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Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday's Message: All or Corruption

Paul reasoned with the believers at Corinth about a false belief.  He laid his foundation in the truth of the Scriptures, as we studied in the previous verses, and now he progresses into the root cause of their wrong assumptions.They were beginning to accept and teach that once a person dies that he just ceases to exist.  The Bible clearly teaches us that there is an eternal life or an eternal punishment for everyone.  Don’t forget, they did not have a Bible to provide clarity on these issues.The resurrection is a very key moment, not only in History, but also in Scripture!  Buddha’s grave contains his bones and in Muhammad’s grave you will find his remains, but there is nothing to be discovered in borrowed tomb of our Saviour! This has now been established as truth, and verified by eye witnesses! Paul continues to make his case by asking the question “Is our preaching in vain?”He is asking, is it useless or without cause? If it were, our faith would be also!  It would be pointless to share a faith in a person who is apparently a deceitful fraud.  If Christ did not come out of the grave;His whole existence would have been a lie, and we would all be going to the grave with no hope. He asked another question, “Are we found false witnesses? By that same logic, if Jesus was a lie, then so are we! Paul proved their beliefs and teaching illogical; as most false doctrine is.I fear it gets worse, if there were no resurrection, there can be no hope of salvation!  When you begin to change the truth, you corrupt it all!

Miserable! That would describe most Christians who are living a life as if the God’s Word is only partially true!  Paul says “Miserable” is exactly what a person is who is persecuted and imprisoned for no reason!!  Why live separated, holy lives just to rot in the ground?  Go live it up in the flesh, if this is all we have!  Don’t make yourself miserable throughout the only existence you will ever know!A life built on conforming to or adherence to rules is miserable!  The Christian life is not a life of rules and regulations, but rather it is a loving relationship with a wonderful Saviour.  Many people think that believers are all about their religion, but that is not so, we are all about a personal relationship with Christ!

I Corinthians 15:11-19:
1Co 15:11  Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
1Co 15:12  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1Co 15:13  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
1Co 15:14  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
1Co 15:15  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
1Co 15:16  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
1Co 15:17  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1Co 15:18  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
1Co 15:19  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

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