MONDAY July 23, 2018
The Truth of the Resurrection
Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1 Corinthians 15:11-12
So you do not get jealous of other people, underline 1 Corinthians 15:11. Paul explained that it did not matter who shares the Gospel with a person or if someone else leads them to know the Lord. Paul gave to us a beautiful concept. Sometimes we get to give out the Word of God, like a seed it drops down into the soil of a person’s heart. Someone else waters it, and then it grows. Then it is the Lord who does the reaping.
Earlier, in 1 Corinthians 3:5-7, Paul addressed division in the Corinthian church. He gave to them this same concept of planting and reaping:
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
Back in 1 Corinthians 15:12 Paul entered a logical argument concerning the Resurrection. He reasoned biblically with those who did not believe. We come across people like this every day––those who do not believe. Especially in universities, among the young adults; they have been brainwashed. Understand that if there is no resurrection we might as well go home and live like hell, because what hope do we have?
People who have no hope are empty, that is why they drink and take drugs, fornicate and commit adultery. People are not happy even though they may be rich; they are never happy about anything. Think of all the opportunities we have to minister to people like these.
If Christ be not risen, the dreadful consequence is not that death ends life, but that we are still in our sins.
~G. A. Studdert Kennedy~
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