Death Is Swallowed up in Victory
After Jesus’ perfect atonement, the curse of death could not contain Him. Christ has emerged from the grave in glorious victory, and so will all who trust in Him. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul displays the hope at the heart of the Christian faith.
Here’s the crux of the work of Christ in the resurrection, that He gives us a new humanity, that He restores the original image of God in His people, and has prepared them to live forever. Now, Paul concludes by saying, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood can’t inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption, but behold I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For the corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality, so when this corruptible has put on incorruption and the mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. Death is devoured, consumed by victory. O death, where’s your sting now? O Hades, where’s your victory? The sting of death is sin. And the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ.” That’s the point of His work is that He is raised by the Father, by the power of the Spirit, not simply for His own vindication, but He is raised for us. He may be the first to be raised in this manner, being brought forth in a glorified state but is by no means the last. Everyone who is in Christ Jesus will share in this resurrected glory. This is our hope. This is at the very heart and center of the Christian faith.