Week 11 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 | Russell Matthews
“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”― 1 Cor. 15:58
"What you do in the present ― by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself ― will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly or a little more bearable until the day when we leave it behind. They are part of what we may call building for God's kingdom."
― NT Wright
Rom. 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
1Cor. 15:20 But in fact fChrist has been raised from the dead, gthe firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as hby a man came death, iby a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For jas in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then kat his coming lthose who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers mthe kingdom to God the Father after destroying nevery rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign ountil he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be pdestroyed is death. 27 For q“God3 has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When rall things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that sGod may be all in all.
Is there something from today's readings or teaching where you sensed God speaking to you, or us?
If you believe you will be working in the new and eternal creation,
Why is it important to refocus our thinking from 'eternal life in heaven' to 'eternal working in the new creation'?
How can the focus upon working with new, resurrected bodies in a new, restored creation help change our attitudes and approach to our current work priorities and activities?
What skills and competencies do you need to develop in your current work activities for the new creation?
A closing prayer:
May the eyes of our hearts "have enough light to see what is the hope of God's call,
what is the richness of God's glorious inheritance among believers,
and what is the overwhelming greatness of God's power
that is working among us believers" (Eph. 1:18-19). Amen