(ii) The Resurrection of the dead (15:12-34)

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This section falls into three clear paragraphs, each of which has an important point in showing that there is a FUTURE RESURRECTION OF BELIEVERS. Look at each of the sections to find out what is the MAIN POINT of each and answer the various questions....

SECTION ONE: Verses 12-19...

 

12Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.

14And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

15Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up-- if in fact the dead do not rise.

16For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.

17And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

18Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

Having read this section, what do you see as being the MAIN POINT ?

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From verse 14 we see that two things are in vain if there is no resurrection of believers. What are those two things ? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT.

Paul concludes this section by saying that their belief made Christ's life only relevant whilst they still lived. Those who died have perished according to their belief, this makes they utterly pitiable (and they were thinking they were smart!!).

SECTION TWO: Verses 20-28...

20But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

21For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

23But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

24Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

25For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.

26The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

27For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

28Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

Having read this section, what do you see as being the MAIN POINT ?

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Christ is the 'first installment' - the firstfruits of the harvest was the best of much more to come. Paul states that Jesus' resurrection ensures the future resurrection of believers. This will be at Jesus' second coming when all enemies have been put under His feet and death will be destroyed (at least for believers as they will have incorruptible bodies).

SECTION THREE: Verses 29-34...

29Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?

30And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?

31I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

32If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"

33Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."

34Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

Having read this section, what do you see as being the MAIN POINT ?

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"Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" was the secular motto in Corinth that has infected the Church. Paul reveals the hopelessness of their belief in no bodily resurrection. They have been deceived because of keeping wrong company (probably referring to the man in the incestuous relationship they were told not to fellowship with).

Can you think of similar beliefs today that can infect the Church and what is the solution ?

Let us go onto the last part of Chapter 15, (iii) The Resurrection Body.


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