1 Corinthians 15

Author

Jessica Fragoso

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 15

Observation:

*Paul is writing to the church in Corinth
*Paul talks about the meaning of the resurrection
*God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead
*Some were saying that there was no resurrection. If there is no resurrection, then Paul's preaching is useless and so is our faith and we are still in our sins
*In Christ, we are made alive
*Bad company corrupts good character
*God gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ
*Stand firm, always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, for it is not in vain

Application:

Because we are saved, we will enter eternity with our Lord. Therefore, my life and work here on earth should be for eternity in the Kingdom God.

Prayer:

Lord, please help me remember daily that your Son, our Messiah died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Because of Your incredible love for us and grace, I thank you for making me alive with Christ. Lord, I thank you for your unconditional love. Please guide me, teach me and keep me in the right path, living for You, Lord. I want to do your work here on earth until You call me home. I love You and praise You!



1 comment (Add your own)

1. Joel King wrote:
I like your application Jessica. It is a good reminder to make sure that I reflect more on my purpose in life which is to work on building God's kingdom (as opposed to my own).

On another note - Some may have come across 1 Corinthians 15:29 and scratched your head today. Trust me, you’re not the only one. Most Bible scholars who have written commentary on this letter have also wrestled with this verse because its natural interpretation (the living can be baptized in the place of someone who had failed to do so before dying) goes against the nature of baptism and salvation throughout the New Testament. So let me say up front that I have no explanation that is going to settle the matter.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says in regards to this verse, “Up to 200 explanations have been given of this verse! Most of these interpretations are inane, prompted by a desire to conform this verse to an orthodox doctrine of baptism. It is clear from the context, however, that Paul distinguished his own practice and teaching from that described here. He merely held up the teaching of being baptized for the dead as a practice of some who denied the Resurrection.” It also points out that “it is noteworthy that Paul referred to those (not ‘”we") who are ‘baptized for the dead.’”
From my studies I found that most people who love God’s Word and take seriously interpreting it correctly, come to a conclusion similar to the one above. We aren’t sure exactly what Paul is saying, but what is clear is that he is pointing out a practice, that others do, which is silly if fundamentally there is no resurrection of the dead. The point is that there is a resurrection, not that we should be baptizing the living on behalf of the dead.

Fri, April 17, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

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