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1 Corinthians 15- Born Again

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44

Previously I emphasized the importance of Jesus having a physical resurrection, where as Paul stated “If Christ is not Risen, our faith is worthless” (1 Cor. 15:14) Some people were surprised to learn there are some groups that reject the physical resurrection of Christ, one of the scriptures they use to support their claim is verse 44 , Paul says here “It is sown a natural body, and it is raised a spiritual body” At first glance this appears to support their claim, however lets take a deeper look at the original Greek word

The Greek word translated as spiritual here is pneumatikon, looking at the meaning of this word it means non-carnal, regenerated, and supernatural. Now when I say these words, a light bulb should start going off in your head. Remember what Jesus said “Unless we are Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3) What does Paul say a little later in this chapter “Flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 15:50)

The words of Christ and Paul are almost exactly the same, you need to become Born Again to be saved. When we are talking about a “spiritual body” here in the English translation, we are talking about a regenerated person, a person who is Born Again, baptized by the Holy Spirit, not living for the flesh. Paul is not saying you will become a ghost during the resurrection or get wings and play a harp, Paul is stating you will get your physical glorified body, a body without sin, a body designed the way it was meant before the curse of sin into this world

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:45

The sin of Adam, brought the curse upon all humanity. The last Adam, who is Jesus Christ , made a quickening or life- giving pneuma. Now again at first glance it seems as if Jesus Christ became a spirit, but take a deeper look into the Greek word pneuma. This is the same Greek word typically translated as the Holy Spirit, wind, breathe. How do we become regenerated? By the Holy Spirit, we need a new heart and mind, a baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 3)

Again I believe what Paul is trying to convey here is through Jesus Christ we become Born Again by the Holy Spirit, to become regenerated and eventually received our gloried bodies to rule with Christ forever!

Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, and you will be physically raised one day also in your glorified, regenerated body at the final resurrection , Amen!

1 Corinthians 15- Glorification Part 1

But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.  1 Corinthians 15:35-38

 To understand our future resurrection into our perfect bodies, better known as glorification, we must first understand the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, as Paul said “Christ is the firstfruits”. Jesus physically died and was physically raised from the dead, some might assume this is common sense, but there are some Christian groups that don’t believe in a physical resurrection.

So then you have to ask yourself, if Christ wasn’t physically raised from the dead, then why would you expect to be physically raised from the dead? Of course we know Jesus Christ physically rose, therefore we have the living hope of the resurrection. As the Apostle Paul asks the question “And with what body do they come”? 

The Apostle Paul compares the resurrection to planting seeds of grain, the wheat doesn’t first appear until a seed has been sowed. As Paul states “You sow not the body that you shall be” Meaning you are going to get a glorified body when you are resurrected. A body without sin or death, just as it was meant to be from the beginning

All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:39-41

We must also understand that we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) We have not evolved from bacteria or apes, you were made in the image of God, and will have a distinct glorified body as God predestined. God has made different kinds of creatures , including angels, however we were chosen and set apart. We are made in the image of our Creator.

As the Apostle John stated in Revelation “ there will be no more death, sorrow, or pain, the old things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4) And all these promises and hope are guaranteed, because Jesus lives and walked out of that grave! Amen!

1 Corinthians 15- Live Like There Is A Tomorrow

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:29-34

 We live in an Atheistic world today, a society where ideas like Evolution have been adapted and taught as truth. It’s no surprise why the world is so lost today, if the majority of people’s worldview is naturalism, meaning there is nothing super-natural, it’s no surprise people live like animals with no hope

As the Apostle Paul says here “If the dead rise not, let us eat, drink, for tomorrow we die” If there is no afterlife, then lets party like there is no tomorrow! And that’s exactly how the world lives, like there is no tomorrow. People today give no thought to anything supernatural or spiritual, they live as if this is it, so they continue to accumulate their sins and compound the wrath of God on their souls

This is why its very important we share the gospel with everyone, they need to understand we have an eternal soul with eternal consequences. This current life is brief and temporary, but we will spend an eternity somewhere. The best question to start a conversation is “Do you believe in an Afterlife”? It’s a harmless and simple question, but it gets the soul thinking. 

Paul goes on to say, and I’m paraphrasing “I risk my life daily for Christ, if there is no resurrection, why advantage do I have over you”? Those who are not secure in their salvation are going to live in great fear, because they believe death is the end. Paul risked his life everyday for the gospel without fear, why? Because as Paul said “To depart from the body is to be with The Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8) Paul knew where he was going because Christ is Risen! We in Christ should be secure in knowing we will be with The Lord also, why? Because Christ is Risen!

Now I know some will think , this post is way off, not in context with the 1rst century thought ect, and that’s true. But look how this applies to our worldviews today! It doesn’t change, because Christ is Risen, Jesus defeated the curse of sin and death! This is our living hope, this is the Good News!

