Hello everyone, and welcome back to another podcast and episode in our second series on the book of Psalm chapter one. Today’s episode is titled “We shall not all Sleep” And today we would like to examine Paul’s statement and conversation to the early Church concerning the day of the Lord and their redemption.
And what we’ll need to take note of as we go through this review on why we are to be preparing for the coming season and day of the Lord, it’s because of what Paul was discussing with the early Church and why we see in Psalm one the righteous man making arrangements to escape what we called the coming season.
Because what we have overlooked according to the context of Paul’s discussion with the early Church is that Paul was providing assurance to the early Church there will be a resurrection of those who died believing in the return of Jesus Christ.
And after confirming with those around him that after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, many of the disciples who knew and walked with Jesus saw him after his resurrection, Paul went on to say in confirming the resurrection to come:
1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? And this Paul asked the Church because they were believers in Christ, and if believers, what is the hope of the gospel?
Therefore, examining this conversation Paul was having with the early Church, it’s clear, Paul was addressing a doctrinal problem within the early Church brought in by Jews who were students of the Sadducees class who embraced a doctrine of faith in God but not one including the resurrection of the dead.
So how can we believe in Jesus as Messiah, when we say there’s no resurrection, and if we preach the hope of Christ and eternal life and do not believe in a resurrection, how can that be called hope? And this was the debate of the day because Paul went on further to say:
1 Corinthians 15:13-19 “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
This was the argument, it was about those who have fallen asleep, and Christ had not yet returned to establish his kingdom, therefore the concern and debate among the early Church was how will the dead take part in the coming kingdom of God.
Paul then addressing this issue said, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
And what Paul was explaining was the events that will take place upon the appearance of Jesus Christ because, upon the appearance of Jesus Christ, those who have fallen asleep will appear with him having being granted new bodies of incorruption when their bodies are resurrected. And we who are alive upon the return of Jesus Christ will at the same time be transformed in an instant at the appearance of Christ to meet our loved ones who had passed on ahead of us into glory.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Watch and pray, prepare and be ready and keep on working until our Lord returns… Because we shall be changed in an instant in the twinkling of the eye to meet our loved ones with Christ.
Well, thank you for joining us today, and we hope you will join us again next time as we continue on our journey through Psalm chapter one.
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