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Living the Truth of the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 1:1
Christ conquered death and because of this we can live out the hope of the resurrection.
Published December 5th, 2016; Updated December 5th, 2016
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Translation: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm (or steadfast), immovable, always exceeding in the work (action, deed ect.) of the Lord, remembering (or knowing) that (or because) your labor or toil is not in vain( is not empty or hollow).
1 Corinthians 15:58
b Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast,
Ὥστε, ἀδελφοί μου ἀγαπητοί, ἑδραῖοι γίνεσθε,
always abounding in c the work of the Lord,
περισσεύοντες ἐν τῷ ἔργῳ τοῦ κυρίου πάντοτε,
knowing that in the Lord
εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ κόπος
d your labor is not in vain.
ὑμῶν οὐκ ἔστιν κενὸς ἐν κυρίῳ.
Not really sure what the exact relationship should be but it is a response to the resurrection that we should have because Christ has conquered death.
1. Ὥστε at the beginning of the verse is referring to what Paul has just said in verses 50-57 and specifically to 56-57. In chapter 15 we see Paul confronting those who do not believe in the resurrection saying that if Christ had not risen we would be the most to be pitied. He proceeds to tell us that only the imperishable can inherit the kingdom not perishable. Christ has conquered death and given us victory through Christ Jesus. 2. Therefore, we are not the most to be pitied but can have the confidence that nothing we do in the Lord will be in vain. And it is not only for this world that we are toiling. We have the promised hope of the eternal kingdom. The work that we do has eternal implications and eternal worth if we do it in the Lord. 3. The verb in verse 58 is an imperative, γίνεσθ, so Paul is commanding, not suggesting or encouraging, but commanding us to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in our work. This imperative is sandwiched in between two life giving truths: we should be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in work of the Lord because Christ has conquered death and and we have the hope of the resurrection and the work that we do is not in vain because it is done in the Lord. 4. Not only should we rejoice and be encouraged but what Paul is saying but it should remind us to be kingdom minded when we go about the work that we have here on earth, or when we are battling sin, or going through suffering. Too often we forget that there is an eternal kingdom promised to us and we live as if this is the only life that matters. Our toil on this earth should always be done with our promised eternity in mind.
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