I Corinthians 15
June 1, 1969
Expository teaching on what is in store for the Church of God in the gathering together.
SNT – 402
Publication Date: 06-01-1969
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
1Co 15:3-17; (Rom 10:9; 1Co 15:20-28)
1Co 15:20-26, 51; Joh 11:11-14; Rev 20:5, 6; Heb 11:33-35
1Cor 15:26-32, 34-38; Act 2:38
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: resurrection, Christ, church, dead, raised, body, lord, Jesus, sins, trumpet, die, corruption
Many, many times I have stood in amazement at the greatness of this 15th chapter of Corinthians, as I have at all the Word of God, but how remarkably beautifully magnificently the 15th chapter follows up on the 14th. And I've taught you before that the 12th 13th and 14th, just set like diamonds, and yet somehow or other, the 15th brings to a fruition to a combination to a synthesis, that of which 1213 and 14 only laid the pattern or the groundwork for in the 15th chapter of Corinthians, you have the great first and second revelation or resurrection, as well as the gathering together of the church. And I'd like to begin reading with you tonight from this Greek 15th Chapter, with the third verse. I am only to sorry, again, that our second edition of our the dead alive now has not been published. We need to get it published, we need to get it circulated across the United States, so that people get a an accurate understanding of all these great truths that are unveiled. Listen to the third verse 15, First Corinthians, For all delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that he rose again, the third day, according to the Scriptures, you see how he lays the great pattern, the foundation of all truth, namely, that Christ died for our sins, and that God raised him again. And he rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures. And that very spot, he was seen as Cephas. Then of the 12. I imagined Cephas as in your center reference, Peter, it might have the word Peter in your center reference does it in any of yours. Some of the Bibles have it others do not. I am still not sure whether that's Peter or whether it is but I'm sure to one thing it Cephas. So I think the commentaries all say it's Peter. I'm not sure if it's Peter or not, but I'm sure of one thing it Cephas. Now, then other 12 Verse six, after that, after that, he was seen of about above, or more than 500 Brother, and at one time at once, of whom the greater part remain, even to this present. But some of those 500 are fallen asleep at the time of the revelation of 15 of Corinthians was given to the apostle Paul, verse seven. After that, he was seen a James, then of all the apostles. And last of all, he would seem to me also as one, as of one born out of due time, or I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, they cause I persecuted the church of God, but by the grace of God, I am what I am. And his grace, which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. But I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God, which was with me, therefore, whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed, often marvel at this tremendous truth in here, of how in the resurrection body in His resurrected body, Jesus Christ was seen of all of these. And finally, and last of all, he said, he was seen me also, as one born out of due time. I hear people today many times, or not many times, but a number of times. I just heard it again from someone this week, who called on the phone and discuss some things with me. And they told me that they had had a vision of Jesus, they'd seen him and I said, You're nuts. And then I felt bad about what I said. You know what, I just act quick. I had revelation that he was lying. And so I quickly said, the next minute my senses took over, and I felt sorry for what to say, Have you ever been this way? I don't know if you get but
look, I want to tell you something. When Jesus appeared to somebody that Jesus is no fool. And when he appears to somebody, it's not going to be to somebody that has a type of Revelation. This fellow said that he had Gods I know my word of God better than that. When Christ makes Himself known in manifestation, where you really see the Lord, I want to tell you something that man's going to be turned on or that woman's going to be turned on shard Paul saw him, but we're in the world do we get the idea that every Tom, Dick and Harry and every little nincompoop, running around here asked to see Jesus, we got the word. But you know, something, people are, get so off the beaten track, that they think they can impress me with the revelation they get because they say they saw Jesus, they ought to know I operate discerning of spirits. And now I just reach up and say, Daddy, is it true or not? He says, a large film, you're nuts. But if you if you give it a second thought, then your senses take over. And you're such good people that you know, you hate to tell them to lie. And Paul saw the Lord that I can vote. But now there's no reason I'm not saying that others cannot see Him if He will reveal Himself. But the idea that all these people say, well, the Lord revealed this, or the Lord showed himself personally to me, or somebody else and say, Well, I saw the devil as so and so a lot of that is just talk. Use your revelation manifestation when people say, so reach up in Daddy's cookie jar and see if they're lying or telling the dream if their lie and tell them so because we need to keep the body of the church pure on walking on the revelation manifestations. I get so sick and tired of people always say, well, the Lord told me below. If the Lord told them, they ought to be really on the move, shouldn't they? But, man, you know what? They figure it out in their little mind. And then the Lord gets the credit or the blame for it. One word, usually, if the Lord really told you say so. And if he doesn't just say, Well, I believe from the greatness that God's word, this is what God's will is that I can buy. But the word we could read, read, that I can back up when it says, See fast in this or I know it's see fast, whether it's Peter or not, that I can't quite prove yet. But I can surely prove that it's [?]