If Death Has Been Conquered By Christ, Why Do Christians Die?

By Faith, Not By SIght “To be sure, in dying for them, Christ has fully borne and so secured the removal of the punishment that their sins justly deserve (e.g. Rom. 3:25-26). Nothing Paul says even remotely suggests anything else. But for them, death, as the just punishment for sin, has not yet been removed so far as the body is concerned. For Paul, however certain death’s eventual removal for believers, to the extent that death remains and to the degree that it is operative, the effects of punishment for sin and the curse on it continue. In that respect, death, as punishment and curse for sin, is not yet removed. The culminating note of exhortation on which the chapter ends (vv.57-58 [1 Cor. 15:57-58]) is consonant with this conclusion. Paul assures Christians, “Your labors are not in vain in the Lord,” and that is true because of “God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” But, in light of the immediately preceding verses (note the references to victory in vv. 54-55 [1 Cor. 15:54-55], for them that death-destroying victory, while secured and certain, is still future.” Richard Gaffin, By Faith, Not By Sight, pg. 103.

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