by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 18, 2004
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I Corinthians 15:1 Three major topics are handled in this chapter:
I. The resurrection of Jesus
II.The resurrection of the just
III.The change of those alive when Christ comes

Verse 2 Keep in memory: "Hold fast the word which I preached to you...."

Verse 3 According to the Scriptures - Psalms 22; Isaiah 53; Zechariah 13:7

Verse 4 According to the Scriptures - Jonah

Verse 8 Other post-resurrection appearances are recorded in the Gospels.

Verse 20 Firstfruits No one was resurrected before but others will be after him. Others were raised from the dead, but only Jesus never died again. Acts 2:25-34 David has not ascended into heaven.

Colossians 1:18 Firstborn Jesus is a prototype for all those who will be resurrected in the resurrection of the just.

I Corinthians 15:6,18,20,51; I Thessalonians 4:13 Sleep is a natural suspension of activity, consciousness, and sensation. Death is also a temporary state until resurrection. Psalms 6:5; 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:10

I Corinthians 15:23 The resurrection of the just Acts 24:15; Luke 14:14, 20:36; Revelations 20:5 and 6; Hebrews 11:35; Daniel 12:2; John 5:29 The resurrection of the unjust Acts 24:15; John 5:29; Daniel 12:2; Revelations 20:5

I Corinthians 15:28 Rushes right to the end without elaborating because the chapter's discussion is the resurrection.

Verse 33 The wrong understanding about the resurrections will ill-effect our behavior.

Verse 38 Agriculture provides a simple illustration.

Verse 41 Second illustration regarding celestial (existing in heaven) and terrestrial (existing upon the earth).

Verses 42-44 Corruption - incorruption
Dishonor - glory
Weakness - power
Natural body - spiritual body

Verse 57 Since we are certain Christ has been resurrected, we can also be certain that he was the firstfruits.

Revelations 20:1-15 More specific information.

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