Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In their own words: Day 29

1 Corinthians 15.51-52

Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Many Jewish people believed that there would eventually be a general resurrection of the dead. Christians – of both Jewish and Gentile origin - believed that it would happen when Jesus returned. The Corinthian Christians had been debating this hot topic. There was feverish debate about how and when this would happen, however. Some early Christians believed it would be in their own lifetimes.

Paul explores ideas about resurrection in this chapter, but concludes with his real point; that it is a mystery whose details we cannot fathom, but which will involve change and re-creation. Whenever and however it happens, we prepare best by getting on with the job of loving others and living as we are called to, says Paul, “because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.” 1 Cor 15.58

What do you believe about life after death? What has shaped that belief? How does it affect the way you live your life, if at all? 

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