Paul waits until the end of the letter to address the most significant doctrinal issue in Corinth. “Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”(1 Cor 15:12). Some in Corinth “say that there is no resurrection of the dead.” Though they are probably asserting that there is no future resurrection that we await, Paul urges them to think through what they are saying. If there is no resurrection, then what about Jesus’ resurrection?
Think it through even further. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins”(1 Cor 15:17). The great victory we have over sin is based on a living savior. “Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished”(1 Cor 15:18). What hope do our brothers and sisters who are not currently physically alive have? “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied”(1 Cor 15:19). If our hope does not continue despite our deaths, then we are the object of pity, not blessing.
Paul includes a resounding defense of the resurrection in this section (1 Cor 15:20-28, 50-58), insisting that our actions matter because we will be raised. Yet one of the most important teachings of this text is that we need to be able to think through the logical consequences of the truths we assert. Some things sound true, but they must be considered from every angle. Very often error springs from a wrong premise that is only revealed when taken to an extreme. Think it through!
------------- One Thing to Think About: Do I ever make rash statements without fully thinking through them?
One Thing to Pray For: Discernment and understanding to fully grasp God’s truth
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