Jesse M. Hendley
First Corinthians 15
In First Corinthians chapter 15, the Apostle Paul presents to us the fact that this is the major truth in the Bible. The Christ that died is alive. He arose again from the deed.
Now there were certain Corinthian Christians there, people in the church at Corinth who evidentlywere saying there isn't any resurrection. Verse 12 is the key to this chapter. He says, "How say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?"Now to refute that, we've already talked about the gospel that Paul preached and that the gospel included Christ dying, being dead and rising again the third day, all according to the Scriptures.
Now we begin with verse 5 and we read on through verse 10, "And that he was seen of Cephas (that's Peter), then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present (most of them are alive; over two hundred and fifty of them), but some are fallen asleep. (some have died). After that,he was seen of James; (that's the Lord's brother) then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time, (an abortion)." If you have a Bible that gives the Greek, in the margin you'll have that word. A dead fetus, he is talking about here. "For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am." What a tremendous statement!
Now here Paul enumerates six appearances of the Lord Jesus. He says that Christ is risen from the dead and that He was seen. Now the Greek word for He was seen, we usually translate appear, but that's a good translation. He was seen. He caused Himself to be seen. Our Lord Jesus, after He arose again from the dead proved that He was alive, appearing to the sight (the eyes), for this word translated, "was seen,"comes from the word from which we get optometrist, optica ...
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