1 Corinthians 15:1-28
(1-11) The Resurrection of Christ
Our standing in Christ is sure and secure if we receive, believe, and hold fast to the Gospel that has saved us. Our believing is not in vain.
The Gospel is not only the death and burial of Jesus the Christ. It is also the resurrection and ascension of Jesus the Christ. All of this was foretold in Scripture before it even occurred. We know that Christ’s resurrection actually happened because He was seen by a various number of eyewitnesses on more than one occasion. Paul recalls how Jesus appeared even to him. He does not consider himself worthy to be called an apostle because he once persecuted the church, however, Paul recognizes that it is by the grace of God that he is what he is. The grace that God shows toward us is not in vain either. We are what we are and who we are in Christ because of His grace.
(12-28) The Resurrection of the Dead
When we share the Gospel, we must place equal emphasis on both the death and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Our faith would be empty, useless, and futile if Christ had not risen from the dead. If Christ is still in the grave, then our praying is in vain, our praise is in vain, and our preaching is in vain, as well. If Christ is still in the grave, then God is a liar because He did not raise Christ from the dead as He said He would. If Christ is still in the grave, Christianity is just another hopeless religion that is devoid of truth, beauty, light, and life.
Because Jesus the Christ was raised from the dead and because He did overcome sin and the grave, we can have confidence that all who believe in Him will also one day be raised from the dead, as well. Believers who are physically dead now shall all be made alive one day.
Favorite verse: (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.