1 Corinthians Chapter 15
If the Dead in Christ are not Raised
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, Verses 16-26
Just as the trees appear to be dead in the winter, so did the Lord Jesus appear to be after He had been crucified. But just like the trees in the springtime, He came back to life. He wasn’t dead; He was just sleeping. Just like when we die, our bodies will be sleeping, waiting for the resurrection. We are going to sleep in death, but we are going to be resurrected, just as Paul has promised in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15.
Paul goes on, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, to talk about the resurrection body. This is part of a letter to the church at Corinth from Paul in which he addresses some serious issues and errors in the young, floundering church. It appears that perhaps some of the congregation was challenging the doctrine of the resurrection, or perhaps some outsiders were causing doubt.
Paul is basically setting the record straight by saying to the Corinthians, “if you believe there is no resurrection, then everything else is a lie and we are all lost.” 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 has comforted, encouraged, and strengthened many believers since Paul first wrote that letter to set the record straight. The Word of God is amazing. It can minister to everyone at all times, and centuries-old wisdom is fresh and new every time it is read or spoken.
To soothe those who mourn, to encourage those who fear, and to bring hope to the hopeless. In 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 Paul assures us all that someday death will be defeated, and the dead in Christ will rise, and there will be no more separation from God or from each other. Someday He will set all things right.
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