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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 7 | Defending the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12~19)         Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.
19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

 

 

Reflection

Clarifying Confusion (15:12–13)

A false doctrine has infiltrated the Corinthian church, most likely influenced by a pagan belief that the physical body is evil and distinct from the spirit. This belief had corrupted the Corinthians’ attitude toward sexual relationships, an issue Paul has already addressed. He now turns to how these false beliefs have affected their understanding of the resurrection. Some members of the church are saying that there will be no resurrection of the dead, not realizing the implications this has on one of the core tenets of their faith: the resurrection of Christ. Just like these Corinthian believers, we are often oblivious to the extent that worldly messages and values can influence our faith. We would be wise to test everything we hear against God’s Word, the ultimate standard of truth. 

 

What are some dominant worldly philosophies that conflict with the Word of God? How can you protect yourself from the influence of such false beliefs?

 

No Resurrection, No Redemption (15:14–19)

Paul explains in no uncertain terms that denying the resurrection of our bodies is fatal to the Gospel message. If we say that there is no resurrection of the dead, we cannot preach that Christ has risen, and our faith is thus rendered useless. If Jesus is still in the grave, it means that there is no victory over sin and that we are still under its curse. The Corinthians seem to be satisfied with the benefits that believing in Jesus brings them in this life, and do not seem to realize that all of this is worthless if we have nothing to look forward to after we die. Everything we enjoy because of Jesus is secondary to the greatest blessing He has given us through His resurrection: eternal life in His everlasting kingdom. 

 

Have you ever valued the benefits of Christian life more than the gift of eternal life? Meditate on Christ’s death and resurrection today and ask God for a greater appreciation of the Gospel.

 

A letter to God 

Lord, protect my heart from the deceptive messages of this world that threaten to corrupt Your truth. Thank you for the glorious resurrection, through which You have given me the gift of new life. Help me to live in light of the eternity You have set before me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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