I CORINTHIANS 15: 12 - 23
There are only 2 spheres of existence: in Adam, in Christ.
There is NO third option, no neutral ground.
The circle of Adam. All are born there. You can live and die
there, OR one can be made alive by regeneration in Christ.
In Adam all died spiritually: "by disobedience of one the many
were made sinners" (Romans 5:15).
Suspicion, rebellion, hatred are symptoms of this decaying
Now comes heaven's counterattack: "so in Christ shall all be
made alive" (Vs. 21).
The resurrection of Christ was God the Father launching a
full-scale offensive; His invasion of the realm of sin and
The resurrection determines our entire system of values, ethics,
IF CHRIST WAS NOT RESURRECTED:
I.Vs. 29 - Why be baptized for a DEAD Jesus.
II.Vs. 30 - Why stand we in jeopardy every hour? Why suffer for
a DEAD Jesus? "I have fought with beasts at Ephesus" (vs. 32).
Figurative language speaking of those who opposed him.
"Eat, drink and be merry!" was the philosophy of those who did
not believe in the resurrection. A statue of Cilicia showing a
man snapping his fingers has an inscription: "Eat, drink, and
play for all the rest is not worth this."
(Illustration, "Tonight we are going to dine with the King")
(Illustration, John Bunyan in jail)
III.Vs. 32 - Why live the Christian lifestyle for a DEAD Christ?
Good behavior ...
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