Weekly Bible Teaching

The Final Resurrections
By Rev. John Cortright on 04/07/2013


1 Corinthians 15:1-4
The Scriptures revealed the truth about the Messiah − that he would die for sins, he would be buried, and he would be raised from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:5-11

Over 500 eyewitnesses saw the resurrected Christ, and this truth was preached.

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Apparently, some were saying that there is no resurrection of the dead. If there is no resurrection and if Christ is not raised from the dead, our faith is vain, and we have a false hope.

1 Corinthians 15:20

However, Christ has been raised from the dead and has become the “first fruits” of those who sleep.
He is the firstborn from the dead. He’s the first; others will follow (Rom 8:11, 29; Col 1:18; Rev 1:5).

1 Corinthians 15:21-22

In Adam, all died. In Christ, all will be made alive. Everyone will be raised from the dead, either in the resurrection of the just or in the resurrection of the unjust.

1 Corinthians 15:23-28

There is an order. Christ was the first to rise from the dead, but others would follow. This was also written in the Scriptures. It was the hope of Israel, and it is our hope today − that there will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust (Eze 37:11-14; Dan 12:1-2; Acts 24:14-15).

Jesus spoke of this future resurrection.
John 5:24-29

The book of Revelation provides the order of these future resurrections.
Revelation 20:1ff

Order of Resurrections:
• Christ the first fruits – Raised from the dead, ascended to right hand of God
• Resurrection of the just – Christ reigns on earth a 1,000 years
• Resurrection of the unjust – Satan, death, and wicked are thrown into lake of fire

1 Peter 1:3-5 – We have a living hope, reserved in heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 – We should be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

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