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The Best Is Yet To Come

The Best Is Yet To Come









The Best Is Yet To Come
1 Corinthians 15: 42-55


42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly. 50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 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.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

(1 Corinthians 15:42-55)


Seven realities the cross brings into your life:

  • Life Has Meaning
  • Death Has Been Defeated
  • Hope is Alive
  • Love is Real
  • Bad Things are Turned to Good
  • The Truly Good Cannot Be Taken Away
  • The Best Is Yet to Come

Why the best is yet to come:

1. The Defeat of Death

“What people fear most about death, is not that it is annihilation, but that maybe it’s not”. Epicurus

“It is irrational to not fear death if you don’t know what’s there” Samuel Johnson

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

“Death used to be an executioner, but because of the gospel, now he's just a gardener”. George Herbert

2. The coming resurrection

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8:11)

Implications:

1. Live with the end in mind


“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis

2. Think hopefully

3. Admit to your longing for a better place

 






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