Saturday, April 18, 2009

Unbridled Rejoicing

"The resurrection of Christ has determined our existence for all time and eternity. We do not merely live out our length of days and then have the hope of resurrection as an addendum; rather, as Paul makes plain in this passage, Christ's resurrection has set in motion a chain of inexorable events that absolutely determines our present and our future. Christ is the firstfruits of those who are his, who will be raised at his coming. That ought to both reform the way we live and to reshape our worship into seasons of unbridled rejoicing."

[Gordon Fee on 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 in his NICNT volume on 1 Corinthians, pg. 760]