As Paul ends here “Awake to righteousness and sin not” You life has meaning and consequences, Live for Christ because there will always be a tomorrow in Jesus Amen!

1 Corinthians 15- Death Is Defeated

Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

What is your greatest enemy? Alot of people will say a certain person or group, other people might say money or happiness, but the truth is your greatest enemy is death. No matter who you are or where your from, no matter how much money you have, nobody will escape death because of the curse of sin in this world. 

Satan has blinded the mind of this world to accept death as something normal, some even glorify death. We have probably heard the old phrase “there are two guarantees in life, death and taxes” But the truth is death is horrifying and unnatural. We were never designed to die originally, we worship the God of the living and were created to live forever! (Mark 12:27)

So Jesus on the cross, defeated the greatest enemy to mankind, Christ defeated death forever! As the Apostle Paul states “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” When you understand how horrible death is, and how great the gift of grace and salvation is, you understand why this is called the Gospel or Good News!

Many people don’t receive the gospel as Good News because they don’t understand the horror of death and their depraved state. God destroyed death by becoming a man and rising from the dead, a concept so radical that even Satan could not figure it out! Satan thought he was the mastermind to getting the Son of God crucified, when actually Satan accomplished what God was already going to do! God is sovereign, and the head of Satan was crushed at the cross

The Apostle Paul goes on to say “All things are put Under Him” I think Philippians 2 would be great commentary to parallel this teaching, because of the obedience of Christ to the cross, Jesus is exalted the name above every name, every knee will bow and tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, on Earth, in Heaven, and in Hell (Philippians 2)

When Jesus rose from the tomb, it was evident that death was defeated forevermore, and one day through Christ , we will rise again to reign forever with God Almighty, Amen!

1 Corinthians 15- Christ The First Fruits

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Many people ask what was the point of “Holy Days” assigned by God in the Old Testament, well all of them point to Jesus Christ. Today we are going to take a look at the Feast of First Fruits and how Jesus fulfilled this day. Now of course this is not my idea, this was affirmed here by the Apostle Paul, as he states “Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept”

The Jewish audience knew exactly what Paul was referring to when he stated Christ is the firstfruits of all that died. For us Gentiles to understand, we need to understand the Feast of First Fruits mentioned in Leviticus 23. It was observed on Nisan 16 which was 3 days after the Passover! Do you already see the prophetic connection? Passover is the day Jesus died on the cross for our sins, which the Church typically calls “Good Friday”. This of course was the fulfillment of the Passover, as Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God (John 1:29, Isaiah 53)

It’s not a surprise that on First Fruits, it was required of Israel to provide a spotless lamb (Lev. 23:12) We must also understand that First fruits was about an offering to God. As we know Jesus Christ was the atonement offering for our sins, Christ is the true First Fruits and was confirmed by his resurrection on the 3rd Day which was the feast of First Fruits

Deuteronomy Chapter 26 gives even more details about the Feast of First Fruits,  part of the celebration is to remember the Exodus and how delivered Israel from slavery, Jesus Christ again is the fulfillment as Christ has delivered us from the slavery of sin and death (Romans 6:20)

The feast is also a reminder how God delivered Israel to the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 26:9) Because of Christ , we are reconciled back to God , and part of the New Covenant to inherit God’s Kingdom including the New Heavens and Earth (Revelation 21) This is a foreshadow of our promise land and deliverance.

Israel had been celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for many years , Christ is our First Fruits, the fulfillment of all things, Amen!

1 Corinthians 15- The Central Theme

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 1 Corinthians 15:12-15

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central theme of Christianity, it’s the central theme of our faith and life. As the Apostle Paul says “If Christ is not rise, your preaching and faith are in vein” If Christ didn’t rise from the dead, then there is no hope for any of us. Without the resurrection of Christ, there is no Christianity, there is no salvation for anyone without the resurrection of Christ

People will often ask, why do we worship on a Sunday? Many will echo conspiracy theories of Roman paganism for Sunday worship, No we worship on Sunday morning because Christ is Risen on Sunday morning, period. All four gospel state Jesus rose on the first day of the week (Sunday) the early Church began worshiping on Sunday morning (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2) The resurrection of Christ changed everything, no longer are we dead in our sins, but Christ is Risen and we have been delivered from sin and death

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Corinthians 15:16-19

As the Apostle Paul states here “If Christ is not raised, your faith is worthless, and you are still in your sins” Think about that! This is why the Resurrection of Christ is the central doctrine of Christianity, if you get the resurrection wrong, all of your beliefs are wrong. Doesn’t matter what good or religious works you have performed  in your life, without Jesus Christ walking out of that tomb, it would all be worthless

So its not a surprise, everything in Christianity is focused around the Resurrection. This is the center of the gospel message, Christ died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again. This should be preached every week from the pulpits, this is the most important message.

So next time you go to Church, celebrate and worship Christ is Risen, it should be an Easter Sunday celebration every Sunday, because Christ is Risen therefore we have a living hope! Amen!