1 Corinthians 15-16

Do you hope in the resurrection?

We all know Jesus is central to the gospel. The facts surrounding Jesus’ life, death on the cross for our sin, and burial are all vital. Yet, the most important fact is the truth of the resurrection. Paul emphasizes this in 1 Corinthians 15, showing that without the resurrection our faith is useless.

Paul begins the chapter with a list of names. The names are all those who witnessed the resurrected Christ, including 500 people at one time, many of whom were still alive. So, if the Corinthians wanted to fact check Paul there were many who could testify to his words.

Now, how important is the resurrection to our faith? Paul gives us a few ways. First, if we don’t believe in a resurrection, when not even Christ is raised from the dead. Second, if that’s the case, we are making false claims about God. Third, if Christ isn’t raised, everyone is still condemned by their sin and have no hope of heaven. Finally, if there is no resurrection, Christians are foolish for living such pious lives, instead of living life to the fullest doing whatever we desire.

But Christ did rise from the grave & the Father accepted his sacrifice. Therefore, the gospel does matter. It plays an important role in how we live in this life and the life to come. Knowing this, there should be an urgency to our evangelism. Without Christ men & women are dead in their sins, but they can have forgiveness. So, preach the gospel!

How does the truth of the resurrection encourage you? Does it bring you hope? Does it fuel your evangelism?

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