Vs. 1, “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.” The main audience to this letter would be the Greek Gentiles. One of their stumbling blocks would be their unbelief in resurrection of the dead. Paul reminds them of the undeniable fact of Jesus’ resurrection and how because of that reason they are saved. He goes on to share some of his points on why the resurrection of the dead is such an important doctrine to the Christian faith. We are reminded of the wonderful fact that we all will be resurrected and one day live with Jesus! Therefore, we must do everything we can to grasp that hope and never take for granted the bodies He gave us for His glory!
Regarding application…Victory. Vs. 57, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We have no reason to give up because Jesus has conquered sin and death! If you really believe in the resurrection and return of Jesus, the end of this chapter should characterize your life. The best is yet to come!!! So let us give Him our best now…in all that we do! It’s never easy giving 100% and believe me…I was a total slacker in high school. But, never underestimate the power and motiviation that Jesus can give us to conquer any obstacle (School, relationships, careers, life choices, families) in our lives! The victory has already been won…all we have to do is join fight and know one day we will truly rejoice in the final victory for eternity!