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1 Corinthians 15:12-28 ESV
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
I.WHAT IF THE RESURRECTION IS NOT TRUE (12-19)
A.If there is no resurrection of the body, then not even Jesus has been raised.
B.If there is no resurrection of the body, then faith in Jesus is pointless.
C.If there is no resurrection of the body, preaching is lying about God.
D.If there is no resurrection of the body, the cross is meaningless.
E.If there is no resurrection of the body of Jesus, there is no future resurrection for us.
F.If there is no resurrection of the body, Christians have no hope and should be pitied.
II.WHAT IS TRUE BECAUSE THE RESURRECTION IS TRUE (20-28)
A.Because the resurrection is true, Jesus can save us from our sins.
B.Because the resurrection is true, we get in line behind Jesus and receive from God whatever Jesus receives from God.
C.Because Jesus has been resurrected, we can know that we will be resurrected as well.
D.Because the resurrection is true, Jesus has secured the ultimate victory of God over all things.
1.What is your response to the resurrection?
Risk is Right in Light of the Resurrection 1 Cor 15:29-33