Paul Discussed the Resurrection Based on Christ’s Resurrection
In the fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul furnished the most logical and sublime argument for the resurrection of the dead. Here are given both the fact of the resurrection of Christ and a summary of the evidence or proof by which that doctrine was supported. Some at Corinth denied the resurrection of the dead. But Paul insisted on the resurrection of Christ and the truth of the resurrection of all mankind.
There are two main divisions of this resurrection chapter:
(1) the certainty of the resurrection (VV. 1-34), and
(2) the nature of the resurrection (vv. 35-54).
The first part answers the question of verse 12; “how do some among you* say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” The second answers the questions of verse 35; “How are the dead raised up? And with what manner of body do they come?”
In first part of the chapter (vv.1-11), the apostle answered their first question: Is there really to be a resurrection from the dead? (cf.v.12) This he did from the basic truth of Christianity--- namely, the resurrection of the Savior from the dead. This had been set forth when he preached the gospel unto them. In this message he declared, “and that he was buried, and that he has been raised up on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (v. 4)
The resurrection of all men and the whole structure of Christianity are based upon Christ’s resurrection. In verses 13-19, the Apostle showed that to deny the resurrection is to deny the en9re scheme of redemption, for if there were no resurrection, then Christ did not rise and there is no hope of redemption. On the fact of Christ’s resurrection rests man’s assurance of being raised from the dead. If the dead raised Him, He will also raise all from the dead. If Christ has not been raised from the dead, the apostles are false witnesses, their preaching is vain, man’s faith is vain, people are yet in their sins, and those who have fallen asleep have perished. A denial of the resurrection strikes at the very root of the Christian religion.
However, in verses 20-28, Paul asserted emphatically that Christ had risen. “But now Christ has been raised up from the dead,” Jesus conquered death. In verses 29-34, Paul showed that to obey Christ and to sacrifice for His church would be nothing short of foolishness if there is no resurrection.
Everyone, therefore, who believes that Christ was raised from the dead should believe that all who sleep in the dust of earth will likewise be raised; and, conversely, everyone who denies the certainty of the resurrection must, if consistent, deny the resurrection of Christ.
The Scriptures supply evidence of the certainty of Christ’s resurrection. A[er His death, Jesus showed Himself alive to His apostles by many proofs (Acts 1:2-3). Indeed, there is no other fact in history sustained by such an array of evidence as the miraculous resurrection of Christ. As a fact in history, this fundamental tenet of Christianity is attested by evidence more certain than can be produced in favor of any accepted facts ancient or modern.
Christ was seen alive by trustworthy witnesses. Man’s faith therefore, in life in the herea[er is based upon that glorious event. Reason may lead to one to hope, but revela9on produces faith (Romans 10:17). Christ’s resurrection demonstrates His deity and the existence of life beyond the grace, proving His claim to be the Son of God (Romans 1:3-4). Christ’s resurrection is the guarantee.
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– Kevin J.