The Resurrection People

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on June 24, 2012
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1 Corinthians 15.1-2: gospel basics
• believing the gospel results in salvation
• must hold fast or else belief was in vain

15.3-8 resurrection creed
• short statement of faith about Jesus’ resurrection appearances
• Paul got this creed between 5 and 7 years from Jesus’ resurrection

15.9-11 Paul added on
• Pauls’ resurrection appearance was post-ascension
• message matters not messenger

15.12 Some Say No Resurrection?
• resurrection was very unusual in the first century world
• some in Corinth rejected the idea of resurrection

15.13-19 Argument for Resurrection
• general resurrection is linked to Christ’s resurrection
• if resurrection doesn’t exist then Christ is not raised
• if Christ is not raised then our preaching is vain, your faith is vain, we are false witnesses, your faith is worthless, you are still in your sins, the dead are gone for good, we are of all people the most miserable

15.20-28 The Hope
• Christ is the first then the rest are raised at his coming
• timeline
  1. Christ returns
  2. resurrection
  3. Christ reigns until all enemies are defeated
  4. death defeated (last enemy)
  5. Son subjects himself to God

15.29-34 Back to the Argument
• more reasons why resurrection is necessary
  o why else are they baptized for the dead?
  o why be in danger?
  o why suffer?
  o why not just eat and drink, for tomorrow we die?
• sober up; stop sinning

15.35-58 Overcoming the Objection, “But why would I want my perishable, mortal body forever?”
• Q: “how are the dead raised?”
• Q: “with what kind of body do they come?”
• seed analogy explains that the resurrection body is continuous with but not identical to the current body
• our perishable bodies are “planted” in the ground, but raised imperishable, planted in dishonor, but raised in glory, planted in weakness, but raised in power, planted a “soulish” body, but raised a spiritual body
• resurrection/transformation will happen fast, at the last trumpet
• v58 gives us the reason for the whole chapter
  o steadfast, immovable, abounding in Lord’s work…knowing that your labor/toil is not for nothing because resurrection will happen and this present life is not all there is
  o resurrection means what we do in this life, in this body matters

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