Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
-1 Corinthians 15:57
First Corinthians 15:51-52 speaks about when the Lord comes back to take us to heaven with Him. When we think of death and being put in the grave, it’s hard to think about even as Christians both for ourselves and for our loved ones. At least when you are a Christian you realize that it’s a temporary situation. We have the hope that God has given us through Jesus Christ. Death is swallowed up in victory. What does that mean?
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
First Corinthians 15:57 reminds us to give thanks to God for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gives us victory over death. Verse 58 tells us to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and reminds us that our labor is not in vain in the Lord. Because we have the assurance of heaven and knowing we’ll be rewarded for our work here on earth we can give thanks to God for the victory we have in Jesus Christ.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 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.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Things to think about:
- Do you have hope in Christ? Why or why not?
- Do you give thanks to God for the victory we have in Christ?
- Think about the great sacrifice Christ made on the cross of our sins. In what ways can we give thanks to Him for the sacrifice He made for us?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We give You thanks for the victory that You have given us through Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for the sacrifice that He made on the cross for our sins, so Your will might be carried out. Help us to know that our labor for You is not in vain. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:
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Give Thanks is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends. Give Thanks contains 21 Daily Bible Reading lessons that remind us to have an attitude of gratitude and to be thankful and grateful for everything.
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