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In Touch - April 19, 2006

  • 2006 Apr 19
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In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Wednesday April 19, 2006

The Victory of the Resurrection

2 Corinthians 4:14-18

 

The resurrection of believers is going to be a transforming experience for our bodies and a triumphant moment in history. The dead in Christ shall rise from their graves just as the Lord promised (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

 

Right now we all face the mortality of our bodies. Although we may try to ignore it, our earthly frames are deteriorating and will eventually cease to function here on earth. Physical death isn’t preventable, but there is good news for everyone who has trusted in Jesus Christ. Death can’t permanently hold us. Its “sting” — which is not just separation from loved ones and cessation of life, but also the bondage of sin (1 Corinthians 15:56) — was transformed for the believer. Now the end of the Christian’s earthly life means entrance into heaven with God and all His saints.

 

Having received such amazing news — indestructible bodies, life forever with God, and death permanently destroyed one day — how are we to live on earth? Paul exhorts us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

 

Let the knowledge of what Jesus Christ has accomplished for us and what He promises will one day be ours motivate us to wholehearted Christian commitment. Living for the Lord and pleasing Him is to be our aim.

 

As believers, we value the triumphant, eternal work of Jesus. Let’s be sure the unbelieving world can see Him reflected in our relationships, work ethic, and

everyday activities.


 

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