. Right. And the whole truth that he's presenting here is that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that God raised him on the third day. And you'll see again, how important this resurrection on the third day of the Lord Jesus Christ really becomes as we get into the depth of this tremendous chapter, verse 12. Now, if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, I'll say, some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead. In that day, when Paul was ministering the greatness of God's word, even in that day, there were already people who said that there is no resurrection of the dead. Once you live and you die, that's the end of it. Sounds as modern as 1969 doesn't. Where people will say all that's to life is your living. Now, when you're dead, you're dead. And nothing after this. He had those fellows them. But verse 13, if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ, not what? Right? The whole thing hinges upon the resurrection of Christ. If Christ arose, if he arose, there is going to be our resurrection of everybody. Body of Christ did not arise, there's not going to be any resurrection whatsoever. It's all contingent upon the resurrection of Christ. All thing. That's why he built all of this in the opening part of that chapter. By Revelation, he built God built all of this. So that when he gets to the subject here, of the people saying, there's no resurrection, then you'll have to admit that there is no Christ who God raised from the dead. And verse 14, if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith or your believing in what we have preached is also what thing you see it
yay. And we are found false witnesses of what God did. false witnesses. In other words, he said, then we have lied, when we have said, that he was seen a see fast then of the 12. After that he was seen of above 500 Brother. After that he was seen of James, then of all the apostles. And last of all, he was seen to me also, we are found false witnesses. Because we have testified a God, that He raised up Christ, who he raised not up, see it, if so be that the Dead Rising up. All thing is just hinged right upon the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Or if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. And if Christ be not raised your faith, you're believing in Christ, as the resurrected one is vain, and you're yet in your sins. Why? Because remember, Romans 10 Nine, if thou shalt confess with die, mouth, the Lord Jesus and believe God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be what. And when you get saved, you get remission of odd. Boy, look at that, how tremendous that is. If Christ be not raised, your believing is in vain, and you're yet in your sin. Or when we confess with our mouth, the Lord Jesus believed God raised Him from the dead were saved. And when we save, we get remission of sins. And if we get remission of sins, we're no longer in our sins. But if Christ did not rise, then our confession in his resurrection is fruitless, and we are still in our sin.
Verses 20 through 28 are a parentheses. Gotta mark them as such. Because you're going to see that 20 through 28 are specifically referring to Israel. Because in the process, basically Israel and the unbelievers. Basically, when you deal with this 15th chapter in the subjects involved here,
you will see that the resurrection applies to Israel. And the second resurrection applies to all unbelievers, down through the centuries, but that the church to which you and I belong will never be resurrected, that there is something for the church which sets before the resurrection of the just our the resurrection of the unjust, but to deal with what Christ did for us, when God raised Him, not only did for us, the church he did for all mankind, you've got to cover three subjects. And that's why this 15 Chapter is so illuminating, and so enlightening. For in this 15 Chapter, heal because of Christ's resurrection, he'll cover the resurrection for Israel, you'll cover the resurrection for all the unbelievers through the centuries. And then he'll also have to cover the gathering together of the church, the Body of Christ. And he does all of this in the 15th just verses 20 through 28 are basically dressed Israel will see verse 20, but setting it in contrast with that which precedes but now it's Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruit of them that what? He's the first one alive. Well then what about enough Elijah, if they are already gathered together in there with the Father up there, then Jesus Christ is not the first fruit.
