Is There A Resurrection?
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It was the case in first century church at Corinth that some were teaching false doctrine about the resurrection of Christ. Paul, the apostle, with his desire for truth to be known wrote an entire chapter about this topic so that they would know the truth of the matter. Some there at Corinth were teaching that there was no resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12). If that were true then that would mean that when we die we are dead all over. That false teaching would mean that there would be no heaven or hell, there would be no afterlife, there would be no eternity. Notice some of Paul’s inspired teachings in this chapter.
There is a simple, easy to follow line of logic that Paul presents starting in 1 Corinthians 15:14. First, if there is no resurrection from the dead, then Christ is not risen. If Christ is not risen, then preaching about Christ is vain and faith is in Christ is useless. They were claiming to be Christians, yet denying that the resurrection was real. What is Christianity without resurrection? If Christ didn’t rise from the dead then Christianity is useless. If there is no resurrection, then faith in Christ is worthless. The Old Testament prophesied that the Messiah would rise from the grave. If Christ didn’t do that, then He was not the true Messiah.
Paul Continues in 1 Corinthians 15:15. If Christ is not risen, then the apostles are false witnesses of God. All of the Apostles testified of the resurrection of Christ. They all saw, talked with, and even touched the risen Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:7 says that all of the apostles saw Him after His resurrection. John claimed to have heard, seen, looked upon, and handled Christ (1 John 1:1). Thomas even thrust his hand into the side of Jesus where the spear had been (John 20:26-29). If Christ wasn’t risen from the dead, then all of these witnesses to His resurrection were liars. The apostles, Cephas, James, and over 500 other witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:5-6) had to all be false witnesses if Christ wasn’t risen.
Then Paul continues his arguments for the resurrection. If the dead rise not, then Christ is not raised (1 Corinthians 15:16). Very simple, but truth. If there is not a resurrection, then Christ is not risen from the dead. Where does that leave us if Christ is not risen? If Christ is not risen, then faith is vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). If Christ is not risen then their trust in Christ is useless because He cannot be the savior. If Christ is not risen, then they are still in their sins. It is through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ that we receive the forgiveness of sins, therefore if Christ is not risen, then everyone is still in sin and without hope. If Christ is not risen, then all those who have died in Christ are just dead without hope (1 Corinthians 15:17). If Christ is not risen, then our only hope in Christ is in this life. How miserable is Christianity if it is only lived for this life (1 Corinthians 15:19)?
Then Paul spends the rest of the chapter reaffirming the fact that Christ rose from the dead and our hope is an eternal hope.
Truth sometimes is misrepresented. Truth sometimes is misunderstood and in both cases it leads to falsehoods being spread. One can mean well and still be wrong. One can be sincere and still be wrong. Yet anyone who is truly sincere will receive the truth when they are presented with that truth and they will do so regardless of the consequences.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 says, "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.