“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v20). Paul insisted that Jesus’ bodily resurrection was essential for our salvation. If Christ hasn’t been raised, then death is still victorious, and “you are still in your sins” (v17). But Jesus conquered both sin and its consequence, death, and he shares his victory with us. Therefore, Paul said, we will truly live again. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (v22). One day, we “shall all be changed” (v51).
Our faith and our participation in the “work of the Lord” is not in vain (v58), because His kingdom is eternal.