“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. 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. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord,” 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.
Christians have a great salvation because of our Great Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. His victory over sin, sickness, satan, and the curse is our victory. His victory over death, hell, and the grave is our victory. His work through His Cross and Resurrection makes death swallowed up in victory. His victory is our victory!
When we think of death we see that death always separates. Think of death from a Biblical perspective which categorizes death:
Spiritual death—man’s spirit is separated from relationship with God’s Spirit.
Physical death—man’s spirit is separated from His body.
Eternal death—man’s spirit is separated from God forever.
It separates us from our loved ones.
Death is represented as having a sting (a goad; a prick) like the driver of a wagon pulled by oxen; goads continually prod or goad them on.
Sin is called the sting/goad so sin is that which urges men on toward death—spiritual, physical, and ultimately eternal death.
Death in all its forms could not have entered into the world if sin had not entered.
It was sin that not only introduced spiritual, physical, and eternal death but armed it with its destroying force, sting, or goad.
The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the Law. The Law identifies sin and forbids sin but only strengthens its binding, controlling power.
It provided no help, only cursing and condemning thereby strengthening the sting.
What the Law could not do Jesus did—He became sin and conquered death, hell, and the grave.
He takes the sting out of death and gives us the victory over it by grace.
Death is swallowed up in victory. His victory is our victory!
We have the hope of a future resurrection like His or a rapture.
We have the hope we will not face His wrath in the Tribulation.
We have the hope of returning with Him to Earth ant His Second Coming.
We have the reward of ruling and reigning with Him in His Millennial Reign on Earth.
We have the hope of living with him in eternity in the New Heaven and new Earth.
Thanks be to God which giveth us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