I labored more abundantly than they all : Paul compares himself to the other apostles. He was not shy about saying he worked harder than any of the other apostles did. This is not to say the other apostles were lazy although some of them may have been , but that Paul was an exceptionally hard worker. Yet not it, but the grace of God which was with me : Paul was honest enough to know and to say that he worked hard. In fact, I work harder than any other apostle.
Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed : Whether Paul or one of the other apostles brought the message, the result was the same. They preached the resurrection of Jesus, and the early Christians believed the resurrection of Jesus. The verb we preach is in the present continuous tense; Paul says that he and the other apostles habitually preached this message. Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead : Why did Paul so carefully prove the resurrection of Jesus? In fact, he makes it clear in 1 Corinthians that they did believe it: so we preach and so you believed. Then why was it important? The bottom line is that the Corinthian Christians believed we lived forever, but not in resurrected bodies.
Remember that resurrection is not merely life after death; it is the continuation of life after death in glorified bodies, which are our present bodies in a glorified state. How do some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? The Corinthian Christians just did not think carefully. Some of them denied the reality of resurrection, while believing in a resurrected Jesus.
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Paul shows how the resurrection of Jesus not only proves His own resurrection, but it proves the principle of resurrection. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen : If these few Corinthians were right about the resurrection, then Jesus was still dead!
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
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Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is in vain : If there is no resurrection, then Jesus is not risen, and Paul and the other apostles have preached in vain.
There is no real, resurrected Jesus whom they serve. Worse, if Christ is not risen , then we are found false witnesses of God. If there is no principle of resurrection, and if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then the apostles are liars. Worse yet, if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Worse still, if Christ is not risen , then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If there is no principle of resurrection, then the dead in Christ are gone forever. Worst of all, if Christ is not risen , then in this life only we have hope in Christ , and we are of all men the most pitiable.
If there is no principle of resurrection, then the whole Christian life is a pitiful joke!
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It is true that being a Christian solves many problems; but it also brings many others. Paul, like the preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes saw little ultimate value in life if there is only this life to live. It is true that knowing Jesus and loving Jesus can make this life better, but sometimes it will make this life worse.
Paul only applies this principle to Christians. He writes, we are of all men the most pitiable. For the unbeliever, this life alone gives them any chance at pleasure, and whatever happiness they can find now is all the happiness they will ever know. How different for the Christian! See how important the truth of the resurrection is!
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This is not some side doctrine, to be believed if one likes it. If you do not believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead in a resurrection body the way the Bible says He did, then you have no right to call yourself a Christian. This is one of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. When you know what rests on the resurrection, you know why if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. The divinity of Jesus rests on the resurrection of Jesus Romans The sovereignty of Jesus rests on the resurrection of Jesus Romans Our justification rests on the resurrection of Jesus Romans Our regeneration rests on the resurrection of Jesus 1 Peter Our ultimate resurrection rests on the resurrection of Jesus Romans But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. Now Christ is risen from the dead : In the previous part of the chapter, Paul demonstrated beyond all doubt that Jesus rose from the dead, and the importance of that fact.
Here, he simply states the fact: now Christ is risen from the dead. And has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep : Firstfruits is the ancient Greek word aparche. In the Septuagint, this word is used for the offering of firstfruits and in secular usage the word was used for an entrance fee. Jesus was the firstfruits of our resurrection in both senses. In the Old Testament, the offering of firstfruits brought one sheaf of grain to represent and anticipate the rest of the harvest Leviticus The resurrection of Jesus represents our resurrection, because if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection Romans The resurrection of Jesus also anticipates our resurrection, because we will be raised with a body like His.
The Feast of Firstfruits was observed on the day after the Sabbath following Passover Leviticus Significantly, Jesus rose from the dead on the exact day of the Feast of Firstfruits, the day after the Sabbath following the Passover. The offering at the Feast of Firstfruits was a bloodless grain offering Leviticus 2. No atoning sacrifice was necessary, because the Passover lamb had just been sacrificed.
This corresponds perfectly with the resurrection of Jesus, because His death ended the need for sacrifice, having provided a perfect and complete atonement. Jesus paid our admission to the resurrection! By man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead : Here, Paul communicates the same ideas found in Romans In Christ, all shall be made alive : Does this mean everyone is resurrected? Yes and no. All will be resurrected in the sense that they will receive a resurrection body and live forever. Jesus plainly spoke of both the resurrection of life and the resurrection of condemnation John So, all are resurrected, but not all will receive the resurrection of life.
Some will receive the resurrection of condemnation , and live forever in a resurrected body in hell. But that the all here mentioned is no more than all believers, appeareth not only from the term in Christ in this verse, but from the whole following discourse; which is only concerning the resurrection of believers to life, not that of the wicked to eternal condemnation. Each one in his own order : It would be strange and inappropriate for us to receive resurrection before Jesus. So He receives resurrection first as the firstfruits , and then we receive it afterward… at His coming.
The coming of Jesus described here uses the ancient Greek word parousia. If Jesus is the firstfruits of our resurrection, does that mean He was the first one raised from the dead? Each of these were resuscitated from death, but none of them were resurrected. Each of them were raised in the same body they died in, and were raised from the dead to eventually die again.
Jesus was not the first one brought back from the dead, but He was the first one resurrected. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father. Here, in 1 Corinthians, he looks forward to the time when all things are resolved in Jesus Christ and He presents it all to God the Father, giving glory to the God who authored this eternal plan of the ages. When He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power : For now, God has granted a measure of rule and authority and power to men, to Satan, and even to death.
But all that is temporary. Jesus will take His rightful place as the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords 1 Timothy After the resurrection, God will finally resolve all of history according to His will.
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