Friday, October 16, 2009

1 Corinthians 15:20-34

"But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn; Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he 'has put everything under his feet.' Now when it says that 'everything' has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized from the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I die every day - I mean that, brothers- just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reason, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

'Let us eat and drink
for tomorrow we die.'

Do not be misled: ' Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God - I say this to your shame."

Heaven is worth any sacrifice
so stop sinning!

If death ended it all, enjoying the moment would be all that matters. But Christians know that there is life beyond the grave and that our life on earth is only a perparation for our life that will never end. What you do today matters for eternity in light of eternity, sin is a foolish gamble.

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