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Arguments for the Resurrection (27 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 15:1-23
March 27, 2005
1. The problem Paul addresses in this chapter is the
denial of the resurrection of Christ. Some in the church were refusing to believe that Christ had risen from the dead. Notice again (vs. 12): "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?"
ILLUS: It is said that Thomas Jefferson did not believe in the resurrection. In fact, so determined was he to refute the Bible teaching of the resurrection that he edited his own special version of the Bible in which all references to the supernatural were deleted. Jefferson, in editing the Gospels, confined himself solely to the moral teachings of Jesus. The closing words of Jefferson's Bible are these: "There laid they Jesus and rolled a great stone at the mouth of the sepulchre and departed."
Thank God that is not the way the story really ends!1
2. This evening I want to give you a brief outline:
I. The Truth of the Resurrection
II. The Significance of the Resurrection
III. The First-Fruits of the Resurrection
I. THE TRUTH OF THE RESURRECTION
A. The testimony of the Gospel (vv. 1-4)
1. His Death (vs. 3)
a. The penalty for sin is death. It says in
Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death." Of course, we know Jesus never sinned, but we have sinned. And, if Jesus was to become our substitute, then He must die for sin in our place. 1 Peter 3:18, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."
1) This was a fulfillment of prophecy:
Isaiah 53:10-11, "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord ...
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