Text: 1 Corinthians 15
Some in the Corinthian church were debating whether there was a resurrection and whether or not the Lord Jesus Christ even resurrected from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:12). So Paul deals with the resurrection in this chapter.
Gospel was in the scriptures (vss 1-4)
- The past testified of the death, burial, and resurrection.
Gospel preached by eyewitnesses (vss 5-11)
- Apostles are witnesses and preachers.
- Whoever preached it, you believed in the death, burial, and resurrection (vs 11).
Without the resurrection, your religion is vain (vss 12-19)
- Cancerous teaching of no resurrection – morals without resurrection of Christ is vain.
- Most miserable (vss 17-19).
Resurrection is victory over death (vss 20-28)
- Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Faith in the resurrection is the victory over this vile body (vss 29-34)
Symbols of the resurrection (vss 35-38)
Resurrection bodies (vss 39-49)
Power of the resurrection (vss 50-58)
- It satisfies the need (vss 50-53)
- It defeats death and the grave (vss 54-57)
- It sets things in the right perspective and renders the flesh helpless against a spiritual look towards the resurrection (vs 58)