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Jesus the Firstfruits - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 16
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1 Corinthians 15:1-34
Sep 30, 2012 am - The subject of 1 Corinthians 15 is the Resurrection of the Body. Paul brings it up because people in Corinth were saying, 'There is no such thing'. All the Pagans were saying this because, to them, a body was the prison of a soul, and salvation consisted of getting away from the material world to live a disembodied life of some kind up in the clouds. To put it in words familiar to us, the Pagan hope was 'to go to heaven when you die'. If they had been the only ones saying this, I don't think Paul would have corrected it in his letter, but he does just that because, they were not the only ones saying it. Some of the Christians in Corinth were saying the same thing. Paul says so in v.12-- How do some among you say that there is no resurrection from the dead? How many of them were saying this, Paul doesn't say. What he does say is that it is a great error; it is inconsistent with believing the Gospel and living a godly life. No Bible doctrine is unimportant, but some are more important than others--and the Resurrection of the Dead is at the top of the list! The Christian's hope is not to 'go to Heaven when he dies'. When he dies, he does go the Heaven--you might say--but this is not ... More >>>

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