1Co 15:12-15 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? (13) But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: (14) And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. (15) Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
One of the popular teachers of the day were the Sadducees. They denied the existence of life after death and all other related teachings such as resurrection of the body, and eternal rewards etc etc. Apparently this doctrine had slipped into the Corinth church.
Paul, in opposition to this false teaching reminds the Corinth church of the importance of the doctrine of the resurrection. He makes the argument that if there is no life after death, followed by a bodily resurrection then, logically, there would be great repercussions to our entire belief system. Here is Paul’s reasoning:
- If there is no resurrection of the dead; then Christ is not risen from the dead.
- If Christ be not risen from the dead; then the gospel that we preach is worthless.
- If the gospel we preach is worthless; then our faith in Christ and His work is worthless and we are liars.
Let’s thank our Lord that His resurrection IS THE TRUTH! Our faith is not vain, we are speaking the truth!
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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