Saturday, July 25, 2009

Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15.55-57)

Matthew Henry, The Covenant of Grace, pp. 241-242:

The Lord Jesus hath by dying taken the evil out of every providence. Hence it is that all works for good because the malignity of it is taken out by the dying of the Lord Jesus, which corrects the hurtful quality. Therefore it is that all works for good because Jesus Christ has taken the sting out of every affliction, and so it ceases to be hurtful. He has overcome the world (John 16:33), the good things of the world, the evil things of the world, so that they can do us no hurt. 'Tis through Christ that in these things, the providences that are concerning us, we are conquerors, nay, more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37), not only no losers but great gainers. Providences not only not hurt us but do us good, not only not keep us out of heaven but help us forward in our way to heaven. This is owing to Christ's victory. By faith in that we overcome the world (1 John 5:4). Christ's victory [is] made ours. Not only [are we] delivered out of Egypt, but enriched with the spoil. The world [is] not only our inn, but our ship to help forward our motion. 'Moab to the spoil' (2 Kings 3:23).

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