|Vol. V Number 30||October 14, 2001|
1 Corinthians 15:50-57
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Last week I talked to you about the perilous times that we are dwelling in. Today I will tell you that no matter how dreadful it may appear, we have the victory in Jesus Christ the Lord. For in Jesus there is strength. In Jesus there is power. And, in Jesus there is victory. We have the victory in Jesus Christ for Jesus has already overcome the world.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
In these times of woe, we may feel depressed and distracted, but the Lord tells to be of good cheer, for he has already overcome the world and its wickedness. We need to renew our faith in the Lord Jesus, and believe his promises. Though there may be Anthrax scares and rumors of biological and chemical warfare, we need to realize that when we have our faith and trust in the Lord, all of these concerns become secondary. As the Apostle Paul wrote, ``O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?''
When we are beset about with all of the cares of this world, and all the concerns thereof, we sometimes lose sight of the victory that we already have in Jesus Christ. He is the one who has seen us through so far, and it is he that will also bring us through this period of distress. For in Jesus we have the victory. The world may seem to be falling apart, but in Jesus there is strength that cannot be seen by the world. The world may trust in their wealth, accomplishments, acquisitions, and such, but we trust in the Lord. He has overcome the world! He has overcome all of the devices in the world. When we put our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a sure rock to stand upon.
1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
If we put our faith and trust in the Lord we are standing upon a rock that cannot be knocked down. When the storms of life buffet us and all hope seems lost, we will still be standing when all the rest who do not have their faith in Jesus will be fallen. Times of anguish and toil makes the Christian trust more in the Lord and his Saviour than times of plenty. Jesus is our rock and our fortress. In him is our trust. The world may have the riches, but they will fail. We are standing upon the rock of Christ which will never fail.
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