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THE POWER OF THE CROSS

April 3, 2015

Friday

 

1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul modified, for his own purposes, Hosea’s defiant challenge for “death” (personified) to do its worst , and used the passage to taunt Death himself. “Death” is man’s last enemy. God will defeat it when He raises His people to life.

The fatal “sting of death” touches humans through “sin”. What makes “sin” sinful is the law of God. Because Jesus Christ overcame sin, and fulfilled the law, death cannot hold its prey. Death is still an enemy, in the sense that it robs us of mortal life. In spite of this, it is not a terror to the believer, because it is the doorway into an immortal life of glory. The “victory” over the condemnation of the law, sin, and death, comes to us “through (our Lord) Jesus Christ”. For this, Paul was very grateful to God, as every believer should be: “Thanks be to God!”

Death is our enemy! Death is unnatural. Man was made “a living soul”. Death entered the world because of sin. Only two, Enoch and Elijah, have escaped death, so far! Death is painfull. As hateful and as hurtful as death can be, it does not have the last word! There are some truths found in the Bible that muzzle the wild beast called death.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 8:34

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