Last week, we looked at Gabriel’s announcement of the birth of John the Baptist yo Zachariah. This passage, where the birth the Christ is announced to he virgin Mary, is known to Christians as the annunciation. As Luke tells us of the annunciation, there are three central lessons important for us to notice.
Special Note: This sermon by Kevin Bauder, preached nearly one decade ago at this church, excellently applies the 3rd commandment to believers today. This sermon was especially formative for Pastor Martin. The sermon was lost in the transition to the current website several years ago. This sermon, however, was “rediscovered” and is now re-posted to the church’s website for your edification in conjunction with Pastor Martin’s own attempt to preach this great text of Holy Scripture.
We looked at the first four consequences of denying the resurrection of the dead last week They all point to the main point of vv. 11-19, that the doctrine of a bodily resurrection is absolutely essential to the Christian faith. Paul has been slowly building a chain of consequences, one upon another. Today we look at the final three consequences of denying this doctrine.
Those who hold doctrinal error often do not realize the great doctrinal errors that flow out of that first initial error. By showing the consequences of a denial of the resurrection, the main point Paul makes is that the doctrine of a bodily resurrection is absolutely essential to the Christian faith. You cannot have Christianity without a bodily resurrection. We might ask why is this doctrine so important? Paul gives seven dreadful consequences of denying this doctrine.