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11/3 1 Corinthians 15-16

Paul starts off Chapter 15 with some important evidence about the resurrection of Jesus.  He briefly lists the why and the what and then the who.  It is quite a listing of witnesses.  It wonder if at this point some of the Corinthians had been questioning the truth around the resurrection.  Well Paul gives them the list in which probably many of those witnesses were still alive.  He also includes himself last.

3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

Yep, I guess that was it.  Some were saying that there is no resurrection.  Paul goes on to explain the futility of their thinking.  I can imagine his voice raising louder and louder as he explains to them that without the resurrection there is no Christianity.

12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

Paul lists several items that are a result of not believing:

  1. Our preaching is useless
  2. Our faith is useless
  3. We are false witnesses
  4. Our faith is also futile
  5. We are still in our sins.  Dead.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want any of those five things attributed to me and my faith, especially the last one.


November 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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