FRIDAY July 13, 2018
Preach the Resurrection of Christ
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Corinth was a Greek city. The Greeks did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Paul had traveled to Athens to preach and declared that Christ had resurrected. In Acts 17:32, some of the listeners made fun of Paul, while others got hooked by what he preached. They wanted to meet with him and hear him further on the subject of the resurrection: And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.”
In Greek theology, the people believed in many gods. Most Greek philosophies considered the human body as a prison, and they welcomed death as a deliverance from bondage. So they really did not care what they did with their bodies––their flesh was as nothing. It was not sinful to have sexual encounters. That is why sin was prevalent in Corinth. It was a city of pleasure where 1000 prostitutes would come down every night to seduce the men. Men and women had a great time in Corinth fulfilling their fleshly desires.
Paul wrote a great chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, which has 58 verses. It is literally one of the greatest seminary courses––an exegesis––that gives an explanation of biblical text about the resurrection from the dead. Listening to Paul, it would be difficult to walk away from this chapter not convinced that the Resurrection is real. Because Paul spoke on the Resurrection, he was also able to tie in the subject of the Rapture of the Church, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58––amazing.
The angel rolled away the stone from Jesus’ tomb, not to let the living Lord out but to let the unconvinced outsiders in.
~Donald Grey Barnhouse~
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