MONDAY July 24, 2018
Do We Have an Empty Faith?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty
and your faith is also empty.
1 Corinthians 15:13-14
Paul continued his logical argument for the Resurrection. He gave a powerful defense by reasoning, if there were no resurrection; then our faith and preaching of the Gospel would be in vain. We would be wasting our time if it was not true, there would be nothing after death.
The Greek word for resurrection is used 42 times in the New Testament. The word resurrection means “raising up.” The Resurrection is the central message of Christianity. Without the Resurrection there is no hope of eternity for anyone of us. There are three proofs of the Resurrection: our salvation, the Scriptures, and the many witnesses that saw Jesus after he died and rose again. Yet people reject the Resurrection, they really do not believe in life after death. Some believe it is over for good, there is no consciousness, and we do not remember anything anymore––that is not true. There is life after death!
Our salvation is through the grace of God. We also have the Scriptures to back up what Paul has said. The New Testament was not completely written when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, so the reference to the Scriptures would be those found in the Old Testament concerning the Resurrection of Christ: Job 19:25-26, Psalm 16:8-11, Isaiah 25:8, and Isaiah 53:10. Paul also saw Jesus Christ, and he had a powerful testimony.
Each one of us has a testimony. Through Christ’s death and the shedding of His precious blood you have been given the gift of salvation––freely. As people watch your life transform, your personal testimony can be used as a great influence. It can touch many lives and lead people to Jesus Christ.
The resurrection of Christ, as the evidence of the sacrifice of his death being accepted, and of the validity of all his claims, is a much more decisive proof of the security of all who trust in him than
his death could be.
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