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08

Paul Concerning the Resurrection.

     As I begin to think about the true meaning behind Easter, my mind quickly reverts back to the resurrection accounts that are found in the gospels. Every year, it seems like we go through the motions of the biblical account of the resurrection and maybe do not take into consideration exactly the impact that the resurrection of Jesus has on everyone’s life. Looking back into the book of 1 Corinthians, I reminded by Paul about just how crucial the resurrection of Jesus is to our everyday Christian walk with the Lord. I would love to take a some-what in depth look at what the resurrection of Jesus really means for us as humans and how it is an answer for the escape from an eternal separation from the love and mercy of God.

     Now 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? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also in vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.    1 Corinthians 15: 12-19 (NASB).

     As you can read from the passage, this resurrection of Jesus is a huge deal to Paul and is also a huge deal to Christianity as a whole. The physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead is a fundamental doctrine that must be held to as a believer in Christ, and the whole point of Paul’s message is that if the physical resurrection of Jesus did not happen, then Christianity has no ground to stand on. That is why that the issue of the resurrection is so important, and why we as Christians need to understand why we celebrate this day.

     As you can see in verse 12 of this passage, Paul brings up the specific topic of Jesus’ resurrection being preached as a core doctrin of the church, he asks the question why there is some who talk about there being no resurrection. From the first letter to the Corinthian church, we know that there was major corruption within that area, and it was issues like in this passage that Paul was writing to clear up. By Paul mentioning that the resurrection was being viewed in a wrong way, he answers this problem by writing the next few verses.

     Paul goes on to say that if in fact there is not resurrection, then Christ was not raised either. This is huge! If Christ has not been raised, then the gospel we preach is completely corrupt and without meaning. Not only corrupt preaching, but we would also be false witnesses of God and be sharing something that would not be worth believing. Then Paul goes on to mention for a second time that if the dead are not raised, then Christ is not either. By repeating this a second time, Paul shows that it is very important that we understand this false idea of no resurrection. Finally, as we end with the last three verses of this passage, Paul comes out and says that our faith is worthless, and that we are still in our sins if the resurrection never happened. That is a big deal as well, now we would be in the position of finding another “acceptable” answer to our sin. We also see that it would be hopeless for the people who have died in Christ to be in glory with God because they died believing in Christ. Then in the last verse of this passage, we see that if we believed in a resurrection that did not happen, we are people who should be most pitied because we have believed in vain.

     What I do like about this passage is that Paul lays his faith on the line. He flat out says that if the resurrection did not happen, then we are believing in vain. As Christians, we should consider this and meditate on this topic that Paul is talking about.  We as believers in the resurrection should have as much faith as Paul does in saying this. We know for certain that Christ has died for our sins and resurrected from the dead to accomplish the work for us. That is the beauty of the gospel! I would encourage any reader to re-think your conception on Easter and know how important it is. If you are an unbeliever, consider the strong words from Paul. He challenges you unbelievers as well to make a choice about whither the resurrection is real. If it is, then we are to be held accountable before an almighty God.

     As an ending to this blog, I would just like to say thanks to Jesus Christ for dieing for our sins and once and for all paving the way to heaven for us. I love you so much and I am forever in your debt Lord Jesus. The resurrection is an amazing thing to comprehend!

    

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1 Response to “Paul Concerning the Resurrection.”


  1. March 27, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    nice, preaching to the choir, but nice.


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