First fruit is first fruit. Not second, third 100 He is the first fruit of them that slipped. A watch it. Verse 21, or since by man Adam
came dead by Adam. Second Adam Jesus Christ came also the resurrection of the Lord of the death. For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. For as in Adam, all die. Well, all the church die. No, no, but talking here he's talking about all those who want to die, can't talk to the church because the church will not all die, some will have died, but there will be some alive at the return of Christ. This is talking about all die. You know, verse 51, same chapter if you want to cross reference it. He says, Behold, I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep or all die, but we shall all be what? Right? entirely different than what he's talking about in verse 22. In verse 22, he's talking as an atom, all die, even so in Christ, shall all be made alive. Because of the resurrection, everybody's going to be made alive. Everybody who, everybody who has watt died. All the believers of Israel or Old Testament all the believers that come after the gathering together, the church, they're all going to die. Now, all of those are going to get up. But what about all of those from the beginning? Like Kane and everybody else, all the unbelievers, outside of God, who did not believe in God in His promises of the Old Covenant, nor have they accepted Christ? In the day of grace in which we live? All of those are going to get up Olson. So whether people like it or whether they don't like it, they've got a lousy thing to say about it, they're gonna get up. That's right, because God raised his Son, Jesus Christ. And that's the greatness of that verse. All Israel is dead. But not all the church is dead. Got it. But you're verse 23. Every man in his own order in the sequence in order Christ the lot. First Fruits, that's what he told us back in verse 20, right. Christ risen from the dead become the first fruits of them that slept. You know why the word sleep is used regarding death? Because there is no consciousness where there's no consciousness, there is no time. And it's just like going to sleep. Now, and lo and behold, the next second the alarm clock rings, it's morning look at Johnny Levin, keep your finger here in Corinthians. Just take a look at John 11. John 11 Verse 11, these things said he and after that he Jesus says unto them, our friend Lazarus does what? Sleeping but I go that I may awake him out asleep. Then said his disciples water be sleeping. Having a siesta, he's doing real well. How be a Jesus spoke of his watt death. But they thought that he had spoken of taking a rest in sleep. Then said Jesus honor them very plainly. Lazarus is what? Okay, so when the Bible talks about people being asleep, it means that their dead body, it's the asleep part, because what's going to happen to them someday? They're gonna wake up. I'm going to have an awful shock when they wake up, but they're gonna get up. That's why the word sleep is used now Wonderful. Now, a Bruce was, Oh, yes.
23 but every man in his own order. Christ the first group afterward, afterwards. Afterwards, after what? No after that gathering together of the church, they that are Christ's width, he is coming the word out is the word with. You see, in between that time, Christ the first fruits. Now the next thing that happens is the gathering to gather the church after that they that are Christ with His coming with his coming back to Earth. Verse 24, has to be read right with verse 23. Then the end, the end what? Now watch it they that are Christ with His coming then the end. The end was right the and resurrection. The word end is the word [telos?], I suppose that's where we get the word tail from.
Every time I think of this word tail tail on, so I got a picture of a dog's tail in my mind. See, every dog's tail has an end. But when you're that far from the end, you're at the end of the tail.
But there's an end to the end of the end of the tape. This word tail always means the end of the end of the end of the case. There is an other word used in the Bible for end, which is not this word, this is the end and what's the word table, if they have put that other Greek word are in here, it wouldn't work at all we disciple fall to pieces again. The afterward they that are Christ's with is coming, then come at the [telos?] the end resurrection. When he shall I've delivered up I'll watch it, the kingdom of God, even the father, when he when he shall have put all rule and all authority and power. Put down all rule for verse 25. He must reign until he has put all enemies under His feet on the last enemy that shall be destroyed is what? That something is enemy, not friend, enemy that shall be destroyed his death. You know, in Revelation, chapter 20 Verse five, but the rest of the dead live not again until the 1000 years were finished. This is the first one resurrection. At the end of that period of time, you have the first resurrection. Verse six, lesson and holy is he that as part in the first one. On such the second death has no one man. This verse implies that there's going to be a plus and other resurrection besides the first one. Now in Hebrews chapter 12 Verse 33, who through believing subdued kingdoms, rot righteousness, obtain promises stop the mouths of lions. Lions quench the violence of fire escape the edge of the sword out of weakness were made strong, wax down in fight turned to flight, the Army's idiom, aliens, women received the dead raised to life again, and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance. Could they have been delivered? Yes, but they didn't accept it. And that they might obtain a better resurrection. A better resurrection. Did I? Sorry. Chapter 11. Sorry. We were in awful shape, it would have chapters versus when I don't think we would on this. Many of you should know this almost minimal. Look, they've had such a tremendous trouble with this, because it indicates and the commentaries have said that these people live so close to God that God had something better for them. He's got a better resurrection for them. Want to be as God's a respecter of persons people. And God is no respecter of persons, as scripture says. But there are two resurrection. These people were believers. They believed in God, but they were tortured. They were afflicted, they did all of that. And some of them just in a stage in life did not accept deliverance. Were they still saved? Sure that they My obtain our B in the better resurrection. How many resurrections are there to the resurrection of the just and the resurrection a lot, which is the better of the two. That's what that says. That's what it means for each Corinthians. The first resurrection, that's the best one Aha, of the resurrection. And other ones for unbelievers. First Corinthians again, 50. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is what? Death. Our people, no matter what our best friends say about death, this is what the Word says that it's an enemy. And you and I have to say even to our best friends, what the Word says.
