The Gospel and the resurrection of Christ

1cor15_3-4We are continuing our study of 1 Corinthians by jumping to chapter 15 where the apostle, Paul, describes and defends the Gospel he preached and confronts the error of some of the Corinthian believers.  The key verse is 12, where Paul says:

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? (1Cor 15:12 NAS)

The Corinthian church  was the influenced of Greek Philosophy.  The Greeks had a proverb, “The body is a tomb.” and “I am a poor soul shackled to a corpse.”  The key to immortality was in freeing the soul from the prison of the body.

Paul was insistent upon was that if a man denied the resurrection of the body he thereby denied the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and therefore emptied the Christian message of its truth.  By denying the Resurrection, the Corinthians were following neither Paul, Apollos, Cephas, nor Christ. They were pursuing a theology of their own.

My lesson from 1 Corinthians 15:1-19.

C. K. Barrett summarizes the gospel this way: “Christ died, but he is not now dead. He was buried, but he is not now in the grave. He was raised, and he is now alive.”

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