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“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:19
Let me remind you, friends, of what the Gospel really is, for your faith is built upon the message that Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and that he rose from the dead.
That same grace of God is working in us so that we should believe in the resurrection of the dead, “…the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
1 Corinthians 15:14 says, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” 1 Corinthians 15:20.
He rose, and ascended; and “now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.” Ephesians 4:9-10. Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world…”
The fact is that Christ did actually rise from the dead and he’s become the first of millions who will come back to life again someday, and this will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” 1 Corinthians 15:23
All the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive with new bodies that will never die.
- we shall be changed, 1 Corinthians 15:52
“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:53
At that moment death shall be swallowed up in victory
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmoved always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58.
– let’s keep fighting until that last enemy is done away with.