1 Corinthians 15
The apostle Paul makes it clear that Jesus is God incarnate. Christ was and is the only being ever to be raised from the dead by His own power. No person touched him or waved their hand over His body. Christ’s dead body lay in a heavily guarded and covered tomb all by itself. Three days later only strips of linen and a burial cloth remained. Hundreds of living witnesses testified to seeing the resurrected Christ. Paul proclaims the resurrection of Christ as an essential for belief in God, life after death, and the forgiveness of sins. In fact, he states that if you do not believe Christ was resurrected from the dead than you might as well not believe in God at all. Paul instructs those unbelieving souls to “…eat and drink for tomorrow we die.” 1 Corinthians 15:32.
The hope in Christ’s resurrection was the first and ultimate example of what is to come for believers. If you believe in the power and truth of Christ and His word, then your body too will be resurrected. Interestingly, amongst all his exposition, Paul adds a little verse in the middle of 1 Corinthians 15 that sticks out from the rest. While writing of otherworldly things like resurrection and the afterlife, he makes an admonition to stop sinning. “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34
So for the believers out there, have faith and confidence in who your God is, but remember that our struggles continue in this world and until we ourselves are with God, practice a life that is pleasing to God and obviously rewardingly joyful for yourselves. Keep good company and reflect on God’s most powerful Word. “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “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. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:53-58