1 Corinthians 15. Forum Discussion

What does the resurrection of Jesus mean?

Chapter 15 recounts the greatest event in the history of the world!

Paul writes, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

As Paul finishes up his letter to the Corinthians, he wants to remind them of the significance of these events.

He begins by establishing:

  1. That these events really happened.
  2. That many people (more than five hundred) saw Jesus after He had risen.
  3. That many of those people who saw Jesus after He had risen were still alive at the time of Paul’s letter.

“That He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;  then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;  and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.” – 1 Corinthians 5:7

It has been just over 20 years since the resurrection of Jesus and the city of Corinth has become the “sin city” of the Roman Empire. Paul wants to remind them to live their lives for Christ and what the stakes are.

We all need reminders like this to keep from falling away. As humans we sometimes have short memories, even about the most important things. If we are not careful, we can get caught up in our day to day lives and lose sight of what is truly important.

It is interesting to see what Paul choses to write about next. In verses 9-10 Paul diminishes himself and exalts God.

“For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” – 1 Corinthians 15:9-11

Why did Paul find it necessary to write that he considered himself, “The least of the apostles?” Perhaps he thought that his letter would be better received that way. Or maybe he was simply obeying the teachings of Jesus to remain humble? Paul is taking the focus off himself and putting it on God where it belongs. As we work to spread the Gospel, we are wise to remember the importance that God places on humility.

“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” - James 4:10

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” - Luke 14:11

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
” - Proverbs 27:2 

Paul then writes about the relationship between Jesus rising from the dead and the world rising from the dead. He makes two key points:

  1. “If there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised.” – 1 Corinthians 15:13
  2. “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14

What a horrible world it would be if not for the hope that we have of eternal life through Jesus! As Paul puts it, “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” – 1 Corinthians 15:19

Verses 20-49 give us a remarkable look into what happens after death for those that will be saved. Paul writes:

  • “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.” – 1 Corinthians 15:20
  • After Jesus, “Those that are Christ’s at His coming” will be raised. – 1 Corinthians 15:23
  • We will have two bodies, a heavenly body, and an earthly body. – 1 Corinthians 15:40
  • Our earthly bodies are perishable, and our heavenly bodies are imperishable. – 1 Corinthians 15:42
  • “In the twinkle of an eye,” we will all be changed from our earthly bodies (composed of flesh and blood) to our heavenly bodies (spiritual bodies). – 1 Corinthians 15:44 

Paul also issues a warning and rebukes the Corinthians for their sinful lives. He writes:

“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

This is a perfect thought to end today’s lesson on. Paul’s call to action has three parts:

  1. Be careful of who we associate with. “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
  2. Stop sinning.
  3. Work to share the Gospel with those that have no knowledge of God.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at the final chapter of 1 Corinthians. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Hi is there an actual bible study group? Does anyone have advice on how to join a group for online bible study ??

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Sailor777

Hello Sailor777. This is an online Bible study. We are currently studying 1 Corinthians.

We read one chapter daily and then open it up for our discussion forum.

We would love to have you join us!

If you would like to be added to our daily study reminder, please send me your email at info@virtualbiblestudy.com.

Thank you and God Bless!

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Drexel Deal

There’s a lot I can take away from this chapter. However, much of what I would’ve said has already been eloquently addressed. So, I’ll touch on something that is near and dear to my heart found in the verse below;
Do not be deceived: “Bad Company corrupts good morals.”1st Corinthians 15: 33 

One of the main issues I address during my school assemblies with students, is to get them to evaluate their friendships. I do this by helping them to understand, that a best friend is one who brings out the best in you, and a bad friend brings out the worst in you. I also help them to appreciate that bad behavior is contagious more so than the corona virus. Then I share with them Proverbs 13: 20;
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” NKJV.

On the very night I lost my sight, there were three of us attempting to commit a crime. I was shot four times and thought to be dead, but both of my friends got away. I was repeatedly asked by police officers who all were with me, but each time I told them that it was only me. Simply because I thought it would be macho not to snitch, sadly, today both of my friends are dead. It’s a feeling of guilt I carry with me to this day, because if I had snitch, my friends would probably be alive today.
Here’s what a grade 12th student said to a news reporter after hearing my presentation,
“Mr. Deal’s speech was motivating. He made me think twice about the friends and company that I keep. He helped me realize that I should listen to my parents’ advice and concentrate on my education. It is hard to snitch on your friends, but I understood where he was coming from as ultimately, the truth always wins.”

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Drexel Deal

A powerful testimony Drexel. Thank you for sharing and for all of your hard work for the Lord!

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Yes I believe there’s resurrection because first resurrect from death and those who obey Christ must come back to life eternal in Christ

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Ime John

Thank you so much for sharing Ime.

It is great to study together!

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What were some of your takeaways from today’s lesson?

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John Galbraith
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God loves us. Death has no power over us unless we allow it. We will be constantly temped in life and we must strive against temptation while knowing we will fail from time to time but that we have the promise of forgiveness as we continue our struggles. God bless you for these messages John Beck.

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As these days go by, I find myself like a turtle living is shell. I feel lonely right now and want to associate with good people like my friend Richard who encourages me to be a good person but we are all locked in isolation. Thank you for your words today. They inspired me to keep a positive outlook.

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John Galbraith

Thank you for those comments Brother. Great to study with you John!

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Sal G

Sal - thank you for your email. We all are learning new ways to communicate and connect with one another. We are glad that you found us! It's great to have you studying with us! Have a blessed day!

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