In the last verse of this paragraph, Paul is so full of awe at the goodness of God to sinners, breaks out in praise. It is a sublime cap to this glorious chapter on the resurrection, followed only by the practical implications of our resurrection in v. 58. But why the thanks to God? Paul’s reasons are nicely provided in the verses that precede. God’s Word is calling you this morning to returnthanks to God for your salvation. So let’s see the reasons we should be thankful:
We must be changed. Unless something happens to you between now and then, you will be unable to enter the Eternal State. The good news is that God will change believers for eternity. The point is,All who have believed in Jesus Christ will be changed for eternal life. Even though all saints will be changed for eternity, Paul’s focus is on the church in this passage, for the address is tobrothers. The Spirit gives three ways how we who through faith in Christ make up his body will be changed for eternity.
In vv. 44b-49, the Holy Spirit wants us to understand how the risen Christ gloriously saves us by his grace for our future eternal life. It is not just that we will be saved for eternal bliss, but Jesus is the only one that can do this for us. How does Christ gloriously save us by his grace for our future eternal life? Paul gives three ways:
1.The risen Christ will bestow full Spiritual life (vv. 44-46).
2.The risen Christ will fit us for heavenly life (vv. 47-48).
3.The risen Christ will make us like himself (v. 49).
Some in Corinth had denied the resurrection of the dead. In answer to the doubting questions of those who objected to Christian teaching, Paul shows that the same people who doubt the resurrection for its physical imponderables are those who accept in creation very near to the resurrection. He is urging us take God at his Word, and to do so especially concerning the resurrection.