ECWA FOOD FOR THE DAY - Wednesday 20th July, 2022


From today's reading, we are assured of the greatest change that will occur at the resurrection to all believers - dead (asleep) or alive. But unbelievers, dead or alive, have no part in the first resurrection until their own time appointed by God comes. It is a mystery that will command the utmost attention of all creation (vs. 51-55).

"For the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, with the trumpets of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air ..." (1Thess. 4:16, 17).

Death will become powerless at that time because the Lord Jesus will have given us victory over it. "So, when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? ... the sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law" (vs. 54-56). It will then be clear that death is not the conqueror, but a punishment for man's sins.

God will give a new life that comes after death to those who have faith in Jesus (vs. 57). In the light of the great events of the resurrection and the assurance of being with Christ, Paul admonished the Corinthian church to "be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (vs. 58).


Are you ready to partake in the great change at the resurrection of the saints?


Give me the grace, dear Lord, to be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of righteousness, in Jesus' name, Amen.