Archive for February 28th, 2020

1 Corinthians 15:25-29

In 1 Corinthians 15:25-29 Paul continues to describe the power of Jesus’ resurrection. “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” Paul refers to the one-thousand-year reign of Jesus described in Revelation 20:1-6. After that time, there will be a final, Satan inspired rebellion in  which Jesus will crush and finally and forever put all enemies under His feet. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” Death will be present during the millennial reign of Jesus but afterward, death will be abolished. It is truly the last enemy that will be destroyed by Jesus that sets up eternity for ever.

Paul reminds us that Jesus the Son will not someday be superior to the Father. The relationship of Father to Son will be eternal: the Son Himself will always be subject to Him. “For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.” The submission of Jesus to the Father doesn’t come from any inferiority; instead, it comes from the normal order of the Godhead. A son is always in submission to his father, even if both are “equal” in substance. Thus Jesus will always be subject to God the Father.

Paul refers to God the Son’s desire to glorify God the Father through all eternity. “When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.” Each person of the Trinity desires to glorify another person of the Trinity. Throughout scripture the Son glorifies the Father, the Father glorifies the Son, and the Holy Spirit glorifies the Son. This aspect of the nature of God is something God wants us to walk in, having a concern for the glory of others, and not our own. We are told to think of others as more that ourselves.

This next verse is difficult to explain, although there have been many attempts to do so. Mare wrote “Paul simply mentions the superstitious custom without approving it and uses it to fortify his argument that there is a resurrection from the dead.” Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?” Paul’s point is that the pagans even believe in the resurrection because they baptize for the dead. The pagans have the sense to believe in resurrection, but some of the Corinthian Christians did not!

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