Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 30, 2014

Death

“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:25-26

Wait a minute. I thought Jesus conquered death at the cross?? 1 Timothy 1:10 could be seen this way:

“but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,”.

Who abolished death, past tense? It will be seen that the abolition of death is actually a very long process which had its start at the cross. Jesus did his part, but now the church has to do its part, and then the world after that. It adds up to about 3,000 years! The time from the cross to the end of Jesus’ millennial reign. When it says the final enemy to be abolished is death, it means all death. Why can’t Jesus hand over the kingdom to the Father until death is eliminated?

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.” 1 Corinthians 15:22-24

Perhaps the Father cannot fully commune with anyone unless they are perfect?

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