For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 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.
1 Corinthians 15:53-54 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2015:53-54&version=KJV
I don’t know why, but lately the subject of death has been on my mind. It seems that, almost daily, we read on Facebook or see on the evening news that someone has died. Those who have died no longer have a choice in if they accept Jesus Christ and His free gift of salvation. But, there are other kinds of deaths as well. Death of a marriage or relationship. Death of a friendship. Business death. In First Corinthians 15, Paul is writing about death. In the ending verses of this chapter, he gives us several important points that we must understand.
One day, you and I will die. I hate the thought of that. I hate the thought of my loved ones facing it. Paul says, in verse 53, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” First off, I want you to notice the little word, “must.” You see it twice in these verses. Must means a requirement, or necessity. It is a requirement that the corruptible put on incorruption. It is a necessity that the mortal put on immortality. You see, Paul is telling us what must happen in death, or at the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Second Coming, when we who are alive shall rise to meet Jesus in the air, and go to our Eternal home. Amen, I hope that day comes soon! Anyway, Paul is saying that at that time, the corruptible (you and me) must put on incorruption (something that is not perverted, cannot decay). Paul is saying that the mortal (you and me) must put on immortality (something that is unending). For us to gain our Heavenly home, we must do away with the body that is decayed and dissolving to death because of sin. We must be changed into something greater. But, what about now, right this minute? Paul gives us advice on what to do in the here and now.
Look with me at verse 58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2015:58&version=KJV
For the here and now, Paul teaches us what we must be doing while we wait on the return of the Lord, or till He takes us home. We must be steadfast. We must be fixed, firm, unwavering. We must maintain our labor, our work for the Lord. We must be firm in doing the things He has called each one of us to. We must be unmoveable. We must be permanent, we must be fixed in our work for the Lord. We must be abounding in His work. We must be constantly doing the work that God has called us to.
One day the Lord will return. One day we will all face death. But, let’s not be idle until that happens. Let’s be doing the things He has called us to do. What has God called you to do? Are you doing it?