Or he has put all things under his feet. But when he says all things are put under him, it is manifested that he Jesus Christ is accepted from being put under which did Christ put all things under him. And yet the manifestation of death being put under him, has not yet been declared in evidence, because it's still a one enemy, and it will finally have to be destroyed, and when that is destroyed. Verse 28, when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then He HGM them, and not until then shall the Son also, himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in What if Jesus Christ is God? How could he be subject unto him? I don't know. Are we just so terribly confused about Jesus, aren't we? How could we have been so confused? Oh, not difficult, I guess because you can't believe but we're on what you're taught. And if you're taught confusion, you live in confusion and you think it's right. You remember x two, on the day of Pentecost, Peter gave that sermon at the close of which he said in Acts to look at it again, refresh our minds. Verse 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall lambano the gift.
baptized everyone in the name of Jesus Christ, not water, but baptized in the name and you get baptized in the name when you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus which is repentance. To repent is to confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus believed God raised Him from the dead. That's what verse 29 is talking about. If in this life if it in this life only, we have hope in Christ are of all men most miserable else water they doing which are baptized with the presence of Christ in the name of Christ if they're baptized in the name of Christ, you know, not water but there's nothing in here it's for dead bodies because a man is just body and what so and he's never going to be what raised up in any way shape or form. That's why just be No, no Christ just dead body. This verse 29 has really been a difficult one for most people. I'll give it to you once more. And I'm sure some of the old timers in here have this all written out. So you can get it from them after the service if you're a relative newcomer and you've never heard me handle the Scripture before. Verse 29. Else what are they doing which are baptized question? It is for dead bodies if the dead rise not at all
right? Period. Why are they then baptized for the dad wouldn't help him anybody know resurrect. That's why he says in verse 30. And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I've fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantages it means if the dead arise not
see, if this is not true, then let us eat drink. For tomorrow, we may want that whole philosophy of that last versus what we see in concretion in our society today. Let's just eat and drink and drink Hell and just have a ballast nothing or fun or something else, because there's nothing here after anyways. That's why you have all this play boy emphasis, all of these power prestegious All of this, for the very reason of the accuracy of that great verse. Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we what? Sorry there's nothing after live, no resurrection, no coming of Christ, nothing. So boy, let's just get the other fellow let's just do as we want to. I'm only a lot of myself. Long as I satisfies me it does make a difference if it hurts you. Because I'm 21 years old and what I do with my life, my business? Baloney try. What I do with my life has everything to do with what you do. Because my life must bless your life. Your life must bless my life if the word is right and the words right, Christ did rise from the dead. But if people do not believe in Christ, or in his resurrection, they will not believe in His return. They can't do anything else but to advocate. The things that you see advocated today, in our so called modern society, there's nothing modern about the society, because they did a thing already. Because it is seen nothing new about seeing right? I don't think anybody thought of a new sin at all. I think Kane had the whole thing wrapped up. So what to do about it? Oh, wait to righteousness, verse 34. And sin not. For some have not the knowledge of God. See, it's in that knowledge of God that you get truth. And he said, I speak this to your shame. But some will say how are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? Thou fu that which thou soloist is not quickened, except Edward. And that which thou sews thou psoas not that body that shall be but bare grain it may tense of wheat, or some other grain. Verse 38, but God given it a word body as it has pleased him. And to every seed his own blood. Isn't that wonderful? Boy that 38 verses really driven. God give it to the body. People today will still see well.
How's God gonna do this? With one buddy, we're going to come? Are we going to know each other?
