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What We Do Now Matters Because of the Continuity of This Life with the Next (1 Corinthians 15:58)



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What We Do Now Matters Because of the Continuity of This Life with the Next (1 Corinthians 15:58)


1 Cor. 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

The point of this:



  • “What you do in the present body matters. What you do in the present body is in continuity with who you are going to be in the future body.”

  • “. . . the resurrection, precisely because it will possess continuity as well as discontinuity with the present life, and will therefore be the reaffirmation of the present, this worldly existence, gives not only hope for the future but a sense of purpose and meaning to the present.” [1]

  • Paul further discusses the meaning of the transformation of the present body in:

    • End of Philippians Chap 3,

    • Beginning of 2 Corinthians Chapter 5




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