First Corinthians 15; Part 3: Believers Stand Fast in the Gospel, Unmovable in the Glorious Hope - Eager Anticipation, of Resurrection, i.e., The Rapture:Volume 5, Number 56
Created Date: July 15, 2023
Posted Date: July 15, 2023
Our two previous studies covered the first 49 verses of the fifteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians. We’ll continue here at verse 50 but first we need to look at two words in the first 4 verses that were not addressed earlier. As noted previously, the first 4 verses summarize the Gospel (Good News) of salvation to eternal life preached by the Apostle Paul; that Christ died for mankind’s sins and rose from the dead on the 3rd day, according to Old Testament (OT) Scriptures. The Corinthians, and all mankind since, are assured eternal life in Heaven with The Lord Jesus Christ if Paul’s Gospel is truly believed from the heart. One Greek word we will examine here is translated “ye have received” and also “received,” the other is translated “ye stand.” The first 4 verses with these words highlighted are:
1 - “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 - By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 - For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 - And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”.
“Ye have received” in verse 1 and “received” in verse 3 are translated from the Greek word “paralamban’o” (G3880), which occurs 50 times in the New Testament, translated “take” 30 times; “receive” 15 times; “take unto” twice; “take up” twice and “take with” once. It is defined as “to take near, with or to oneself; receive with or to one’s self; receive in charge what is delivered over.” Its first occurrence is inwhere The Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and told him to arise “and take” the Young Child (Jesus) and His mother and flee to Egypt, then in its translated “he took” the Young Child (Jesus) and His mother by night and departed. In Paul warns believers: “… If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ‘ye have received,’ let him be accursed.” The Greek word translated “ye stand” in the phrase “the Gospel…wherein ye stand” is “histemi” (G2476), which occurs 155 times in the NT, translated “stand” 115 times; “set” 11 times; “establish” 5 times, etc. It means “to stand, opposite of falling; stand fast, stand still.”
Therefore, when someone believes the Gospel, they take or receive it near to themselves to care for and they stand still/fast in it; thus, they are saved (delivered, made righteous) from sins with the hope (earnest expectation) to exchange these present vile/corrupt/dying bodies for incorrupt eternal bodies. Now, we continue at Faith-Studies.com for a complete study of The Mystery.) The Secret of the catching up (rapture) of the Church, The Body of Christ, revealed to Paul differs from what God promised the OT Saints. They looked forward to resurrection from the dead, but that was to live, tied by gravity to earth in their resurrected bodies: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:” . God promised Israel they will be a Holy Nation of Priests on earth, and the OT prophets foretold different aspects of Israel’s future earthly Kingdom with their Messiah as King. When Christ ascended into Heaven, His followers did not look forward to being caught up to heaven like Members of Christ’s Body today, they rightly looked forward to His return to earth to establish Israel’s promised Kingdom, .where Paul teaches that our flesh and blood bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God even as corruption (decay, ruin, perishing) cannot inherit incorruption (purity, immortal, perpetuity, not subject to death). The resurrection of the Members of Christ’s Body is part of the mystery, which is the Gospel God kept secret until The Lord Jesus Christ revealed it to Paul, that all believers will not all die, but all (whether dead or alive at the time) will be changed (this has been called the Rapture, a word not found in the Bible), . This is a facet of the mystery Paul describes in & with details outlined in where we learn that believers will be caught up in the air to meet the Lord in the Air and forever be with Him. (See Faith Studies Vol. 3, Numbers 62 through 67 at
The catching up (rapture) of The Body of Christ could have occurred at any moment since Paul wrote these words. It will occur in a twinkling of an eye when those believers who have died will be raised incorruptible (immortal) and those believers still living in their vile corruptible bodies will be changed,. All will have bodies like our Lord Jesus Christ not tied by gravity to this earth, but capable of life with Him in Heaven; this corruptible body must put on incorruption, i.e., this mortal (dying body) must put on immortality (a body that never dies), . And when this happens, then will come to pass the saying “Death is swallowed up in Victory,” . This saying is from & , and applies to the hope off all believers since Adam, including those before and after Paul’s Gospel was revealed to him.
“O death, where is thy sting (of venom, poison)? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength (inherent power/ability) of sin is the law (of Moses).”. There is no transgression/sin without the law, b. For by the Law is the knowledge of sin, b. The law itself is not sin and we would not know sin but by the law, a. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” . “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.” . Jesus died for all mankind, that through death He could destroy the devil who has had the power of death, & . At this time Satan’s fate is sealed but not consummated, but it will be when “… God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” . “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” .
As the first 4 verses of this great chapter teach, believers have “taken near, with or to one’s self; received with or to one’s self; received in charge (The Gospel Paul) delivered” and in which they stand fast, we now come to the last verse of the chapter that exhorts: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast (sitting fast, fixed, settled), unmovable (unmoved, firm), always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor (work, trouble, toil) is not in vain in the Lord.”. Therefore, even though the believer’s position in Christ holds sure and firm, yet they exist in frail, corruptible bodies prone to sin and wander, so the exhortation to watch and live fixed, settled, unmovable in Christ, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”.