God Giveth Us The Victory, 1 Cor 15:55-57

God giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ takes you to the other side of life beyond the grave.  Because of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, God gives us:

Victory over the sting of death – 1 Cor 15:55-56 – the sting of death is sin.  Sting has a two-fold meaning here.  A sting is a sharp pointed instrument, a tube, through which a poisonous matter is discharged.  In Rom 5:12, sin impaled Adam and injected death.  Sin in your body is always trying to kill you and it is killing you.  In our text, Paul asks, “O death, where is thy sting?” According to Rom 8:10-11, sin in our body brings forth death, “the body is dead because of sin.”  But because Jesus rose from the dead, he “shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”  Therefore, the work of sin in our bodies will be completely destroyed.  According to 1 Cor 15:42, our bodies are sown in corruption and raised in incorruption.  Jesus gives life to our mortal bodies at the Rapture and gives us victory over the sting of death. There will be no trace of the sting of death in our glorified bodies.

A sting is also something that causes a keen pain or stimulation of mind, like a terror, Ps 55:4-5; Ps 116:3.  Dying can still be painful, but death is not painful or a terror.  Death is certainly not a terror to us.  The string is gone, Acts 2:24.  Because we are saved, we go directly from dying in these bodies to being with the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven, 2 Cor 5:8. And even when we weep, we don’t grieve the death of those who die in the Lord.  We absolutely weep not for them Lk 7:13, 8:52, 23:28.  The sting is gone.  We grieve because they are not with us.  But even our grief does not sting like others which have no hope 1 Thes 4:13. 

Victory over the success of the grave – 1 Cor 15:55 – O grave, where is thy victory?  According to Prov 30:15-16, the grave is never satisfied.  It gets everyone who dies.  However, the grave lost when Jesus arose.  Jesus’s grave couldn’t hold him.  The graves of the many Old Testament saints who arose in Jerusalem couldn’t hold them, Matt 27:53.  They are a testimony to us that Jesus is not the only one who enjoys victory over the grave.  It didn’t hold him and it cannot hold you.  Even Job knew this, Job 19:25-27.  In 1 Cor 15:50-55 we’re coming up with brand new glorious bodies.  In Rev 7:9-14; 15:2 the graves of the Tribulation saints will open.  In Ezek 37:1-14 the hope of Israel is that all their graves will open.  There was a lot of uncertainty among the Jews in Jesus’s day and in Paul’s ministry about this hope.  But not now.  We know that the grave is a temporary resting place.  It has no power whatsoever to retain the bodies of those whom God will raise. 

As a matter of fact, in Jn 5:28-29, all the graves will open.  The young people who believe that life is just the time you live on earth and then you die and that’s it are wrong.  They are coming up, whether they believe it or not, whether they like it or not.  Their vain deceit is nothing but a lie.  Where will you be when this happens?  Will you be in the resurrection of life or the resurrection of damnation?  You must trust Jesus Christ so that you will be in the resurrection of life.

Victory over the strength of sin – 1 Cor 15:56 – the strength of sin is the law.  Rom 7:5-13.  The law strengthened sin.  It tells you what you can’t do but doesn’t give you the strength to not do it.  Instead, by pointing out what you can’t do, sin awakens the desire to do it.  Like telling a child he can’t do something. 

In Rom 6:6-14 by what Jesus did for us at Calvary, when we get saved, his death hastens the death caused by sin in our lives and completes it.  The law says that we must die for the sins we have committed. In Christ, by whom we are justified, we have already died for theses sins.   Because we are dead in Christ, therefore, we are freed from sin.  

But that’s not the victory over the strength of sin.  The victory over the strength of sin comes from the fact that we are alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  We are alive on the other side of the grave.  

When Jesus was in the flesh, he fulfilled the law.  Sin was not strong enough to cause him to sin.  He was and is stronger than sin.  We know that because he never sinned, his flesh saw no corruption, and he rose from the dead.  By grace, rather than by the law, therefore, sin cannot reign in our mortal bodies when we are yielded to Jesus Christ.  Sin has absolutely no strength against you when you are yielded to Jesus Christ because he is stronger than sin.  In other words, the strength we have against sin is not our strength but his.  

Imagine being on the other side of death already, in a place where there is no more sin and and no more death.  Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that’s where we are when we are yielded to him.  Sin has no dominion on the resurrected side of life.  Sin reigns on this side of the grave but not on that side.  And that’s where we are in Jesus Christ, on the other side of death and the grave, where sin has no strength, at all.

Conclusion: We rejoice at the remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ because his resurrection is our victory.  If you are without Christ today, you can also have his victory over the sting of death, the success of the grave, and the strength of sin by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior.