A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 15:55-57

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

The Christian soldier may, with the greatest propriety, be said to “war a good warfare” (1st Timothy 1:19). He is engaged in a good cause; he fights under the eye of the Captain of his salvation. Though he be weak in himself, and though his enemies are many and mighty, he may do that which in other soldiers would be presumption, and has often been the cause of defeat; he may triumph while he is in the heat of battle, and assure himself of victory before the conflict is actually decided; for the LORD, his great Commander, fights for him, goes before him, and treads his enemies under his feet. Such a persuasion, when solidly grounded upon the promises and engagement of a faithful and unchangeable God, is sufficient, it should seem, to make a coward bold. True Christians are not cowards, yet, when they compare themselves with their adversaries, they see much reason for fear and suspicion on their own parts; but when they look to their Saviour, they are enlightened, strengthened, and comforted. They consider who He is and what He has done; that the battle is not so much theirs as His; that He is their strength and their shield, and that His honour is concerned in the event of the war. Thus out of weakness they are made strong; and however pressed and opposed, they can say,

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

The whole power of the opposition against them is summed up in the words “sin” and “death;” but these enemies are already weakened and disarmed. It is sin that furnished death with its sting; a sting sharpened and strengthened by the law. But Jesus, by His obedience unto death, has made an end of sin, and has so fulfilled and satisfied the law on their behalf, that death is deprived of its sting, and can no longer hurt them. They may therefore meet it with confidence, and say, thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

John Newton

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