“Live Thanks! Victory, Not Vanity!” | 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Bible Study

First streamed on 5.24.23. First posted on 5.29.23

Brothers and sisters, we know that walking the righteous road of the Redeemer is rough.

  It’s hard to persevere on the paths of the Prince of Peace.

  It’s easy to get turned off from following firmly and faithfully.1

All your test and trials… may seem to get you down. And some of your friends and loved ones… may be nowhere to be found.

But the word encourages us to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for our labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor 15:58). Victory, not vanity!

Many of us may have some seats at the table that are empty. When people pass, many toss around empty platitudes that can do more harm than good.2

But Paul doesn’t offer the Corinthians religious clichés; he wants to instill in them righteous confidence.

Many of our loved ones have fallen asleep. But, my beloved brothers and sisters, we know that Death does not have the final say.

And, in fact, we can say: “Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:55).

And we should say, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Cor 15:57).

For, thanks be to God, through Christ, our Savior and Deliverer,

  we’ve been given the victory over sin and death.

For when the Resurrected Christ comes back to consummate the eternal, imperishable Kingdom, all His faithful followers who have died will be resurrected with eternal, imperishable bodies (1 Cor 15:51-54).

And, also, all who are still living – in Christ – will be transformed – like Christ (1 Cor 15:51).

Therefore, let’s not just give thanks; let’s live thanks!

Let’s express our great gratitude to our great God

  with loyal labor to our Lord and Savior.

The faithful who are grateful should have their plates full with hard work for the Holy One.

Jesus gave up His life; let’s not just give Him our leftovers.

He gives us the abundant life; let’s give Him our abundant labor.

Our Lord is excellent (Ps 8:1); may our labor in the Lord always excel.

Let our ministry for the Most High abound; For He’ll place our feet on higher ground.

Let’s live thanks! Victory, not vanity!

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  1. cf. Prior, 277
  2. Johnson, 309
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