Can I Believe In Resurrection? 1 Cor. 15:1-6, 12-18, 50-52, 54b-57 July 25, 2010
The resurrection is part of the Gospel. Gospel means, “good news,” and it is specifically good news about Jesus. Because I know the Lord provided salvation for me I do not hesitate if asked, Can I Believe In Resurrection to give a resounding “Yes” answer.
1. Can I Believe In Resurrection? Yes Because It Is . . Part Of The Gospel. 15:1-6
A. It Is Part Of The . . Stable Message Of The Gospel. 15:1
1 Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it.
B. It Is Part Of The . . Salvation Message Of The Gospel. 15:2
2 You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you—unless you believed to no purpose.
C. It Is Part Of The . . Scriptural Message Of The Gospel. 15:3-4
3 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
D. It Is Part Of The . . Substantiated Message Of The Gospel. 15:5-6
5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. 6 Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time, most of whom remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
The Gospel is a stable message because it is built on the fact of the resurrection. It is centered in and demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul, a well educated man, clarified the message through his transformed life and ministry. Paul also called attention to the believability of the Gospel Message as evidenced through the salvation of many people in Corinth and everywhere he preached. The Gospel rests as a fulfillment of several verses of scripture. The death of Christ to pay the debt of our sins was a fulfillment to many scriptures. His burial and resurrection were also foretold. To top off the evidence of the gospel’s base in the resurrection is the evidence given to the disciples and believers with an appearance of Christ to over 500 brethren at one time. If you meet people who do not believe; tell them to get converted and then they will. To borrow a phrase the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Scripture says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps 34:8 HCSB).
2. Can I Believe In Resurrection? Yes Because . . It Is Practical. 15:12-18
A. It Is The Practical . . Conclusions Of Scripture. 15:12-14
12 Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, "There is no resurrection of the dead"? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.
B. It Is The Practical . . Consideration Of Scripture. 15:15-18
15 In addition, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that He raised up Christ—whom He did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are n ot raised, Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Therefore those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished.
The resurrection is a practical conclusion to the statements of the scripture. Paul preached that Christ raised from the dead. His life style was drastically changed and gives evidence to the miracle of resurrection. If Christ did not resurrect the considerations of the Christian faith are false and not life changing. My life was changed, many lives are changed every day confirming the truth of this consideration of scripture. For some it is too simple and they want to have a part in making it happen. But works have nothing to contribute before a person is saved. God motivates “good works,” after a person is saved.
3. Can I Believe In Resurrection? Yes! Because Of It’s Prophecies. 15:50-52, 54b - 57
A. It Is Prophesied But . . Flesh Cannot Produce It. 15:50
50 Brothers, I tell you this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and corruption cannot
B. It Is Prophesied As A . . Future Activity For All Believers. 15:51-52
51 Listen! I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed,
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead
will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
C. It Is Prophesied As A . . Fantastic Event For All Believers. 15:54b-57
54 ". . . then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory.
55 O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?
56 Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! HCSB
If you go through the Bible and pick out the prophecies concerning the resurrection of Christ you will mark several scriptures. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy and promises as God caused Him to arise He will empower all of us who are “In Christ” to be part of a personal resurrection. This is spoken about in the verses of this text and other verses like this, “and the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thess 4:16 HCSB). This action can not be provided by the flesh. For most of us it is in the future and it will be fantastic! Can I Believe In Resurrection? Yes! Amen? Amen!