Not only would the proclamation of the Gospel be worthless but for those who put their faith in the truths that Paul and the other Apostles taught there would be no hope. Their faith would be kenos meaning empty, groundless and of no value to them at all. Paul has just told them that the core of the Gospel is three faceted - that Jesus lived (implied by the notion that only a living person can experience death), that He died and that He was raised from the dead. Commenting on these verses Dr. MacArthur said “Apart from the resurrection of Jesus could not have conquered sin or death or hell, and those three great evils would forever be man’s conquerors.” Removing any part of that truth and the preaching of the Gospel would have no more value than the snake oil salesman who offers an elixir to heal all maladies but in fact can heal none. If there were no resurrection not only would the faith of those chronicled in , that great testament to the faithfulness of Biblical characters, be a sad record of the duped and duplicitous but so would the treasured stories of men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, John Knox, Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards…the list could go on and on. If there were no resurrection, not only should anyone who falls victim to this preaching be pitied but the practitioners of such a practice should be pitied as well.