NO RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD?
Jesse M. Hendley
I Corinthians 15:12
No Resurrection? No RESURRECTION? Do you believe in
the resurrection of the dead? Do you believe you are
going to live on after death? Do you believe your
body is going to be raised from the dead and live on?
There were people in Corinth who did not. They said
they did not. In First Corinthians 15:12 Paul says,
"Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the
dead, how say some of you that there is no
resurrection of the dead?"
Dead people don't rise. When you're dead, you're
dead, is what some people believed. They were called
the Sadducees. They believed that when this life is
over, we cease to exist. They believed there is
nothing beyond the grave, no spirits, no life, and no
But this is a very solemn error. In this great 15th
chapter of First Corinthians Paul deals with the
Resurrection of the Dead, something that has been
believed by most people from the beginning of time
and particularly by Christians. Jesus taught it, and
now the Apostle Paul. Most of the people at Corinth
believed in the Resurrection.
But some among them said, "There is no resurrection.
The dead never stand up again. When a body is buried
it will never rise again." Paul brilliantly refutes
that belief in this great chapter as he was taught by
the Spirit of God.
These Corinthians who said, "No resurrection," were
hopeless. To them there was no future life; no
reunion of loved ones, no hope of any life beyond the
Paul says that the most important truth of the Gospel
is the Resurrection! For if the Christ Who died
stayed dead, then there is no Gospel of eternal life.
There is no Good News. If the cross ended it all, and
the body of Jesus was laid in Joseph's tomb and never
came out, then, we have no Gospel. There is no hope!
You look anywhere, apart from Jesus Christ, and show
me where there ...
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