Scripture: I Corinthians 15

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READ and STUDY the WORD

The Resurrection Of Christ

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (WEB) 1 Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all, as to the child born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace which was given to me was not futile, but I worked more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Whether then it is I or they, so we preach, and so you believed.

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Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul declare to the believers in Corinth (I Corinthians 15:1-2)? Paul declared the Good News. And they would be saved if they held firmly the word he preached. 

2. What did Paul tell the believers (I Corinthians 15:3-5)? Paul told them he had delivered to them all that he had received.  That is that Christ died for their sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that He arose on the third day according to the Scripture and that He appeared to Cephas, and then the twelve.

3. To whom else did Paul say Jesus appeared (I Corinthians 15:6-8)? Jesus also appeared to five hundred believers at once, to James, then to all the apostles and last of all to Paul.

4. What did Paul say about himself (I Corinthians 15:9)? Paul said he was the least of the apostles, who was not worthy to be called an apostle, because he persecuted the church.

5. Who gave Paul the right to be an apostle and how did He do this (I Corinthians 15:10)? By the grace of God Paul was what he was.  God’s grace which was given to Paul was not futile (without effect). 

The Resurrection Of The Dead

I Corinthians 15:12-34 (WEB) 12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. 14 If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. 15 Yes, we are also found false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that He raised up Christ, whom He didn’t raise up, if it is so that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead aren’t raised, neither has Christ been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. 18 Then they also who are fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.  20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruit of those who are asleep. 21 For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s, at His coming. 24 Then the end comes, when He will deliver up the Kingdom to God, even the Father, when He will have abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For, “He put all things in subjection under His feet.” But when He says, “All things are put in subjection”, it is evident that He is excepted who subjected all things to Him. 28 When all things have been subjected to Him, then the Son will also Himself be subjected to Him who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all.  29 Or else what will they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead aren’t raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 Why do we also stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If I fought with animals at Ephesus for human purposes, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, then “let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.”  34 Wake up righteously, and don’t sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul discuss with the believers in Corinth (I Corinthians 15:12)? Paul discussed the resurrection.

2. If there is no resurrection of the dead who else did Paul say wasn’t raised (I Corinthians 15:13)? Paul said if there was no resurrection of the dead, neither had Christ been raised.

3. What was in vain if Christ had not been raised from the dead (I Corinthians 15:14)? Paul’s preaching and their faith would both be in vain.

4. When are we considered by Paul as most pitiable (I Corinthians 15:19)? If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable. 

5. How did Paul explain the resurrection (I Corinthians 15:20-23)? Paul said Christ had indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who had fallen asleep (died).  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead came also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him. 

6. What does Paul say will happen when the end comes (I Corinthians 15:24-25)? Christ will deliver up the Kingdom to God, the Father.  He will have abolished all rule and all authority and power.  He must reign until he has put all His enemies under His feet. 

7. What will be the last enemy to be abolished (I Corinthians 15:26)? The last enemy to be abolished will be death.

8. Who does Paul say Jesus, the Son subjects Himself to after all else is subjected to Him (I Corinthians 15:27-28)? Paul says Jesus will subject Himself to His Father, God.

9. How did Paul close out his message (I Corinthians 15:33-34)? Paul told the believers in Corinth to not be deceived (misled).  Evil companionship corrupt good morals.  He told them to come back to their senses and stop sinning. That some had no knowledge (were ignorant) of God.   

The Resurrection Body

I Corinthians 15:35-58 (WEB) 35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish one, that which you yourself sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 That which you sow, you don’t sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind. 38 But God gives it a body even as it pleased Him, and to each seed a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial differs from that of the terrestrial. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown perishable; it is raised imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body.  45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 As we have borne the image of those made of dust, let’s also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood can’t inherit God’s Kingdom; neither does the perishable inherit imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must become imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable body will have become imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Paul answer the question about how the dead are raised and with what kind of body (I Corinthians 15:35-41)? Paul answered that God gives and decides the body to be received.

2. How did Paul say it was to be with the resurrection of the dead (I Corinthians 15:42-44)? The natural body was sown perishable; but the resurrected body would be raised imperishable. The natural body was sown in dishonor; but the resurrected body will be raised in glory. The natural body was sown in weakness; the resurrected body would be raised in power. Our body is sown a natural body; but raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body.

3. What did the first Adam become and what did the last Adam become (I Corinthians 15:45)? The first man, Adam, became a living soul.  The last Adam, Jesus, became a life-giving spirit.

4.  Where were these Adams from (I Corinthians 15:47-49)? The first man, Adam, was from the earth.  The second Adam who is the Lord was from heaven.  

5. Who cannot inherit God’s kingdom (I Corinthians 15:50)? Flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom, neither does the perishable inherit imperishable.

6. What mystery does Paul reveal (I Corinthians 15:51-52a)? Paul says we will not all sleep (die), but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet (when Jesus returns for us).

7. What will sound and what will happen (I Corinthians 15:52b-56)? The trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.  Our perishable body must become imperishable and our mortal body must put on immortality. Death will be swallowed up in victory.

8. To whom should we give thanks and why (I Corinthians 15:57)?  We should give thanks to God because He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

9. So what are we suppose to be and why (I Corinthians 15:58)? We should be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work because we know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord.

HEAR the WORD

I Corinthians 15:12-18 (WEB) 12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. 14 If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. 15 Yes, we are also found false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that He raised up Christ, whom He didn’t raise up, if it is so that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead aren’t raised, neither has Christ been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. 18 Then they also who are fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: The resurrection of Christ is the center of the Christian faith.  Because Christ arose from the dead as He promised, we know that what He said is true – He is God.  Because He arose, we have certainty that our sins are forgiven.  Because He rose, He lives and represents us to God. Because He arose and defeated death, we know we will also be raised. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) Do not be misled.  Bad company corrupts good character.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Seek to be a good example to those around you.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Don’t keep company with those who would corrupt your good character.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will hold firmly to Your Word (I Corinthians 15:2).  Lord, I thank You for dying for our sins (I Corinthians 15:3). Lord, I pray we will never deny Your resurrection (I Corinthians 15:13). Lord, You indeed have risen from the dead (I Corinthians 15:20).  Lord, I pray we will look forward to You destroying the final enemy, death (I Corinthians 15:26).  Lord, I pray we will not be misled and allow bad company to corrupt our good character (I Corinthians 15:33).  Lord, I pray we will look forward to having our natural body replaced with an imperishable, glorified, powerful, spiritual body (I Corinthians 15:42-44).  Lord, I pray we will listen for the last trumpet to sound (I Corinthians 15:52).  Lord, I pray we all will be clothed with the imperishable and with immortality (I Corinthians 15:54). Thank You for giving us the victory through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:57).  Lord, I pray we will stand firm and let nothing move us.  I pray we will always give ourselves fully to the Your work because we know our labor for You is not in vain (I Corinthians 15:58).

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I strive always to please God.” <>< Dona