1 Corinthians 15:53-57
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.…
I. DEATH MAY NATURALLY BE CONSIDERED AS AN ENEMY.
II. TRUE CHRISTIANS SHALL OBTAIN A COMPLETE VICTORY OVER DEATH.
1. The victory is in some measure obtained even in the present life. Death hath now, in effect, changed its nature, it only hurts the body, not the soul. it only puts an end to those pursuits, employments, and entertainments which are suited to the body and this present world, but not to those about which holy souls are engaged, and with which they are delighted and improved. Nay, it is become, on many accounts, a benefit; as it puts an end to their temptations and conflicts, doubts and fears. A present victory is obtained by the calmness with which the saints die; and that joy unspeakable and full of glory, with which the Spirit of Christ sometimes replenishes their hearts, when the flesh is sinking into the dust.
2. The victory shall be perfected in the future world.
(1) All the faithful servants of Christ shall be raised again.
(2) Their bodies shall be transformed into the image of Christ's body.
(3) They shall be fixed in a state of complete and everlasting happiness.Reflections:
1. Let us contemplate the power and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, so illustriously displayed in this triumph over death.
2. Let us reflect on the difference between good and bad men with regard to the consequences of death.
3. Lastly, let the servants of Christ be calm and resigned in the view of their own death, and when their pious friends are removed.
Parallel VersesKJV: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.