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!