SATURDAY August 4, 2018
Eat, Drink for Tomorrow We Die?
I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise,
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
I Corinthians 15:31-32
Paul was willing to face death daily for Jesus Christ. He wanted the Corinthians to understand about dying to their fleshly desires daily, but also in life they could die anytime. Paul recalled the fierce persecution that he had encountered in Ephesus. The Romans placed Christians in an arena with lions. We do not have any records, but it could have been possible that Paul referenced a time when he fought hand to hand with lions.
Paul also mentioned our position––it is always––in Christ. Every time you see in Christ in your Bible, you should mark it. Paul also referred back to the hope of the Resurrection. If there was no God and no Resurrection of Christ, then what was the sense of him being persecuted and facing beasts in Ephesus? If what he believed about the Resurrection was false, then He had no hope. So why would he risk his life?
Seriously, if there is no hope for us in the resurrection, we might as well eat and drink because, when we die, we shall be non-existent. Sadly, this is still the philosophy of the world today: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” People who have this mindset believe there is no longer any hope for tomorrow. No hope in the resurrection. But that is not true.
Paul used common sense to combat this way of thinking. People who have embraced this worldly philosophy need to be reached with the Gospel. They need to be convinced that there is life after death. Nobody knows when they are going to die––their day may come today! Hopefully they will not gamble with their souls in the face of eternity.
The great weight of eternity hangs upon the small wire of time.
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