1 Corinthians Chapter 15
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The apostle proves the resurrection of Christ from the dead. (1-11) Those answered who deny the resurrection of the body. (12-19) The resurrection of believers to eternal life. (20-34) Objections against it answered. (35-50) The mystery of the change that will be made on those living at Christ's second coming. (51-54) The believer's triumph over death and the grave, An exhortation to diligence. (55-58)1-11 The word resurrection, usually points out our existence beyond the grave. Of the apostle's doctrine not a trace can be found in all the teaching of philosophers. The doctrine of Christ's death and resurrection, is the foundation of Christianity. Remove this, and all our hopes for eternity sink at once. And it is by holding this truth firm, that Christians stand in the day of trial, and are kept faithful to God. We believe in vain, unless we keep in the faith of the gospel. This truth is confirmed by Old Testament prophecies; and many saw Christ after he was risen. This apostle was highly favoured, but he always had a low opinion of himself, and expressed it. When sinners are, by Divine grace, turned into saints, God causes the remembrance of former sins to make them humble, diligent, and faithful. He ascribes to Divine grace all that was valuable in him. True believers, though not ignorant of what the Lord has done for, in, and by them, yet when they look at their whole conduct and their obligations, they are led to feel that none are so worthless as they are. All true Christians believe that Jesus Christ, and him crucified, and then risen from the dead, is the sun and substance of Christianity. All the apostles agreed in this testimony; by this faith they lived, and in this faith they died.
12-19 Having shown that Christ was risen, the apostle answers those who said there would be no resurrection. There had been no justification, or salvation, if Christ had not risen. And must not faith in Christ be vain, and of no use, if he is still among the dead? The proof of the resurrection of the body is the resurrection of our Lord. Even those who died in the faith, had perished in their sins, if Christ had not risen. All who believe in Christ, have hope in him, as a Redeemer; hope for redemption and salvation by him; but if there is no resurrection, or future recompence, their hope in him can only be as to this life. And they must be in a worse condition than the rest of mankind, especially at the time, and under the circumstances, in which the apostles wrote; for then Christians were hated and persecuted by all men. But it is not so; they, of all men, enjoy solid comforts amidst all their difficulties and trials, even in the times of the sharpest persecution.
20-34 All that are by faith united to Christ, are by his resurrection assured of their own. As through the sin of the first Adam, all men became mortal, because all had from him the same sinful nature, so, through the resurrection of Christ, shall all who are made to partake of the Spirit, and the spiritual nature, revive, and live for ever. There will be an order in the resurrection. Christ himself has been the first-fruits; at his coming, his redeemed people will be raised before others; at the last the wicked will rise also. Then will be the end of this present state of things. Would we triumph in that solemn and important season, we must now submit to his rule, accept his salvation, and live to his glory. Then shall we rejoice in the completion of his undertaking, that God may receive the whole glory of our salvation, that we may for ever serve him, and enjoy his favour. What shall those do, who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Perhaps baptism is used here in a figure, for afflictions, sufferings, and martyrdom, as #Mt 20:22,23|. What is, or will become of those who have suffered many and great injuries, and have even lost their lives, for this doctrine of the resurrection, if the dead rise not at all? Whatever the meaning may be, doubtless the apostle's argument was understood by the Corinthians. And it is as plain to us that Christianity would be a foolish profession, if it proposed advantage to themselves by their faithfulness to God; and to have our fruit to holiness, that our end may be everlasting life. But we must not live like beasts, as we do not die like them. It must be ignorance of God that leads any to disbelieve the resurrection and future life. Those who own a God and a providence, and observe how unequal things are in the present life, how frequently the best men fare worst, cannot doubt as to an after-state, where every thing will be set to rights. Let us not be joined with ungodly men; but warn all around us, especially children and young persons, to shun them as a pestilence. Let us awake to righteousness, and not sin.
35-50 1. How are the dead raised up? that is, by what means? How can they be raised? 2. As to the bodies which shall rise. Will it be with the like shape, and form, and stature, and members, and qualities? The former objection is that of those who opposed the doctrine, the latter of curious doubters. To the first the answer is, This was to be brought about by Divine power; that power which all may see does somewhat like it, year after year, in the death and revival of the corn. It is foolish to question the Almighty power of God to raise the dead, when we see it every day quickening and reviving things that are dead. To the second inquiry; The grain undergoes a great change; and so will the dead, when they rise and live again. The seed dies, though a part of it springs into new life, though how it is we cannot fully understand. The works of creation and providence daily teach us to be humble, as well as to admire the Creator's wisdom and goodness. There is a great variety among other bodies, as there is among plants. There is a variety of glory among heavenly bodies. The bodies of the dead, when they rise, will be fitted for the heavenly bodies. The bodies of the dead, when they rise, will be fitted for the heavenly state; and there will be a variety of glories among them. Burying the dead, is like committing seed to the earth, that it may spring out of it again. Nothing is more loathsome than a dead body. But believers shall at the resurrection have bodies, made fit to be for ever united with spirits made perfect. To God all things are possible. He is the Author and Source of spiritual life and holiness, unto all his people, by the supply of his Holy Spirit to the soul; and he will also quicken and change the body by his Spirit. The dead in Christ shall not only rise, but shall rise thus gloriously changed. The bodies of the saints, when they rise again, will be changed. They will be then glorious and spiritual bodies, fitted to the heavenly world and state, where they are ever afterwards to dwell. The human body in its present form, and with its wants and weaknesses, cannot enter or enjoy the kingdom of God. Then let us not sow to the flesh, of which we can only reap corruption. And the body follows the state of the soul. He, therefore, who neglects the life of the soul, casts away his present good; he who refuses to live to God, squanders all he has.
