The Truth of Resurrection and its Effects
Corinthians 15

The Gospel Founded on the Resurrection of Christ (15:1-2)

 But I make known to you, brethren, the glad tidings which I announced to you, which also ye received, in which also ye stand, 2 by which also ye are saved, (if ye hold fast the word which I announced to you as the glad tidings,) unless indeed ye have believed in vain. 

Resurrection Attested By Scripture (15:3-4)

3 For I delivered to you, in the first place, what also I had received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried; and that he was raised the third day, according to the scriptures; 

Resurrection Attested By Eye-Witness (15:5-11)

  • CEPHAS (15:5A)
  • THE TWELVE (15:5B)
  • JAMES (15:7A)
  • THE APOSTLE PAUL (15:8-11)

Early Eye-witnesses (15:5-7)

5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the most remain until now, but some also have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James; then to all the apostles; 

The Apostle Paul (15:8)

8 and last of all, as to an abortion, he appeared to *me* also. 

(Paul's Humble Autobiography) (15:9-10)

9 For *I* am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called apostle, because I have persecuted the assembly of God. 10 But by God’s grace I am what I am; and his grace, which was towards me, has not been vain; but I have laboured more abundantly than they all, but not *I*, but the grace of God which was with me. 

The Corinthians Converted by the Message of the Gospel (15:11)

11 Whether, therefore, I or they, thus we preach, and thus ye have believed. 

Seven Logical Consequences of Denying the Resurrection (15:12-19)

Result #1: The Old Testament Scriptures Are False (15:12)

12 Now if Christ is preached that he is raised from among the dead, how say some among you that there is not a resurrection of those that are dead? 

Result #2: Christ Is Not Risen & We Have No Savior (15:13)

13 But if there is not a resurrection of those that are dead, neither is Christ raised: 

Result #3: Our Personal Faith Is In Vain (15:14)

14 but if Christ is not raised, then, indeed, vain also is our preaching, and vain also your faith. 

Result #4: The New Testament Scriptures Are False (15:15)

15 And we are found also false witnesses of God; for we have witnessed concerning God that he raised the Christ, whom he has not raised if indeed those that are dead are not raised. 

Result #5: We Are Still In Our Sins (15:16-17)

16 For if those that are dead are not raised, neither is Christ raised; 17 but if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 

Result #6: The Sleeping Saints Have Perished (15:18)

18 Then indeed also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 

Result #7: We Have No Hope Beyond This World: Most Miserable (15:19)

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are the most miserable of all men. 

The Glorious Results of the Resurrection being Absolutely True (15:20-28)

In Adam All Die, in Christ Shall All Be Made Alive (15:20-23)

 20 (But now Christ is raised from among the dead, first-fruits of those fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by man also resurrection of those that are dead. 22 For as in the Adam all die, thus also in the Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each in his own rank: the first-fruits, Christ; then those that are the Christ’s at his coming. v.23 It is interesting that it says "they that are Christ's" not "they that are in Christ." if it was "in Christ" - denoting the Christian position in God's sight – then only the Church is raised at that time... but it sounds like it includes all those who belong to Christ, including O.T. saints. I Thess. 4:17 says "in Christ", so in that chapter the Church is in view.

The Millennium and the Eternal State (15:24-28)

24 Then the end, when he gives up the kingdom to him who is God and Father; when he shall have annulled all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that is annulled is death. 27 For he has put all things in subjection under his feet. But when he says that all things are put in subjection, it is evident that it is except him who put all things in subjection to him. 28 But when all things shall have been brought into subjection to him, then the Son also himself shall be placed in subjection to him who put all things in subjection to him, that God may be all in all.) 

Practical Effects of the Resurrection in the Lives of Christians (15:29-34)

 29 Since what shall the baptised for the dead do if those that are dead rise not at all? why also are they baptised for them? 30 Why do *we* also endanger ourselves every hour? 31 Daily I die, by your boasting which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If, to speak after the manner of man, I have fought with beasts in Ephesus, what is the profit to me if those that are dead do not rise? let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die. 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake up righteously, and sin not; for some are ignorant of God: I speak to you as a matter of shame. 

The Glorious Manner of Resurrection (15:35-50)

The Manner of Resurrection Evidenced in Creation (15:35-41)

 35 But some one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what body do they come? 

Seeds are Planted in the Ground, but Spring Up as a Plant (15:36-38)

36 Fool; what *thou* sowest is not quickened unless it die. v.36 The first point he makes is that seeds have to die before they can be raised.

37 And what thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but a bare grain: it may be of wheat, or some one of the rest: 38 and God gives to it a body as he has pleased, and to each of the seeds its own body. vv.37-38 You don’t plant a corn stalk…. you plant a corn seed. You expect it to spring up as a cork stalk, but don’t know why… every seed has its own corresponding body. God is the one that turns a corn seed into a corn stalk “as it hath pleased him”. So with our bodies. They are put into the ground (“and die” John 12:24) and then are riased by God in a new format, according to his design.

God Chose to Create many Types of Flesh (15:39)

39 Every flesh is not the same flesh, but one is of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes. v.39 God could have chosen to create all flesh the same… for example, there could have been only fish, no mammals, etc. But He demonstrated his power to create many different kinds. Why should we be surprised that our resurrection bodies will be a “different kind” of flesh then our mortal bodies?

God Chose to Create many Terrestrial & Celestial Bodies (15:40-41)

40 And there are heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies: but different is the glory of the heavenly, different that of the earthly: 41 one the sun’s glory, and another the moon’s glory, and another the stars’ glory; for star differs from star in glory. vv.40-41 God could have chosen to create all planets and stars the same… for example, there could have been only stars, no planets, etc. But He demonstrated his power to create many different TERRESTRIAL & CELESTIAL BODIES. Why should we be surprised that our resurrection bodies will be a “different kind” of body then our mortal bodies?

The Glorious Manner of Resurrection (15:42-50)

42 Thus also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruptibility. 43 It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body: if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one45 Thus also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam a quickening spirit. 46 But that which is spiritual was not first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual: 47 the first man out of the earth, made of dust; the second man, out of heaven. 48 Such as he made of dust, such also those made of dust; and such as the heavenly one, such also the heavenly ones49 And as we have borne the image of the one made of dust, we shall bear also the image of the heavenly one50 But this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruptibility. 

The Event of Resurrection and Notes of Victory (15:51-58)

 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and *we* shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must needs put on incorruptibility, and this mortal put on immortality. 54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptibility, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the word written: Death has been swallowed up in victory. 55 Where, O death, is thy sting? where, O death, thy victory? 56 Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin the law; 57 but thanks to God, who gives us the victory by our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 So then, my beloved brethren, be firm, immovable, abounding always in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.