1Co 15:16-19 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Paul continues to give us a list of the consequences of denying the existence of the physical resurrection of the dead…
- 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 our faith is vain (worthless) and we are under the bondage of our sins, facing eternal punishment.
- If mankind is still under sin’s bondage and punishment then those who have died in Christ are perished (to be destroyed with no hope of deliverance).
- If our hope of salvation in Christ only applies to this temporal world then as Christians, we are more miserable than anyone else in this world.
Why, as Christians, do we set apart one day a week to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection? Every Sunday, when we gather together to worship our Lord, we are celebrating His life, His work and His resurrection which is the foundation of all of our future hopes and beliefs. Christ’s resurrection makes certain our future with Him.
Let’s thank our Lord for the truth of His resurrection and for the blessing of assurance of our salvation past, present and future.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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