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Only Two Guarantees in Life

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I am sure you have heard that old saying, “There are only 2 things that are guaranteed in life…”

Let’s take a look at that idea today as we poke around in 1 Corinthians 15

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

Now this is one of those passages I have actually read hundreds of times. I at least verse 21, since it is part of the text of Handel’s Messiah, which is a large part of my life.

But as the Lord loves to do, He pulled out His highlighter as I was studying this recently.

Look with me for just a minute at the structure of these two verses. Let’s focus on the second. He poses that which we know, and then links it to what will be. As if the part we know is a clear indication of how sure the second part is.

In Adam all die. You can trace the fact that you are going to die back to Adam’s sin. By Adam, sin entered the world, and through sin death. Paul goes into much more detail on this idea in Romans 5.

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned ~ Romans 5:12

It would be worth reading Romans 5-8 to see this full progression of death to life.

But my point today is simply that just as sure as you were born with a sin nature, so sure is it that if you are in Christ, you will be raised from the dead.

Your resurrection is just as sure as your death.

I say again: Hallelujah!

So here is my re-write of the old adage.

There are only 2 things that are guaranteed in life…

Death and Resurrection!

Ben NelsonGlad you stopped by today.

Hope to see you again soon,


0 thoughts on “Only Two Guarantees in Life

  1. Chrystal

    "But as the Lord loves to do, He pulled out His highlighter as I was studying this recently." Ain't it the truth? Just proof that the Bible is the LIVING Word when God talks to you with something you think you "know." By the way, Handel's Messiah is huge to me, too! We sang through the entire score twice in high school with 2 incredible (in music and in Christ) choir directors who shaped a whole generation to seek excellence in everything you do. I still know the alto part by heart. 🙂

    1. Ben Nelson

      Thanks Chrystal.

      I have sung parts of it a number of times, in both bass and tenor, and the entire score once as a tenor.

      But my memory goes back to high school when my parents finally included me in their annual trip to Carnegie Hall for a performance that was done once a year, by a professional christian choir, and most of the audience had been going for decades. Two of my uncles got side by side boxes every year, and there would be like 20 of us there.

      it was amazing when there would some fantastic aria or choral, and rather than Bravos you would hear Amens resounding through Mr Carnegie's unparalleled concert space.


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