Some people you just leave not know. So I don't know what you're gonna do with those. Some you might know a little better. Maybe they come up with all these questions. I'm sure you've had an iPad. Other people have the problem they are confronted with, they just can't imagine that if a man of body and soul dies, and that body disintegrates, how the good Lord is going to find that fella or that woman and get himself all gathered together again. You see, when the Scripture talks about the graves to be open? It doesn't mean at all what most people believe that God's going to get himself his fate or something dig up this one over here and this one? What would he do? Were they had a cremation and had all the ashes scattered over the Atlantic or something else. But it's a figure of speech that everybody's going to get up the graves are going to be a Get up. We open simply means that the dead are going to get up. That's the meaning of it. And then he's going to give it a new body. I have no problem with understanding this because I have no problem understanding the first birth. Do you know something? I didn't know anybody when I got here the first time did you until after you had matured a little bit in your mind. At least four months old. I don't think you were much more of a genius Bill, you were able to say daddy and mommy. Usually by about six, seven months you write Nepalis You start recognizing daddy and mommy and a few others. Well, how did you learn to know? And you came from a little sperm and an egg. And look how wonderful you are, how wonderful I am. Just the idea I'm here, and the idea you're there. And God did this by a natural law of a sperm and an egg. And yet, you know, people today, you are aware of other people's presence. You mean to tell me that God Almighty Who created the heavens and the earth, and who so instituted the first birth, that he could forget to get you up when the time comes, and give you a new body, which the scripture says is fashioned like unto His glorious body?
No doubt about that. Some people will say, Well, how's he gonna do it?
Well, I don't even quite understand how the egg and the sperm work yet. I'm sure I don't understand the other one. And I'm sure there are no geneticists that understand everything there is to know about a little egg and a sperm. This is why I have no doubt about the return of Christ and the greatness of what he's able to do. Because I have people like you seated here before me, your wonderful people, and look how God brought us together. Out of Pure Natural Law, which he established, his spiritual law is no less than his natural and therefore, I want to tell you, if their ashes were scattered over the whole word, wouldn't make any difference because when God gets it up, he doesn't need that old stuff. He's going to give it a new body. I shouldn't like under His glorious body, and how was his glorious body? I don't know very much about it. And I want to tell you something. None of the brainiest American psychologist or psychiatrist or scientist ever had him in the laboratory, thank God. And they had they would have concocted some wrong idea as to what that body was. But nobody ever put him in a test too. But I can read some things from the word. It was on the road to Damascus. A short time later, the doors were locked with all the Yale locks and the bolts remember, the inside behind that were the apostles, and boom, they stood in the midst. Right, he appeared on to above 501 morning to Paul's route fish and rotten early and Jesus came along, and he fried up some fish and had a little bit of toast ready for him when they came in. And he sat down and he ate with them. That must be a great body, especially for families like Howard Allen, who like to eat and some of the rest of these fellas. Because that goes for you too. And John lid and somebody, I tell you to run this place down here on the way these fellows eat, you just have to really, but you've got a wonderful body, isn't it? It's a spirit body, and it must have something that nobody quite understand. All I know is what the Word says. But he could eat or he could not eat. He could be here one moment could be there another they think it's tremendous to go to the moon. Well, I think that's not even. That's baloney compared to what that new body is able to do. Because one moment you can be in the presence of the Father and the next moment you can be out there we're going to typewriter and IBM or whatever else he's going to have I don't know. Isn't a wonderful? Lawyer. I think that's a tremendous verse. God give us a body as it pleases what him in the first birth, you got a body according the natural the second time when you get up or are changed in the church, the old people, the old covenant people being resurrected, He gives it a body as it pleases Him. I have no problem understanding you seeing you loving you. I have no doubt but that he is able to do the same thing only better in the next one. And he goes on as explained in verse 39. All flesh is not the same flesh. But there is one kind of flakes of man and other plates of beasts and other features are there as a bird. They're all still celestial bodies bodies terrestrial, but the glory of the celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial it's another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars for one second. are different from another star in glory. So, also is the lot resurrection of the dead it is sown the body it is sown you know putting the ground in corruption, but when it is raised it is raised what is raised encrypts the word corruption can only be used regarding a dead body and everybody who dies, that body corrupts it is so, in corruption it is raised in in corruption. It is sown in dishonor, you know place like it is raised in glory.
