WEDNESDAY August 1, 2018
Death the Last Enemy
Then comes the end, when He [Jesus] delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy
that will be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:24-26
What is the last enemy that Paul mentioned? Christ’s victory over a final enemy. Death is the last enemy that Christ will vanquish. I love that! Understand that we are a trichotomy––body, soul and spirit. Our bodies hold our spirit within us. Even though our cells regenerate, every day we are dying. Over time, as we look in the mirror, or if we look back at an old picture of ourselves, we can see the difference in our appearance.
We should not be depressed as we grow older; we should be excited! Paul encouraged us when he said: Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Paul was saying that our bodies will eventually collapse and die, but inwardly our spirit––the real us––is being renewed day by day. The older we become, the younger we become in spirit, ready to be in the presence of the Lord. That is why we have such a great hope––the Resurrection––the raising up of a person.
One day, Jesus Christ is going to come again at the Rapture of the Church (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). Then, while believers are in heaven, the seven-year tribulation period will happen on the earth, followed by the Second Coming of Christ. This is when Jesus sets up His kingdom for a thousand years, and Satan will be bound for a thousand years in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1-3).
Both Jew and Gentile will go into the kingdom age and repopulate the earth during the thousand years of Christ’s reign, after the Great Tribulation. Understand, there is going to be a judgment day, and there is going to be a resurrection day!
The resurrection and the judgement will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait.
~A. W. Tozer~
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