The Apostle Paul, in discussing the resurrection of the dead, came to the simple and valid conclusion, "If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen" (1 Corinthians 15:13 ).
But the Apostle Paul does not stop here. Listen to what he says as he presses a further argument home, "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain" (1 Corinthians 15:14 ). And this leads to yet another conclusion, "If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished" (1 Corinthians 15:17-18 ).
These are frank words about stern realities. If there is no such thing as the bodily resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised from the dead, and if such is the case we have NO living Savior.
But granting all this, can we believe in what is palpably impossible? Ah, but is resurrection palpably impossible? The Apostle Paul answers this question quite simply in this same discussion, in 1 Corinthians 15 :
"But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?" (1 Corinthians 15:35 ).
Mark well, this is not an interested inquiry, but a challenge, meant to prove that resurrection is impossible, and the Apostle answers it this way:
"Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die" (1 Corinthians 15:36 ).
What a devastating reply! We can go around and point out all the reasons why resurrection is "impossible," but after all is said and done we are still surrounded by overwhelming evidence that it is a fact. Every blade of grass, every ear of corn, every beautiful flower bears witness to the fact of resurrection from the dead.
Yes, Christ is alive from the dead, and, "able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him" (Hebrews 7:25 ).
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )
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