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I Corinthians 15:1-1l
Dr. Jerry Vines
Most of Paul's letter to the I Corinthians addresses problems
in the local church. There was the problem of division in the
fellowship and Paul addresses that matter. There was the problem of
personal sin in the lives of individual believers and Paul addresses
that problem. There was also the problem of disruption in the
fellowship or disruption in the services as it related to spiritual
gifts and Paul magnificently addressed that problem. He comes to one
final problem that is in the church there and it's probably the most
serious of all because it is the problem of doctrine. What we do,
eventually, will be determined by what we believe. The Bible says we
believe therefore we speak. All behavior is basically determined on the
basis of what we believe. So, Paul is going to address a very serious
doctrinal matter at this particular time. There were some in the
fellowship of the Corinthian church who were denying the resurrection of
the body of the believer. We know this is true because of what we find
in verse 12 of this chapter. He says there, "If Christ be preached that
he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no
resurrection of the dead?" So, there were some Christians in Corinth
who were denying that the believer was going to experience a
resurrection of the body. That is serious because it hinges upon the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus. In verse 13 he says, "But if there be
no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen."
The chief cornerstone of the Christian faith is the resurrection
of Jesus Christ. The whole Christian doctrine stands or falls on the
reality of the resurrection of Jesus. Several years ago I picked up a
Time Magazine and began to read an article in the religion section.
There it described some bones they had found in a tomb outside the city
of Jerusalem. Immediately, when I read that, I felt my hear ...
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