The final lesson from my series on 1 Corinthians 15 focuses our attention of the type of bodies that Christians will have in the resurrection and the death of death. J. Gresham Machen wrote: “Christ died”–that is history; “Christ died for our sins”–that is doctrine Without these two elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity.”
This chapter has focused our attention upon the true biblical gospel, and the implications that Christ’s resurrection has for those who are in union with Christ by faith. But, there is one great enemy circling everyone of us, and that is death. How does the world respond to death? Denial, panic, shock, attempts to live longer and cheat death, and yet death is coming for all of us. How does the apostle Paul respond to death? Paul’s heart and lips proclaim Christ with all his might. He does not treat Christ as an incidental part of his message, no Christ is the heart of the message of Paul. As we saw earlier in my messages on 1 Corinthians ultimately Paul’s preaching was not just about grace, but in preaching grace he preached Christ.
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
(1Cor 1:22-24 NAS)
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. (1Cor 2:2 NAS)
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1Cor 3:11 NAS)
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, (1Cor 15:3 NAS)
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. (1Cor 15:20-22 NAS)
“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Cor 15:55-57 NAS)