20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:20–28)
In this passage, we find a description of God’s resurrection program. What do I mean by a program? I mean that there are a series of things that have happened and that will happen.
Maybe you have gone to a play before, perhaps a school one. What did you receive at the door? A program. The program told you the order of events in the play—Act I, Act II, Act III and so on.
That’s what this passage is for God’s resurrection program. The resurrection is not just limited to that Sunday morning two thousand years ago. That wasn’t even Act I. The program of the resurrection began with Adam and the Fall of man in the Garden.
The program continues until the day that all enemies of God are defeated and the eternal state begins—that will be the final act.
What we will see in this description of God’s resurrection program is:
1) the need of the resurrection;
2) the order of the resurrection; and
3) the completion of the resurrection.