I Corinthians 15
So, two chapters ago we got to hear from the wise and lovely Susan Landry on the Love Chapter. Today – we get to look at 1st Corinthians 15 – the Resurrection Chapter. I find it just a little interesting that when chapters and verses were inserted it ends up being 13 powerful verses on love in the 13th chapter. And, a mere 58 verses on resurrection in the 15th chapter of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. There are definitely some Important things that Paul wants to pass along regarding resurrection.
He starts right off saying that the gospel he preached to them IS what saves – IFFFF and only if they continue to hold firmly to it. He tells how he passed along to them what he heard of Christ, “of first importance” – his death for our sins, burial, and resurrection. What do we pass along of first importance? Hopefully it’s more than the weather report, sport scores, family activities, or Hollywood gossip. There is a gospel that saves – but only for those who hear it and believe and hold firmly to it. I appreciated Jake Ballard’s writings here on the devotions blog (following Easter – April 23-26) on proving the resurrection – first Christ’s, then the coming resurrection. If you know someone who could use some help in believing (even yourself?) it would be time well spent to do the research, ask the questions, pray for understanding, surround yourself with believers, find the answers, and seek ways to defend the faith and the resurrection.
For, as in Paul’s day, there are still many who will mislead (vs. 33). Don’t be one caught going in the wrong direction. There are many who are still ignorant of God – to our shame – we have work to do (vs. 34). While we are preparing for the trumpet sound, we have work to do. Looking forward to that great moment when we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye (vs 52)! Looking forward to that moment when death is swallowed up in victory (vs. 54)! And because of this . . . “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58).