Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
1 Corinthians 15:58
The greatest foe of man is sin, for the wages of sin is death. Thankfully Jesus came to give us victory over sin and thus death. When we die in Christ we shall surely live. The grave cannot keep us for Jesus has overcome sin and the grave on our behalf. May this encourage us daily to live for Him!
In the early church, the doctrine of resurrection was not very widespread. The Gentile believers struggled with this due to the influence of the Greek philosophers and many Jews struggled due to the influence of the Sadducees. Paul comes along and lays a foundational truth relating to the Gospel that Jesus Christ rose again and thus we will rise again in Him. There were hundreds of eyewitnesses to attest to the resurrection of Jesus. It's not a fable but a fact! His victory over the grave should give us full confidence that we too shall be raised. Belief in the resurrection of Jesus will produce unshakable faith, hope immovable hope, and unstoppable works to the glory of God.
Do you have confidence in the doctrine of the resurrection? It is foundational to the Gospel and our faith. Jesus rose so that we can rise. Be of good cheer Christian, the moment you breathe your last breath you will be resurrected to a living hope. Let that truth produce steadfastness in Christ. If Jesus overcame the gave what can this world throw at us to move us? Nothing! May you be encouraged to put your hand to the plow and not look back. He has risen and so will you, if you are in Him, amen?
Father, we thank You for wiping out public enemy #1. Sin has no grip on us, and death has been disarmed through the cross and resurrection of Your Son. May we never cease to meditate on and be encouraged by the finished work of Jesus we pray in His name, amen!
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