BCL Grow: Resurrection — 1 Corinthians 15:20-21

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1 Corinthians 15:20-21 (Redemption)

Bible Passage

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. — 1 Corinthians 15:20-21

Quote

“As death came into the world through the first Adam, so triumph over death comes as a result of the ministry of the last Adam. Paul sees Christ’s physical resurrection from the dead not as a single event but as the first of many to come. Christ became the firstfruits of those who are raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:20).” — R. C. Sproul, Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology, p. 300.

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: Since Christ is the “firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20), what can we know right now about the resurrected bodies that believers will have? (See also 1 Cor. 15:35-49.)

2. Remember: Because of his transgression in the garden, in Adam all humans are also guilty of sin and subject to death. Yet, because Christ has been resurrected from the dead, those who believe in him by faith will also be resurrected from the dead.

3. Rejoice: In Christ Jesus we have the sure hope of eternal life. Though we suffer now in our perishable bodies, our resurrected bodies will be imperishable, no longer suffering and weak, but immortal and bearing the image of the man of heaven, Christ Jesus. Rejoice that death will be swallowed up in victory.

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