WEDNESDAY July 25, 2018
Found False Witnesses?
Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—
if in fact the dead do not rise.
1 Corinthians 15:15
In Corinth and among the Greeks, there were people who did not believe in the resurrection. Among them were false teachers who tried to deceive and discourage the people. Yet Paul, with the love of Christ, tried with a logical argument to say that if Christ had not resurrected from the dead, then there was nothing after death. Then Paul and those with him would be found false witnesses. But in truth, Christ had risen from the dead.
Paul was a true witness of Christ’s Resurrection. He gave to the Corinthians his final analysis and made people responsible for the words he gave to them. He used the Old Testament Scriptures to back up the resurrection scripturally, those verses that dealt with Christ’s death and Resurrection before it ever happened: Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Psalm 16:10.
Paul had faithfully preached the Gospel. Those people who listened could either receive the Good News, or they could reject it. They either stood in the truth of the Gospel, or they fell away. There are so many people who receive the Gospel, but they do not continue to stand in the Gospel. Christians need to stand fast in the Gospel by faith.
Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand that the sign of true salvation was if they stood fast. Remember how he told them:
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).
The Corinthians could not have success unless they were fully committed and followed what Christ had said in His Word. They needed to hold fast to the Gospel. It is the same with each and every one of us.
Farewell, I wish our souls may meet with comfort at the journey’s end…
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