by Dr. Charles Stanley
No Hope Without the Resurrection
In today’s passage, we see the apostle Paul challenging people in the Corinthian church who denied a foundational truth of the faith. Some Christians there rejected the idea that believers would one day experience a bodily resurrection. Because they assumed there was no life beyond this earthly one, they sought as much pleasure as possible with no thought about eternity. “Death is the end, so live it up while you can” was their thinking.
Throughout the centuries, many individuals have embraced this shortsighted philosophy. Paul’s rebuke rings as true today as it did then: to deny the truth of resurrection means that one’s faith is worthless (1 Corinthians 15:17). If the renewal of a body were impossible for God, then Jesus would be a dead man, not the living
Lord. Furthermore, His continued state of death would indicate He lacked sufficient power to conquer sin and evil — and we could never be certain that God wields the strength necessary to bring us eternal life. Like the followers of other religions, we would journey through life, hoping our deity’s words about eternity were true, but dreading that death might in fact be a meaningless end.
If Christ had remained in the grave 2,000 years ago, then He would have been nothing more than an itinerant preacher. This religion we call Christianity would have died with Him because believers would have nothing in which to place their hope. But He did triumph over the grave — we have eyewitnesses’ testimonies and the assurance of the Holy Spirit to confirm it. Our motto should be “Live for the glory of the risen Lord!”
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