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CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ’s resurrection confirms the promise of eternal life of believers.

STUDY TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-58
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

OUTLINE:

  • All Enemies Destroyed
    a) Supremacy Of Christ
    b) Ultimate Victory
  • The Believer’s Hope
    a) A Changed Future
    b) Christian Victory

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Christ’s death and resurrection and rejoice in the hope this brings.

ALL ENEMIES DESTROYED

SUPREMACY OF CHRIST (I Corinthians 15:24-26)
The resurrection of believers is not the only thing that is going to happen when Christ returns. Paul is not only showing why the resurrection of believers is assured, he is also providing the reason why believers will be resurrected.

In 1 Corinthians 15:24, Paul began to detail events that will take place after Christ’s second coming. After Christ returns, the present world system will. come to an end. At the end of this age, when all enemies will finally be destroyed, Jesus will surrender the Kingdom to God.

Christ is already reigning as Victor, verse 25, in this present world and He will reign until all enemies are destroyed. And the last enemy that Christ will destroy is death, verse 26.

QUESTION: How can we know that Jesus gained victory over the final enemy, death?

Christ’s resurrection proves that God has the power over death. Since Christ has already broken the bonds of death, he is able to break those bonds for all who believe in Him. Because of Christ’s resurrection, there is hope both now and for the future. God the Father and Christ His Son will reign for all eternity.

ULTIMATE VICTORY (1 Corinthians 15:27-28)
In further describing future events, Paul declared both the supremacy of Christ and God, quoting from Psalm 8:6. He was cautious to prevent another error in Christian theology by providing a scriptural base for Christ’s authority.

Paul stressed that God and Christ are not in a power struggle, verse 27. Christ, who is God, is working within creation to complete a restoration. Because of the structure of this passage, the word “he” in verse 27 could possibly refer to either God or Christ. Most likely, it refers to God. God is responsible for subjecting everything unto Christ. This, of course, includes death. The only thing that has not been subjected is “he (God) which did put all things under him (Christ).”

QUESTION: How did Paul reveal that Jesus’ ministry will finally be complete?

Verse 28 reveals that Christ’s purpose in coming to the earth as the sacrifice for creation’s atonement will finally be complete when Jesus subjects himself to God. In the sence that an obedient Son gives a free gift to his Father, Jesus fulfilled this overall goal. Jesus came to earth, lived as a man, died, was resurrected, and now works with creation to arrive at this one destination that God may be “all in all.”

THE BELIEVER’S HOPE

A CHANGED FUTURE (1 Corinthians 15:50-53)
Paul had already answered those who questioned the substance of the resurrected bodies, I Corinthians 15:35-49. In verse 50, he emphasized again the need to get our bodies changed. Because the eternal kingdom is different from this present life, we cannot enter it in our present physical condition — ‘flesh and blood.’ And because of the ‘Corruption’ or the decaying aspect of our bodies, we cannot enter the realm where there is no decay unless there is a change.

In verse 51, Paul called this change a ‘mystery.’ The word mystery is used in scripture to describe something that at one time was hidden but has been revealed as a later time. Paul explained when and what was going to happen at this change. Not every believer was going to ‘sleep,’ that is, die, see I Thessalonians 4:13. But all, whether death or alive, we are going to be changed. This change was going to take place in a ‘moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump,’ verse 52. Paul seemed to be describing what is going to take place at the Rapture. In verse 54, Paul again stated that the corruptible had to change into incorruptible.

This hope is not just for a future that will deliver Christians from current despair. The Christian life within this world is still ruled by Christ. Our lives can be filled with joy, and blessed by the hope of our future with Christ. Paul’s point is that no matter how we feel about our Christian lives now, what God has prepared for our future is beyond anything we can presently imagine.

CHRISTIAN VICTORY (1 Corinthians 15:54-58)
The believer’s resurrection is the final victory for the believer over the decay and destruction that is in the world. And part of the decay comes from the sentence of death caused by sin. But  Paul described a transformation process that provides total victory over even death, verse 54.

The sting of death is bound up in the effects of sin. By the power of God, the bonds of sin. By the power of God, the bonds of sin have been broken for the Christian. For Paul, this fact was worthy ofpraise, verse 57.

QUESTION: How does our belief in the resurrection affect our Christian lifestyle?

Paul concluded with a call to Christian commitment in verse 58. Since Christians have victory through Christ in this life, we need not be deterred in any manner from the purpose of God within us. We can work diligently for God knowing that this labour is effective.