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New Flesh and Blood - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 18
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1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Oct 21, 2012 am - Corinthians 15 is about the Resurrection of the Body. This was central to Paul's preaching, and at one time, all the saints in Corinth believed in it. Now, they didn't like being laughed at any more than we do, but that's what their Pagan neighbors did when the heard the word, 'Resurrection': They laughed. To their way of thinking dead bodies coming back to life was impossible, unnecessary, and revolting. It was impossible and revolting because dead bodies decay over time and finally dissolve. Our bodies are made of dust and to dust they return. How do you glue dust particles back together? And if you could do it, what would you have? At best, you'd have a statue made of dirt, and who wants that? On top of these common sense objections, there was a religious reason to laugh at the Resurrection. The body--the Pagan said--is a prison of the soul, and Salvation is an escape from the material world into a world of pure spirit. If the body is raised, therefore, there is no salvation; we're trapped forever. This is what the Corinthian man-on-the-street believed, and his beliefs had seeped into the church--and maybe more than 'seeped' in. If the Christians weren't fully committed to the ... More >>>

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