April 22, 2007
by Michael Gilbert
“The sting of death is sin;
and the strength of sin is the law”
(1 Cor. 15:56, KJ21)
Death only ‘stings’ because of sin. Therefore, if sin had a cure death would not ‘sting’ us anymore. There is a cure!
Paul declared, “But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57)!
Scripture teaches, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Rom. 8:1). If a person desires to conquer the fear of death, he must pay special attention to the words, “in Christ Jesus”.
Salvation is only found “in Christ”, for Paul wrote, “Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus…” (2 Tim. 2:10).
Friends, there is only one way to get “into Christ”, and that is by baptism. The Bible says, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27).
However, the “strength of sin is the law” (1 Cor. 15:56). Sin’s power over humanity lies in the fact that “…all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23) and we “…have not all obeyed the gospel…” (Rom. 10:16).
Do you desire to stare death in the face and triumphantly say, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory” (1 Cor. 15:55)? If so, then why not get “into Christ” today by being baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38; Mk. 16:16)?