Love at the heart of Paul’s conclusion to these Christians. This morning, I will consider closely Paul’s words in v 14, but then use it as the overarching imperative for the rest of the book. The big point of the conclusion of 1 Corinthians is Christians must do all they do in love. The end of this chapter shows how we love as Christians.
Christians must do all they do in love. How? Five ways:
The two verses contain are punchy, short commands that seem to flow with a kind of hurried earnestness. This is Paul getting in his last words with urgency and brevity. Looking closely, we find Paul’s words sum up the big ideas of 1 Corinthians as a whole. Moreover, the sort of commands that Paul gives to these Christians who lived in a secular, idolatrous city like Corinth transfer very easily over to our own lives as believers today. The commands sum up they can remain faithful to Christ in the future. The message is simple: Christians must remain committed to Jesus Christ.
Do not mistake the brevity of v. 58 to mean that the practical consequences of the resurrection are not weighty. On the contrary, the resurrection has world-changing results in this life, leaving aside all that it means for us in eternity. Here’s the main point: You must live consistently with the reality of the resurrection. If Christ is alive, and if Christ will really raise you, then you should live differently. Paul gives us two great responses to the doctrine of the resurrection:
In the last verse of this paragraph, Paul is so full of awe at the goodness of God to sinners, breaks out in praise. It is a sublime cap to this glorious chapter on the resurrection, followed only by the practical implications of our resurrection in v. 58. But why the thanks to God? Paul’s reasons are nicely provided in the verses that precede. God’s Word is calling you this morning to returnthanks to God for your salvation. So let’s see the reasons we should be thankful:
We must be changed. Unless something happens to you between now and then, you will be unable to enter the Eternal State. The good news is that God will change believers for eternity. The point is,All who have believed in Jesus Christ will be changed for eternal life. Even though all saints will be changed for eternity, Paul’s focus is on the church in this passage, for the address is tobrothers. The Spirit gives three ways how we who through faith in Christ make up his body will be changed for eternity.
In vv. 44b-49, the Holy Spirit wants us to understand how the risen Christ gloriously saves us by his grace for our future eternal life. It is not just that we will be saved for eternal bliss, but Jesus is the only one that can do this for us. How does Christ gloriously save us by his grace for our future eternal life? Paul gives three ways:
1.The risen Christ will bestow full Spiritual life (vv. 44-46).
2.The risen Christ will fit us for heavenly life (vv. 47-48).
3.The risen Christ will make us like himself (v. 49).
Some in Corinth had denied the resurrection of the dead. In answer to the doubting questions of those who objected to Christian teaching, Paul shows that the same people who doubt the resurrection for its physical imponderables are those who accept in creation very near to the resurrection. He is urging us take God at his Word, and to do so especially concerning the resurrection.
Title: The Practical Christian Life (Without the Resurrection) Part 2
Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:29-34
Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin
Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service
Date: May 15th 2016
Affirming the resurrection has great effects on our life as believers. The reality of our resurrection ought to effect profoundly the way you live your life. If you truly believe that the living Jesus Christ will raise your dead bodies, you will live differently than if you didn’t believe this. In our passage, Paul suggests three ways.