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AG: Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the USA, was a deist-one who believed in the God revealed in nature.
Congress once printed a special edition of Thomas Jefferson’s Bible, in which he had cut out all references to the supernatural.
He confined himself solely to Christ’s ethical teachings.
The closing, somber words to Jefferson’s Bible are these: "There laid they Jesus, and rolled a great stone to the mouth of the sepulchre and departed."
Jefferson apparently did not believe in the resurrection from the dead, unlike Benjamin Franklin who was a fellow deist.
The fifteenth child in a family of seventeen children, Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706.
At the age of eighty-four on April 17, 1790, Franklin died in Philadelphia.
Franklin wrote his own epitaph which reads: The Body of Benjamin Franklin Printer (Like the cover of an old book Its contents Torn Out And stript of its lettering and gilding) Lies here, food for worms.
But the work shall not be lost For it will (As he believed) Appear Once More In a new and more elegant edition, Revised and corrected by THE AUTHOR.
Because the resurrection is the cornerstone of the gospel, it has been the target of Satan’s greatest attacks against the church.
If there is no resurrection the life-giving power of the gospel is eliminated, the deity of Christ is eliminated, salvation from sin is eliminated, and eternal life is eliminated.
A lady wrote in to a question and answer forum.
"Dear Sirs, Our preacher said on Easter, that Jesus just swooned on the cross and that the disciples nursed Him back to health.
What do you think?
Sincerely, Bewildered.
Dear Bewildered, Beat your preacher with a cat-of-nine-tails with 39 heavy strokes, nail him to a cross.
Hang him in the sun for 6 hours; run a spear thru his side...put him in an airless tomb for 36 hours and see what happens.
TS: God used Paul to pen our text this morning.
In the 1st letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes the church in Corinth to address a number of problems which had arisen.
One issue was confusion over the details of the gospel.
In chapter 15, Paul reminds the church that they were saved when he had proclaimed, they received, and they believed the gospel.
What was the gospel?
That Jesus fulfilled Scripture by dying, being buried, and being raise to life again.
Paul then uses that as a springboard to discuss the importance of the resurrection.
The Apostle contemplates some dire consequences that would arise if we only had a dead Christ.
[We would have nothing to preach, we would have no Gospel.
All hope of deliverance, from sin would fade away.
The one fact which gives assurance of immortality having vanished, the dead who had nurtured the assurance of life have perished.]
If Christ did not rise from the dead, then those who believed, believe an empty gospel, and nourish an empty faith, and die clinging to a baseless hope.
[We are far more to be pitied, than men who had less splendid dreams and less utter illusions."If
we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied" ().]
RS: If Christ did not live past the grave, those who trust in Him cannot hope to live either.
But because Christ has been bodily raised, the resurrection of the dead is the new reality for man.
The resurrection of Christ means the resurrection of humanity for they are inseparably linked.
If Christ is raised, then there is a resurrection for all the dead.
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I. THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, 12.
EX: Christ’s resurrection ensures the resurrection of all the redeemed.
Paul began with questioning the absurd idea which had been taught by false teachers.
Since Christ had risen, why would anyone still proclaim there is no resurrection of the dead?
The very fact that He is alive, demonstrates that we and all who die in Him will also be resurrected.
In Romans Paul discusses it this way:
Why would some be saying that there was no resurrection?
Perhaps some Jewish members of the Corinthian church may have been influenced by the Sadducees
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Mt. 23
Despite the fact that resurrection is taught in the Old Testament (; ...), some did not believe in it.
Despite the fact that resurrection is taught in the Old Testament (; ...), some did not believe in it.
Maybe they had been influenced by Greek philosophy:
a. Dualism considered everything spiritual to be intrinsically good and everything physical to be intrinsically evil.
To anyone holding that view the idea of a resurrected body was repugnant.
For them, the very reason for going to an afterlife was to escape all things physical.
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Materialists: Viewed this life as all their is.
After death there is nothing.
Paul quoted from Isaiah later in v. 32 to address their idea:
Dualism considered everything spiritual to be intrinsically good and everything physical to be intrinsically evil.
To anyone holding that view the idea of a resurrected body was repugnant.
For them, the very reason for going to an afterlife was to escape all things physical.
If the dead are not raised, x“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
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AP: Many today deny our future resurrection.
AP:
We are in an age in which so called scientific thought reigns.
Atheists begin with an assumption there is no God and thus no miracles.
Our life is no more special than any other plant, animal, or fungus.
They ignore all evidence which doesn’t support their preconceived beliefs
That leads many to the same conclusion that this life is all there is.
Why?
Because people don’t want to have to confront the judgement which awaits!
While the resurrection is a comfort to us who eagerly await our Lord’s return and the resurrection of our friends and family who are with Him, the lost dread the judgment.
While the resurrection is a comfort to us who eagerly await our Lord’s return and the resurrection of our friends and family who are with Him, the lost dread the judgment.
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THE CONSEQUENCES OF NO RESURRECTION, 13-18.
EX: Paul explores the ramifications of denying the resurrection.
1st If there is no resurrection, then Jesus hasn’t been raised.
He is dead
He can do nothing for people today.
It makes Him proven to be a liar.
2nd Ramifications to the faith
a. Preaching of the gospel is in vain.
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Faith is futile
vain (kenos, "empty, fruitless, void of effect, to no purpose").
3rd To deny the resurrection is to call the apostles and every other leader of the New Testament church not simply mistaken but liars.
They were eyewitnesses.
They based the gospel on preaching the resurrected Christ.
If they had contrived a hoax, they were liars!
III.
NO RESURRECTION, NO HOPE, 19
Why does Paul say believers should be pitied if there is only earthly value to Christianity?
In Paul’s day, being a Christian often brought persecution, ostracism from family and other social and economic problems.
Believers gave up the sensuous joys of worldliness.
There were few tangible benefits from being a Christian.
It would not get you a step up the ladder.
An even greater forfeit though is the lost of spiritual blessings.
Without the resurrection, and the salvation and blessings it brings, Christianity would be pointless and pitiable.
To have hoped in Christ in this life only would be to teach, preach, suffer, sacrifice, and work entirely for nothing.
To have hoped in Christ in this life only would be to teach, preach, suffer, sacrifice, and work entirely for nothing.
Since there would be no hope for anything after this life, then the point of Christianity would have to be whatever applies to ‘now‘.
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