Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 5 - 1 Corinthians 15

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Corinthians 15. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In today’s chapter Paul gives a defense for the resurrection (the body being raised to life after death). Apparently some of the people in the Corinthian church were saying that there is no resurrection of the dead. This conflicts with Jesus’ resurrection and the hope He gave us for life after death. First, Paul reminds his readers of his original message about the resurrection. He gives them three key points:
    1. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
    2. He was raised on the third day.
    3. He appeared to Peter, to the twelve disciples, to more than five hundred disciples at the same time, to James, to all the apostles, and, last of all, to Paul.
  • After reiterating his message, Paul explains how disastrous it would be if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead. If not, then we are still in our sins and without hope.
  • After explaining the importance of the resurrection, Paul briefly discusses baptizing for the dead. We're not exactly sure what he's referring to, but it must have been some weird practice of the Corinthian church.
  • Paul finishes by giving his readers a peek into what life will be like after this life. Using an example from botany, he talks about the kind of body that God’s children will receive: a seed is planted and dies before growing into something completely new, which is so large in comparison that it must be described on a different scale. Similarly, the bodies we’ll have in heaven will be new and incomparable to our present bodies. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The resurrection of Jesus is key to the Christian faith. And because Jesus  rise from the dead his followers can be confident that their sins are forgiven and that they will have life with God after death.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)