51-58 All the saints should not die, but all would be changed. In the gospel, many truths, before hidden in mystery, are made known. Death never shall appear in the regions to which our Lord will bear his risen saints. Therefore let us seek the full assurance of faith and hope, that in the midst of pain, and in the prospect of death, we may think calmly on the horrors of the tomb; assured that our bodies will there sleep, and in the mean time our souls will be present with the Redeemer. Sin gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin; but Christ, by dying, has taken out this sting; he has made atonement for sin, he has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. None can answer its demands, endure its curse, or do away his own transgressions. Hence terror and anguish. And hence death is terrible to the unbelieving and the impenitent. Death may seize a believer, but it cannot hold him in its power. How many springs of joy to the saints, and of thanksgiving to God, are opened by the death and resurrection, the sufferings and conquests of the Redeemer! In verse #58|, we have an exhortation, that believers should be stedfast, firm in the faith of that gospel which the apostle preached, and they received. Also, to be unmovable in their hope and expectation of this great privilege, of being raised incorruptible and immortal. And to abound in the work of the Lord, always doing the Lord's service, and obeying the Lord's commands. May Christ give us faith, and increase our faith, that we may not only be safe, but joyful and triumphant.
BSP's 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 comment about verse 26 on 11/17/2013, 11:30am...
Death is truly an enemy of all man. Everyone feels the bad effects of death and no one is exempt. This is an encouraging scripture for the future. We are assured that death is going to be destroyed. Imagine a world without death in it! I look forward to a time when this will happen.
Helen's 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 comment about verse 44 on 11/12/2013, 6:18am...
We are now in the process of sowing to the body that will be. Our bodies now are adamic and must be brought down to death. As we deny the Adamic nature to rule us this body in a sense is being brought down to death. When in the resurrection we receive our house from heaven it will be glorious in direct relation to the death that we have walked out here. Remember Jesus said if you try to save your life you will lose it. So as we experience the sufferings of this life which are as a result of our great desire to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings a house is being formed for us in heaven which will clothe our resurrected bodies. The house is the same as the White Robes (righteous deeds of the saints) in Revelation. Press on with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Glorious things await us. Faithfulness is required. Jesus did it all so that you can follow Him into what he did. Unless a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it abideth alone. He brought us to the waters of baptism to show us that the corrupt nature has to be put to death. As the waters of Noah destroyed corruption upon the earth the waters of baptism destroy corruption in us. It has to be dealt with because corruption will not inherit the Kingdom. Being brought down to death is when we no longer look out for our own interest but we begin to consider the other person's needs, we do not demand our own rights, we suffer ourselves to be defrauded knowing that Jesus will set it all straight. Remember this is a strait gate and a narrow way and few find it. Set your face toward Jerusalem and ask the Spirit to take you all the way to your Golgatha. You will be so glad in the day of the resurrection.
Linda's 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 comment about verse 58 on 11/09/2013, 8:37am...
Labour not in vain in the Lord...I'm always encouraging myself not to grow weary while in doing good as I wittness.
Patrick's 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 comment on 11/07/2013, 6:14am...
If you have not seen Pauls gospel yet in this chapter,consider what he writes in the first 4 verses; Paul declares the gospel to the existing believers in Corinth which they had received and which they had taken a stand,and by which they were saved. Paul writes in verse 3,4. the gospel message that he had received (Galatians 1:11,12.)Paul received this gospel from Christ himself. There should be no other gospel preached only Pauls Galatians 1:6-10. Do you see Pauls gospel?
Ephesians 1:13 says they heard the word of truth the gospel and believed and were sealed and saved. Christ died for OUR SINS was buried and rose again according to the scriptures;thats the gospel of your salvation.
Joy's 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 comment about verse 47 on 11/03/2013, 7:25pm...
One way to worship Jesus Christ as our source of life is to look above earth's trials for our answers as we dwell on all that is lovely and pure and of good report. We must allow Him to complete the good work He has begun in us as we get out of the way, major on Him and His ways, and be simple concerning the ways of evil. When we focus on Grace Himself and not the fallen tendencies inherent in the race of the first Adam, we rise in obedience to the God of Peace who swiftly crushes s. beneath our feet!
Joshua hood's 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 comment about verse 20 on 11/03/2013, 3:21pm...
Jesus Christ is the " first-fruits" because he is the first to have risen from the dead never to have died again. Others had been risen from the dead before him, see Lazarus ; but who again at later dates died again. Jesus Christ is the first to have arisen from the dead never to have died again.
Frank willard tchale's 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 comment about verse 52 on 10/19/2013, 11:00pm...
definitely any second from now that trumpet may sound. How prepared are you?
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