(1 Corinthians 15:58)
I just love this verse. It fills me with both comfort and encouragement because it is good to know that your work is both appreciated and valuable.
Your labour is not in vain
Anyone who does any kind of work for the Lord should also take comfort in these words.
They are words of hope because they tell us we are valued for what we are doing in the service of the Lord. The highest calling any person can have is to serve others. And there is no higher call than to serve the Lord God and His son Jesus Christ. Continue reading
(1 Corinthians 15:50-57)
This section of scripture is well known among Christians for a number of different reasons, but what it represents is one of the least understood principles in the bible.
The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law
It speaks directly to what the offer of God's grace is to mankind. Grace is one of those “churchy” words that Christians throw around all of the time. But understanding grace and what God has offered us is well described in this section.
And the final few verses offer an insight into the mystery of grace. They open up the power of the grace of God so we can better understand just exactly what God achieved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:35-49)
It appears to me that there is a great amount of interest, but not a lot of understanding about the resurrection of the dead.
Resurrection into eternity
The resurrection is THE most important and fundamental teaching in Christianity. It is because of the resurrection that Christianity even exists, as I have pointed out in other articles. If there was no resurrection, then there is no Christianity and your faith would be pointless.
Fortunately though, through our faith in the working of God we believe that the resurrection is real, that Jesus Christ was resurrected and is alive, and that we who have believed in Him will also be raised from the dead or transformed at His coming.
This section of scripture today provides other valuable and useful insights into the resurrection.
(1 Corinthians 15:29-34)
This section of scripture has three distinct but complimentary teachings. All of them are to do with baptism of the dead, and they each talk of the attitude we must hold as we hold the faith in Jesus Christ.
Bad company ruins good morals. If there is no resurrection, let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die
The three specific aspects that we look at in this verse today are:
- Baptism on behalf of the dead
- Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die
- Bad company ruins good morals
But the key to understanding these lies in the what they mean with regard to the faith and the truth of the new covenant, especially as it relates to the impact of baptism.
(1 Corinthians 15:24-28)
This short section is important for it tells us that when Jesus returns and after all is completed, how it is that first, Jesus reigns and then God reigns to that God is everything to me and to all who live in His kingdom.
My God Reigns
And there are other things we learn from this section regarding the eternal kingdom and the process by which my God reigns and how it will be that He reigns AFTER Jesus reigns and gives all power, authority and kingdom to God the Father.
It also explains an interesting challenge to the issue of trinity for the church and where the power of God exists and lies, and how the power of God will unfold when all has been accomplished.
(1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
Resurrection, as I have been making the case in my last few posts, is the core, critical teaching of Christianity for without it, there is no Christianity.
The hope of salvation that we teach and believe in is that we will be resurrected to life in Christ Jesus through the grace of God and the faith that we have in His working. It is not about anything we do but what we believe.
And in this short section of scripture we see the power of the resurrection. And it is incredibly powerful because it is the means by which we receive life with Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:12-19)
I wrote in my last post and have done so on other occasions also, that where there is no resurrection, there is no Christianity.
Resurrection is the central core of what Christianity is all about. Christianity does not exist without it and it was the resurrection of Jesus Christ when the fulness of Christianity commenced. That is why resurrection is so important to us because without it, there is no Christian religion.
But not all who call themselves Christians truly believe this to be the case. Not all truly accept that Jesus Christ was raised and that a resurrection awaits all who live and have lived on this earth, either to be resurrected to life eternal in Jesus Christ or eternal damnation apart from Him.
So let us look at what Paul says about this issue in these few verses.
(1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
There are many, many things we have to learn in relation to walking in Christ, and there are often many different opinions about what we believe.
But Christianity, when it is all boiled down, has only a very few critical teachings by which we receive the gift of God’s salvation. The few fundamental foundations of Christianity include things like repentance, faith, baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit, eternal judgment and as Paul tells us here, the one foundation of primary importance is the resurrection.
The foremost and most important aspect of the resurrection is of course the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead after He was sacrificed on our behalf. It is in His resurrection that we now have the chance to find salvation and this is the point that Paul emphasises in this chapter.
(1 Corinthians 14:36-40)
In these last few verses of this chapter of 1 Corinthians 14 we see Paul make a couple of fascinating statements. And these are statements we need to listen to carefully with respect to the contents of this chapter because Paul makes it clear that these words are not just his thoughts and ideas, but they are the commands from the Lord.
The essence of what is written in this chapter primarily deals with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, specifically relating to speaking in tongues and prophesying. He also speaks about running the church in an orderly fashion and provides a template for how a general worship meeting should be conducted. I covered all of these matters in some detail in my previous posts on this chapter, and you can flip back to those using the “previous” tags and keys at the top or bottom of this post.
But in summary here we should look at what Paul is emphasising as being of importance, not just from his words but by the command of the Lord.
(1 Corinthians 14:26-35)
Over the years I have attended a number of different church meetings as my wife and I travel around the country. It seems that every church has a different form of worship, some very good and others that could be better. Some I have attended were so loose that it didn’t appear there was any structure at all.
The most important thing that needs to be done in any church meeting is that it be conducted in an orderly manner. And this is the focus of what Paul is conveying to the Corinthian church.
In these few verses Paul lays down a clear plan for what needs to be done to conduct an orderly meeting of the church. There is perhaps only one point missing that should be added to this list and there are other things that could be included, but these verses give the basic structure that should be adhered to in an orderly meeting.