THURSDAY July 26, 2018
Faith that is Futile
For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
1 Corinthians 15:16-17
Notice, Paul was very repetitious in his argument for the Resurrection. He gave the Corinthians an important key in its defense. If the Resurrection was false, they remained dead in their sins. That meant they were not cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb; they were not going to heaven; there was no redemption––there was nothing––it was all emptiness.
How sad it would be if we had no hope, no assurance of our salvation or of our resurrection after death. If heaven was not real––it was found to be a myth––then we would not see any of our loved ones who have died. If we become non-existent, then we might as well eat, drink and die. But that is not true. Paul spoke about life after death––our resurrection.
False teachers try to destroy the foundation of the Resurrection, especially in the lives of young believers. They do not try to persuade those who are mature in the faith, but those who are babies in Christ. False prophets and teachers will always go after young believers and try to brainwash them. They try to take them away from the truth of Jesus Christ. But the Holy Spirit seals our hearts and minds, and, as we grow in the Scriptures, we can stand on the solid foundation of the Resurrection. We will be able to give people, those questioning our faith, an answer.
There are many people in the world who do not have the assurance of Christ’s Resurrection. It is so simple to go to heaven, and yet, people go to hell because they refuse to believe. Matthew 25:41 tells us that hell was made for the devil and his demons; it was never created for man. Through unbelief, man chooses to go into eternity without Christ, and without hope, into hell, and then into the Lake of Fire.
It is unbelief that shuts the door to heaven and opens it to hell. It is unbelief that rejects the Word of God and refuses Christ as Savior…
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