In this “but now” of Paul’s, we learn that Christ’s work on the cross put the final nail in the coffin for death. The glorious truth of what was accomplished at Calvary is being illuminated by the gospel given to Paul by Christ.
This knowledge that was kept hidden is being revealed directly to the Apostle Paul by Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Our freedom from sin is at hand. 2Tim. 1:10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, Through Christ’s finished work at Calvary, He is officially represented as our Savior. We are saved by His work on the cross in our behalf.
What did he accomplish at Calvary? He abolished death! Romans 5:21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Up until this time we were under the sentence of death, helpless to avoid its consequences. Death was a direct result of sin. But now Christ has conquered death by His death and resurrection. The outcome of this is eternal life.
Christ’s crucifixion was the only solution to death’s grip on us and Calvary is God’s greatest achievement. The only person capable of accomplishing this was Christ. Without His death, burial and resurrection, mankind would never be able to escape the yoke of death. Thankfully, before the foundation of the world, God in His wisdom had a divine plan to save us, which he had kept hidden but now He is making it known
He is making this known through the light of the good news (gospel) that he revealed to the Apostle Paul, that we are saved by God’s grace (His unmerited favor). It has nothing to do with our works but solely on God’s. Eph. 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Even though, we may not escape physical death, Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is our guarantee that death will be destroyed and has no power over us. (1 for 15:20-28) We are ensured eternal life through Christ, so we do not need to fear death and can be comforted by His promises and can sing
1 cor 15:55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
God conquered death so you may have eternal life. Trust in Christ’s finished work and trust that Christ died on the cross for your sins, He was buried and rose again. Do this and you too can sing “O Death, where is your sting?”
2Tim. 1:8-12 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.