Paul emphasized to us in Phil 1:21…  “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

For those who have never trusted in Him, see your need to turn to Christ in repentance and belief. It is in Him alone that we can find forgiveness, peace with God and life everlasting.

In our last part to this series we will see how Christ has won for us the victory over spiritual and eternal death.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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17 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    Sorry I got to your post late, but it was still as good and useable in my day as always

  2. James says:

    I always enjoy your post buddy. I also wanted to let you know that my first blog about my study of Genesis is now up if you are interested in reading it. I wish I could work as fast as you on my blog. I hope all is well with you, shalom!

  3. “Steadfast, Unmovable and Always Abounding!!! Give God all the Praise in everything we do…and these will be a sure thing!!! amen. Bless you!

  4. Praise the LORD for the victory He has given us!

  5. Praise the LORD, He gives us the victory!

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    It shouldn’t be surprising that a president who slept when OUR men were being killed in Bengazi would vacation while the world is burning

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study in showing how Christ has defeated death!

  8. My Lord, what love is this
    That pays so dearly
    That I, the guilty one
    May go free!

    And so they watched Him die
    Despised, rejected
    But oh, the blood He shed
    Flowed for me!

    Amazing love, O what sacrifice
    The Son of God given for me
    My debt He pays, and my death He dies
    That I might live!

    Amazing Love by Graham Kendrick

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