Daily Devotions

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 
Day 216

"The kingdom of God..."

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:50


The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to proclaim “The Kingdom of God”. But His message was not always well-understood. Some thought that He had come to establish a political kingdom. Others had difficulty in having faith in Him.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I tell 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 trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.”
1 Corinthians 15:50-52

1. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”

a) This is a reference to our present human body.

b) The flesh is characterised by “corruption”.
c) And thus, we cannot inherit that which is “incorruption”.
d) The eternal kingdom of God may indeed be described as “incorruption”.

2. “We shall all be changed”

a) Paul was referring to a time when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth for His saints.
b) Not everyone will taste death; for some will see Christ coming again in His glory.
c) Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Thessalonian Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
i) The dead in Christ will rise first.
ii) Those who are alive when Christ returns will be caught up in the air to meet Christ.
d) But all will be changed and will be fully transformed.

3. The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ

a) This will be the greatest event ever.
b) It will be heralded by the blowing of “the last trumpet”.
c) The dead in Christ will be raised from the dead “incorruptible”.
d) Each one would be given a new “resurrection-body”.
e) This new body will be given immortality.

4. The establishment of the kingdom of God

a) This is often called “The Millennial Kingdom”.
b) The prophecies concerning this kingdom would then be fulfilled.