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1 Corinthians 15 — A Vain Life or a Victorious/Valuable Life?

on October 4, 2012

Vain Life.  Five times in this chapter Paul used the phrase, “in vain.”  Some synonyms for “in vain” are:  purposeless, fruitless, unrewarding, hopeless, impotent, frustrating, and pointless.  Millions of people are living lives they would describe this way.  1 Corinthians 15 gives us several reasons why our lives can be characterized as “in vain.”  Unbelief that Jesus is who He claimed.  Doubt that Jesus died, was buried and three days later was raised to new life.  Rejecting truth about Jesus.  Being deceived about the value of life.  Living in sin–drinking it in with no care about tomorrow.  Not knowing God.  Spurning God’s grace.  Laboring for things and in ways that are not of the Lord.  Jesus did not come in love and sacrificially lay down His life so people would live empty, wasted lives.  Jesus came to give us victory!

Victorious Life.  Thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (57)  We walk in victory when we die to ourselves daily and let Christ live through us, when we hold fast to the Word of truth, when we bear the image of Jesus.  Although, we can experience that victory on earth.  True victory will be celebrated and enjoyed throughout all of eternity for those who have put their trust in the whole gospel and have receive God’s grace with gratitude.  Death will be swallowed up forever. In Revelation 21:4 it says that, “Death will be no more.”  The victory belongs to Christ!

Valuable Life.  “Therefore…be steadfast, immovable, ALWAYS abounding IN THE WORK OF THE LORD, knowing that IN THE LORD, your labor is NOT IN VAIN.”  The valuable life is spent standing firm on the gospel of Jesus Christ, not being moved or swayed by anything false, and doing the Lord’s work in the Lord’s power.  This lifestyle results in a fruitful, mighty, purpose-filled, rewarding, priceless life!


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