Clothed in Immortality

Death is the one thing that most people fear. Why did I say most people and not everyone? People whose faith is strong know that although the physical body will die, their souls will live forever. In one of today’s readings (1 Corinthians 15:54b-57), Paul is taunting death with unshakable confidence:

Death is swallowed up in victory.

Where, O death, is your victory?

                                                   Where, O death, is your sting?

I can hear Paul taunting death like a child singing on a playground, “Na, na, na, na, na, you CAN’T hurt me. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!”  Why is Paul so confident and fearless?

Paul lives with confidence in the knowledge that Jesus overcame sin, the poison that causes death.  “When that which is mortal clothes itself with immortality….”, DEATH NO LONGER HAS ANY POWER OVER US!  Mortal Christians clothe themselves in the Word of God and are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.  .Although our physical bodies are still capable of pain and will ultimately die, no one and no thing has power over our everlasting souls  That invisible piece of our being which we treasure most – our soul – is eternally linked with the Source of all life.

Jesus confirms this in the Gospel of Luke: “Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.

Christians have long-term goals and our ultimate goal is to join Jesus in life everlasting. “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”, we say with confidence in the belief that the death of our body will result in the resurrection of our immortal soul.

At that point our journey will be complete and successful. We will have arrived home and will stay there – forever! 

Clothe yourself with immortality and live a fearless, faith-filled life in Christ.

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