Pg. 1936 The Nelson Study Bible – 1 Corinthians Chapter 15
The resurrection of Christ was proclaimed eagerly by the early church. This miracle was considered an essential part of the gospel message. Surely Christ had died, but more importantly, He had been raised by God the Father (Acts 13:30). More than just a suffering Savior, Jesus is our living Lord.
Christ’s resurrection was prophesied in the Old Testament Scriptures (Ps. 16:10; 1 Cor. 15:4)
The risen Christ appeared to more than five hundred witnesses, including Paul. (1 Cor. 15:5-8)
If Jesus did not rise from the dead, the gospel message is pointless, empty, and dishonest. Jesus Christ would not be alive, interceding for us, and we would not be able to place our hope in a glorious future with Him. The resurrection is central to the gospel. (1 Cor. 15:14, 15).
According to Paul, “if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (15:17; see Rom. 4:25). Christ’s resurrection, not merely His death on the cross, secured our justification. His resurrection was a sign of God’s approval of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. In short, no Resurrection equals no forgiveness of sin (1 Cor. 15:17-19).
The resurrection of Christ was designed to reveal what lies ahead for those who put their trust in Jesus (1 Cor. 15:20-57). Paul called Christ “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). This Old Testament image (see Ex. 23:16-19) means that Christ serves as both an example and a guarantee of what we can expect. Because He has conquered death (1 Cor. 15:26, 54-57), we need not fear death. Because He now enjoys a glorified body, we also can expect to inherit a “spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:44-46) after this mortal one wears out. (1 Cor. 15:20-26)
Our dead, physical body will one day be resurrected (1 Cor. 15:42). We will once again be material and immaterial beings, our soul being reunited with our resurrected body. (1 Cor. 15: 46, 44)
The power behind this marvelous, yet mysterious, event is Jesus, the self-declared “resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). 1 Cor. 15:45)
Our physical body will be altered and changed to prepare us for the like to come. If Jesus is the prototype, we will still be recognizable, but our new body will be capable of supernatural activities (see Luke 24:31, 36, 51; 1 Cor. 15:51-54)
Our resurrection will take place when Jesus returns in the clouds (see 1 Thes. 4:13-18). 1 Cor. 15:53)
What have we learned from this?
We have learned the following:
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ was a miracle and was an essential part of the gospel message.
- Christ died, but more importantly, He has been raised again and He is our living Lord.
- Christ’s resurrection was prophesied in the Old Testament.
- Had Jesus not risen, our gospel would be pointless.
- According to Paul if Christ had not risen our faith is futile and we would still be living in the burden of our sins.
- Christ’s resurrection not merely His death on the cross secured our (each believer’s) justification. In short, no resurrection – no forgiveness of sin.
- Our dead physical body can now rest in peace and our soul can be resurrected with our new spiritual body when we die or Jesus comes in the clouds for the church.
- The power behind this event is Jesus.
- Our physical body will be altered and changed to prepare us for the supernatural body to come, so we can live in peace with our Lord.
- If Jesus is the prototype, then we will still be recognizable, but our new body will be capable of supernatural activities.
- Then those we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together to join those who were dead in Christ in the clouds and to meet the Lord in the air. Our resurrection will come sometime after Jesus returns in the clouds to get every believer and not to lose even one but most likely after he has gathered all the dead in Christ. (Note: this is not the second coming of the Lord, this is just before the Tribulation).
Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about the “Facts of the Resurrection.” I praise You for Your love, Your graciousness, and Your invitation to all men to become a child of Yours. Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth and understanding.
May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights for eternity. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,