LIVING UP TO YOUR CALLING
THE FACTS ABOUT JESUS’ RESURRECTION
I Corinthians 15
1) Of First Importance, Jesus was Crucified, Buried and He Rose Again!
a)I make known to you… (Lit: I would have you know…) is this a gentle rebuke - Has Corinth really understood the impact? (vss. 1-2)
b) This is a tradition of Primary importance told by Paul and received by Paul (vss. 3-4)
c) Who saw the risen Christ? (vss. 4-10) Imagine the social impact of over 500 witnesses in a doubting society!
2) If Christ were not Resurrected
a) Your faith is in vain (vss. 12-13)
b) Your witness would be false (vss. 15-17)
c) You are still in your sins and fallen believers have died in sin (vss. 18-19)
d) It is a pitiful existence that we Christians would experience (vs. 19)
3) The Significance of the Resurrection:
a) Christ the Firstfruits (vss.20-28)
The firstfruits defined Lev. 23:10
The First Adam vs. The Last Adam
b) Our witness argued from life’s perspective (vss. 29-34)
1b) Baptism of the dead? Why would one even consider this if Christ had not died?
2b) Preaching in hostile situations? Of what merit would that be?
3b) Bad company: You are not witnessing but rather not even known as Christian to those around you! Shame on you!
c) The Resurrected body is explained (vss. 35-49)
d) Victory over Death (vss. 50-58)