Summary: We continue looking at the importance of giving our lives for Christ, and God’s response of resurrecting our lives for Him.
LIVES GIVEN AND RESURRECTED
1 CORINTHIANS 15:29-49
INTRODUCTION: The 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians is an intense doctrinal study on the resurrection. We continue our part by looking at the importance of giving our lives for Christ, and God’s response of resurrecting our lives for Him.
I LIFE GIVEN FOR CHRIST – 1 CORINTHIAN 15:29-34
A Paul Develops The Principle of Belief and Behavior
1 Belief and Behavior are linked
2 Belief determines our action
3 Behavior is the natural growth of our belief.
a Jesus mentioned that the thought of adultery was sufficient enough to have sinned in adultery.
b So then why do we have adulterous people
1 Behavior flows from thought and belief
2 We think sinfully, therefore we act sinfully
B Actions evident of a resurrection
1 Baptism for the dead
a What a can of worms here huh!
b This opens up all kind of issues.
1 Our practice regarding baptism
2 Practice of other regarding baptism
c One of the most wonderful things about the Word of God is that it is so very often its best commentary
1 There is another area of the Scripture that deals with the issue of baptism and death
Matthew 20:22-23 "You don’t know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered.
23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."
Mark 10:38 "You don’t know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"
Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!
2 Christ Himself associated baptism with death, saying that his own crucifixion was a baptism.
3 SO what Paul is saying is that why would one go through baptism, a public association with Christ, risking death, if the dead are not raised. We wouldn’t!
ILLUSTRATION: -- 03/23/06, The Jerusalem Post: Senior Muslim clerics said Thursday that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity should be killed regardless of whether a court decides to free him. Abdul Rahman, a 41-year-old former medical aid worker, faces the death penalty for becoming a Christian under Afghanistan’s Islamic laws. His trial, which began last week, has caused an international outcry. US President George W. Bush said Wednesday he was "deeply troubled" by the case and expects the country to "honor the universal principle of freedom."
Diplomats say the Afghan government is searching for a way to drop the case, and on Wednesday authorities said Rahman is suspected of being mentally ill and would undergo psychological examinations to see whether he is fit to stand trial. But four senior clerics interviewed by The Associated Press in their mosques in Kabul said Rahman deserved to be killed for his conversion.
"He is not crazy. He went in front of the media and confessed to being a Christian," said Hamidullah, chief cleric at Haji Yacob Mosque. "The government is scared of the international community. But the people will kill him if he is freed." "He is not mad. The government is playing games. The people will not be fooled," said Abdul Raoulf, cleric at Herati Mosque. "This is humiliating for Islam. ... Cut off his head."