Because Jesus is resurrected, we are free from sin.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:56-57

God has the power to change our bodies

The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:47-49
God is not limited. God has plenty of creativity. God has plenty of power. He has built the resurrection into the fabric of creation, and He tells us that we will be resurrected with Christ.
morning sermon, Rev. Tim Rackley, June 11, 2023

God will save us totally

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death, the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes

God calls us to live for heaven

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
What we are doing is not in vain. God sees it. God rewards it. God is glorified by it. We know that because He tells us it’s so. There are so many times in ministry when you do what you have to do, and you never see the results. . . . You have to trust that God is using your faithfulness to accomplish His purposes. What you are doing, God says, is not in vain, so who are we to say that it is . . . . The resurrection is not just something for later after we die. It changes how we think and how we live right here, right now. It calls us to cling to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
morning sermon, Rev. Tim Rackley, June 11, 2023
Father, we have been reminded of Your grace to us in Jesus. Because He has defeated sin and death, we may live! As we experience the trials of this life, we are always comforted by the knowledge that we will indeed rise when You call our names. All sorrow and pain will be gone forever. Instead we will stand in Your presence glorified, with eternity to know and worship You. On that last day, we will be totally free from sin because Jesus defeated sin in the grave. Thank you. Amen
morning service, Rev. Tim Rackley, June 11, 2023

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