Summary: Glory of the Resurrection (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 1-19.
Quote: Andrew Murray:
“Jesus Christ was born twice.
The birth at Bethlehem was a birth into a life of weakness.
The second time he was born from the grave – “the first born from the dead” – into the glory of heaven and the throne of God”.
• Corinth was a Greek city, 40 miles away from Athens.
• Corinth and Athens were very much like Edinburgh and Glasgow today.
• Athens was the University city where the philosophers lived and art festivals were held.
• Corinth was a bustling port.
• Greek philosophy was the background of Corinth’s beliefs;
• And the Greeks did not believe in the resurrection' of the dead.
• In fact when Paul had first preached at Athens;
• (Read about it in Acts chapter 17 verse 32).
• They listened until he mentioned the resurrection of Christ,
• Then some of those listening actually laughed at him! They mocked him!
In New Testament times:
• Most Greek philosophers considered the human body a prison,
• And they welcomed death as deliverance from bondage.
• This sceptical attitude had somehow invaded the church and Paul had to face it head-on.
• So in this chapter Paul dealt with the subject of ‘resurrection’ by answering 4 basic questions.
• Question 1: Are the Dead Raised? (That is answered in verses 1-19).
• Question 2: When are the dead raised? (That is answered in verses 20-28).
• Question 3: Why are the dead raised? (That is answered in verses 29-34 & 49-58).
• Question 4: How are the dead raised? (That is answered in verses 35-49).
This morning we are looking at the glory of Christ’s resurrection:
• And that overlaps the first question Paul answers in this chapter:
• Are the Dead Raised? (verses 15:1-19)
• The Corinthian Christians were a strange mix;
• No Church founded by Paul had more problems than the one at Corinth.
• As a result of their difficulties and struggles.
• We have two amazing letters.
This first letter and this chapter (15);
• Contains the earliest account of the resurrection appearances of the Lord in the N.T.
• Don’t miss that!
• 1 Corinthians chapter 15 was written about A.D. 56.
• This is the very first written record of the witnesses of the resurrection body of Jesus.
• Because Greek philosophy was the background of Corinth’s belief;
• This meant they too did not believe that they would be raised to life again.
• Ever since they were born they were taught the soul not the body is important;
• The human body was the source of man’s weakness and sin.
• They viewed it as a corpse, a tomb.
• They looked upon death with joy, anxiously waiting the time;
• When their souls would be liberated, unshackled from their bodies.
• Now although the Christians at Corinth denied the resurrection of their own bodies;