Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.1 Corinthians 15: 54-58
Since we’re reading these words nearly two thousand years after the resurrection, it is easy to forget Paul’s words were written to a new generation of Christians in the first century. Their belief was different than the beliefs of the people around them and they believed the resurrection of Christ to be absolutely true.
Francis Schaeffer knew the importance of understanding truth for yourself and not being dependent only on tradition or shifting culture.
Paul and the Corinthians church believed Jesus’ resurrection was the real thing and so they understood Paul’s command to “be strong and immovable.” They were to hold to their beliefs and refuse to compromise on the core truths of the Gospel and they were to “always work enthusiastically for the Lord.”
Are we strong and immovable? Are we enthusiastic about the work of the LORD?