Compilation by JS Lowther
A Moment to Think
1 Corinthians 15:36-56:..that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:..to every seed his own body… So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body…Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption… the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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.
Another definition of sin
“the strength of sin is the law”,
Consider in context why Paul mentions this after his discourse on bodily resurrection?
The strength of sin is the law because sin is transgression of the law, it is most definitely not because the law is sin, for Paul has answered that in the extreme negative in Romans 7:7. See below.
These Questions Paul expected to arise,
So he swiftly Answers.
Q. Do we then make void the law through faith?
A. God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Q. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
A. God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Q. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?
A. God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Q. What shall we say then? Is the law sin?
A. God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Q. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me?
A. God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
If your “Christian” answer is different than Paul’s on any of these Questions
…It is not the Christian Answer.
In reasoning, the question begs to be answered by the disciple of Christ: If transgression of the law is sin, and if sin is known by the law, and the strength of sin is the law, should I sin or continue in sin (ignorant or willful) that the Grace (free gift of forgiveness of sin unto everlasting life) of Christ may be more plenteous?
In other words, should the disciple of Christ break God’s law, willfully, so that Christ’s free gift of forgiveness and everlasting life is more free, or that there is more gift to be given?
If the human judge would say, “Mr. Flesh-Man because you turned your self in for breaking the law, and your advocate (Christ) has convinced me of your new righteousness, I have decided to give you grace, to gift you forgiveness, and I will remember these crimes no more.” Would any wish not to obey the law unto righteousness? Would any conclude that they should stay the servant of crime and continue a criminal so that the judge’s gift of forgiveness may multiply with every intentional crime? And if the judge should find that same criminal intentionally ignoring the law so that he may fall into his grace, would forgiveness be granted?
The Heavenly judge speaks thus:
For if we sin wilfully (intentionally) after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the LORD. And again, The LORD shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God- Hebrews 10:26-31
Please consider the error of the Church world in ignoring the laws of God. What will be your answer when you see the judge? If he asks why you did not take heed to the word He gave you, the Word of God which you had on the shelf, the Word you read and heard but did not do?
Would you not rather have your address to the Judge of heaven and earth be, “I tried my best father, I did what was in your Word as much as I could.” ?