Paul continues his letter to the church at Corinth.

“Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die. this scripture will be fulfilled: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?'” 1 Corinthians 15:54,55 NLT

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Death is the one certainty for mortal man. (Taxes, too, but we won’t discuss that today!)

From the time of Adam, mankind has been under the complete rule of death. Sooner or later, all men die; and since all have sinned, death means eternal separation from God. We couldn’t escape death, and most men live in constant fear of death. The fear of death is a constant prison, controlling what we do or don’t do on a daily basis..

The resurrection of Jesus Christ destroyed the rule of death; for if One could break free from death, He also had the power to break others free. The believer’s certainty of the resurrection sets him free from the fear of death, even while he is still on this earth; and his experience of the resurrection will be the consummation of a glorious victory. While on earth, even though the believer is free from the fear of death, the evidence of death is all around him; once he is resurrected, once a new immortal body is given to him, death will be swallowed up in that victory. He will look around him and see nothing but Life Eternal.

The certain knowledge of the resurrection, of the Victory of Jesus Christ that will completely swallow up death, frees the believer from the daily sting, the daily victory of death, while he yet lives in a mortal body among mortal men in this broken world.

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