It’s come to my attention that I accidentally blogged about the wrong chapters! Here we are: the last two chapters of 1 Corinthians. We’ve only been bible blogging for less than a month (around 24 days?) and we’ve already done two whole books!
Chapter 15 tells us of the The Resurrection of Christ, in great detail and with great supporting evidence that the Son of God will come down from the heavens once again, this time to resurrect those whom are dead but are believers, and the believers whom are still alive, and bring them up to heaven. This is perhaps one of the most complex books in the New Testament, Paul discusses and contrasts numerous abstract ideas, such as: the perishable versus the imperishable, the old versus the new, mortality and immortality, death and life, and heaven and earth.
Paul takes us through the gospel story, reiterating how Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried and rose again on the third day. After rising again he visited more than 500 believers in person, showing them that he had risen from the dead. This is proof that we believers are all to rise from the dead in the future, and it makes sense because we have testified that God has raised Christ from the dead. God therefore also possesses the power to take others out of dead – namely those who have worshipped, loved and adored him. It is a cycle – death was brought to the earth through Adam, and it is to leave our universe through man again. Paul reminds us that the last enemy to be destroyed is death, but it will surely be destroyed once resurrection of the dead comes through man: Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, when we are raised again, there will be transformation in our bodies, such that we will transcend from being perishable, mortal beings to imperishable and immortal beings. We will clothe ourselves with the victory of God through Jesus Christ. The takeaway point is this – we should eagerly await the day of the Lord’s return, and we should remind ourselves that we are not labouring in pain, nor in vain. The Resurrection day will bring nothing but joy, gratitude and love, but until then, we are to ‘give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.’
58 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: 58
Chapter 16 is a short chapter, giving us Paul’s final greetings and his ultimate advice. We receieve instructions on the collection of tithes and offerings in the Church for the ministerial use. We should each set aside a sum of money as offerings, and for collection in the Church. Most importantly, though, we must:
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
As Christians, we will always be persecuted for our beliefs in this secular world, but we are to stand strong, and to guard our hearts and minds against everything that is sinful. Love is to be our motivating force – we are to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, as individual parts of one cohesive body of Christ.