Bible Fundamentals (Formally The Word of the Week) by Justin Breeden on The Significance of the Resurrection of Christ.
For I delivered to you as of initially significance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared…
1 Corinthians 15:three-five NASB
Initial Corinthians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church of Corinth about the year 56 A.D. The letter was written in order to address quite a few of the troubles that had been facing the church at this time. In chapter 15 Paul particularly addresses the concern of the resurrection of the dead. Why? Mainly because quite a few inside the church had been denying the bodily resurrection of the dead.
The Holman Christian Common Study Bible states, “This chapter represents the most complete discussion of the resurrection in the complete Bible.” If you want to know what the Bible teaches about the resurrection of the dead, this chapter is an important study.
Paul starts by laying out for his readers the simple components of the gospel:
- Christ died for our sins as foretold in the Old Testament (v.three)
- Christ was buried (v.four)
- Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead as foretold (v.four)
- The resurrected Christ appeared to several witnesses (vv. five-eight)
Fundamental tenets of the gospel
Notice that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is one particular of the simple tenets of the gospel message. This suggests that if there is no resurrection of the dead then Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead and if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead then there is no gospel message and if there is no gospel message then consequently there is no salvation!
Paul also reminds the Corinthian doubters that there had been quite a few persons who witnessed Jesus risen from the dead:
- Cephas (v.five) – Cephas is the Aramaic name of Peter.
- The Twelve (v.five) – “The twelve” was a collective title for the twelve disciples. Though Judas was dead and some had been scattered at this time the title nonetheless remained.
- 5 hundred brethren (v.six) – Paul states that there had been more than 500 believers that had observed the resurrected Christ at one particular time. An essential point to note is that at the time of Paul’s writing most of them had been nonetheless alive – as a result if Paul was lying they would have surely come forward and named him on it.
- James (v.7) – James is the half-brother of Jesus. James is an essential witness for the reason that prior to seeing the resurrected Christ he was a non-believer.
- All the apostles (v.7) – Paul also states that there had been additional apostles than just the 11 remaining disciples who also saw the resurrected Christ.
- Paul (v.eight) – Paul refers to his encounter with the risen Christ when on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9).
In spite of such proof, some may perhaps have objected that Paul was preaching a distinctive message than the other apostles. In verse 11, Paul writes, “Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”
It is clear that Paul desires his readers to comprehend the serious consequences of denying the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead:
- The apostles preaching was vain (v.14)
- The Christian’s faith is vain (v.14)
- The apostles had been liars (v.15)
- The Christian is nonetheless condemned by his sins (v.17)
- These who had died believing in Christ had been now in Hell (v.18)
- Christians are to be pitied most of all guys (v.19)
Thank God that in verse 20 the apostle declares such pondering as foolishness for the reason that, “Christ has been raised from the dead…” In the remainder of the chapter Paul goes on to clarify the victorious final results of the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead – namely that these who are united with Him will rise unto life eternal.(See The Foolishness of the Cross)
Are you united with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection? If not, you will have to repent and think the gospel! Invest some time this week reading 1st Corinthians chapter 15 and study what the Bible teaches concerning the bodily resurrection from the dead.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives right now!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives: He lives inside my heart.
Alfred H. Ackley, 1887-1960
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Initial published March 24, 2016. Final updated or republished April eight, 2019.