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1 Corinthians 15:20-23, 58

1 Corinthians 15:20-23, 58

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I. The invincible enemy “Death” was defeated when Jesus rose from the dead (verse 26, 20)

1. Those who belong to Jesus, the consequence of Adam’s sin has come to an end

(a) Adam brought sin and death in to human race (vv. 21-22)
(b) Adam was from natural, made of dust (vv. 45-47)
(c) All human being inherited Adam’s likeness before the Divine Atonement (verse 48-49)
(d) Jesus is the life-giving Spirit, is from heaven (vv. 45-47)
(e) Jesus took the sting of death from the believers of Jesus (vv. 54-57)
(f) Those in Christ will inherit Jesus’ likeness after His Resurrection (vv. 48-49)

2. And they have the benefit of Jesus’ resurrection—life (cf. vv. 50-57) (to some extent, they can experience a realized eschatology)

3. Jesus is the first fruit, meaning “more to come” (vv. 20, 23)

II. The Resurrected Jesus appeared to Apostle Paul when he was persecuting the Christians (vv. 8-11)

1. Encountering the Resurrected Jesus transformed Apostle Paul

2. Instead of persecuting the Christians, he began to preach about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus—to him, Jesus is the Lord and Messiah

3. According to Apostle Paul, to some extent he worked harder than the other Apostles

4. He was willing to risk his life to preach the Resurrected Christ (v. 32)

III. Some Corinthian believers let some heretical teachers influence their faith (vv. 1-2; 34-35)

1. Consequently, they began to question bodily resurrection of Jesus and their own resurrection

2. Most likely, they were unstable in their faith that Paul preached to them (cf. vv. 1-2)

IV. Therefore, Paul exhorts Corinthian Christians to do two things (v. 58)

1. Stand fast and immovable: be firm (Unmovable inwardly)
2. Work enthusiastically for the Lord Jesus
3. Because nothing they did for the Lord was going to go waste

V. Take Away

Stand firm, immovable, and work enthusiastically

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org