Mystery and Victory
But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot [become partakers of eternal salvation and] inherit or share in the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (that which is decaying) inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal).
Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of the Almighty Creator). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed)
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in the Messiah] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).
For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death).
And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished N1forever) in and unto victory. [Isa 25:8]
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? [Hos 13:14]
Now sin is the sting of death, and sin exercises its power N1[upon the soul] through [the abuse of] the Law.
But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Master the Messiah.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Master], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Master is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].