Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Destruction of Death, the Final Enemy

"The asyndeton (lack of conjunction) gives the sentence a "strong and decisive prominence" between the two scriptural adaptations (Cf. McCaughey, "Death," p. 251). The present passive is best understood as referring to what takes place at the time of v. 24; that is, it refers to Christ's destroying "every dominion, authority and power." In a sense death, the final enemy to be subdued, is already being destroyed through the resurrection of Christ' but Paul's concern here is with its final destruction, which takes place when Christ's own resurrection as first fruits culminates in the full harvest of the resurrection of those who are his. Death is the final enemy. At its destruction true meaningfulness is given to life itself. As long as people die, God's own sovereign purposes are not yet fully fully realized. Hence the necessity of the resurrection -- so as to destroy death by "robbing" it of its store of those who do not belong to it because they belong to Christ!"
 Dr. Gordon Fee, "The First Epistle to the Corinthians," regarding 1 Cor. 15:26. pg757. 

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