It is sown in weakness, human weakness, not true weakness, but when it is raised, it is raised with what kind of a body one or power it is sewn on not for body, but it is raised a watt spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is no future a lot. And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul in Genesis remember, the last Adam Jesus Christ was made a quickening a life quickening spirit. And if we're going to be like he is we're going to have a body like he had. We're going to have a life quickening spirit. That's the only place that used that's the only thing I know about. It cannot be soul life. It's a life quickening spirit is quickening Maitland I'll be it verse 46. That was not first which is spiritual, but that was just natural. And after that, which is spiritual. The first man is of the Earth, Adam earthy, the second man is the Lord from heaven, Jesus Christ as his the earthy, Adam, Such are they also that is earthy, and as is the heavenly Such are they also that are what heavenly, after the second man which is the Lord from heaven. I watch verse 49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly, which is the quickening spirit. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit lot in grip. God's got to do something about it. Now Behold, I show you a mystery. What do you think he's talking about? The church demist sector. I'm going to show you miss. Hold I show you a mystery. We that turret shall not all die, sleep. But the church has to all be what all of the church has to be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump was a trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. Now there is also a very wonderful verse of God's Word. You know, they relate the last trump in verse 52, to the last trumpet of Revelation. I want to tell you God's got more than one last trumpet. He's not limited just one trumpet. Even Wayne king as two of them are three. Dial on bar Lawrence Welk he's got a few guys playing trumpet. God wouldn't. And just because it says last Trump at Trump isn't a card game. It's allowed blow. If you relate this trumpet to the lawn in Revelation, that's where they get the church to go through the whole tribulation period. But this is the trumpet heralding the coming of the Lord for His church, not with him but for them. This one fits in With the records in Thessalonians, about the gathering together, now the dead their bodies have corrupted and those people in the church are going to have to get up and they're going to be raised. What? incorruptible but those who are alive at the time of the return of Christ, who have not died, they have bodies, right? Those bodies will have to be what? But they're not corruptible.
Look at verse 53. For this, corruptible that week has died corruptable must put on what? In corruption, and this mortal, the one who is alive at the return of Christ is a mortal and that merge old must put on what are you got it one verse? This is not talking about Khan's immortality of the soul. Or any of the other philosophical baloney that's been passed on through the centuries. It's not talking about the spiritualist teaching of the day that everyone is immortal. No, no, no, no, no. This is talking about people have not died. The spiritual is talking about people who have died and they say they're up there. They're immortal. Nah, nah, no. The only immortal ones are those who are mortal. The Marco's must put on what? Immortality, but those who have died in the church. That's corruption that corruption must put on what? Amen. That's why that verse a while ago said, and the dead shall be che raised incorruptible, verse 52, and we who are alive at the time of His return are mortals we shall be a lot. That's what it says. That's how it works. And that's what it means. Now there's good people. So when this corruptible that which has died, or fallen asleep in Christ, in the church age, shall have put on incorruption and this mortal, those which are alive, shall have put on what immortality, then then then not now but then shall be brought to pass the saying, that is written, Death is swallowed up in what? Try, then shall be brought to pass the same after the gathering together, when the corruptible Shall I put on in corruption, and the dead have been the alive have been changed, then shall be brought to pass the saying, Death is swallowed up in what? Verse 55 Oh, Death, where is thy sting? Or grave where is thy what? The sting of death is what? And the strength of sin is the law but but but in contrast, I speak to God, who give it to us, the church, the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for a lot, that we don't have to go in the first truth or for first resurrection, that there's something better for the church, because the church will not all die. Some will have died, but some will still be alive. The dead will have to be raised incorruptible, but those which are alive shall be changed in a moment and twinkling of an eye. Then shall we be gathered together so shall we ever be with the Lord. Thanks be to God, who give it to us the church victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. That's a tremendous thing. Therefore, therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast unmovable once every month abounding in the work of the Lord always doing what abounding in the work of the Lord is always abounding in the work of the Lord does not mean that always everybody's going to agree with what you do. That's not the issue. The issue is are you abounding in the work of the Lord? Always abounding in the work of the Lord for as much as you know that your labor. Your work in the Lord is not in vain in the Lord at some law because this is the Age of Grace, Christ's return is imminent. And what we do for him is not which really is worthwhile. That's why it says thanks be to God, who give it to us to victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, we ought to go out and declare that victory.
And we ought to straighten up that world situation on the misuse ages of the word corruption and him immortal. And when these philosophers named pass this off for centuries, like Kant had Schleiermacher, Hegel, all those fellows talked about immortality of the soul. Nothing like the only immortality is, at the time of the return of Christ, those mortals that are living at that time have to be changed. And when they're changed, their bodies become immortal bodies. The dead in Christ shall be raised, and that immortal body and that incorruptible body that he gives to it is fashioned like unto His body. And as the Corinthian says, We shall see Him face to face and be like he is, boy, that church is the greatest thing God ever did. That's why you hit it as a mystery, as Satan knows that he would not have crucified the Lord of Glory, all of these things, and that's that tremendous 15 Chapter for instance. We need to work it and settle it in our hearts that we will always stand steadfast, unmovable, abounding in the work of the Lord. Amen.