Saturday 31 August, 2013

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

12 We have preached that Christ has been raised from the dead. So how can some of you say that no one rises from the dead? 13 If no one rises from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, what we preach doesn’t mean anything. Your faith doesn’t mean anything either. 15 More than that, we would be lying about God. We have given witness that God raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if the dead are not raised. 16 If the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith doesn’t mean anything. Your sins have not been forgiven. 18 Those who have died believing in Christ are also lost. 19 Do we have hope in Christ only for this life? Then people should pity us more than anyone else.

The truth that Paul told the Corinthians about how Jesus had died for them and been raised was absolutely transforming and liberating. Because Jesus was raised, I can know I will also be raised into the fullness of eternal life. But some in the Corinthian church “knew better” and told people there is no resurrection. The consequence on those who listened to them could be completely devastating (as Paul spells out here).

I need to be really careful that what I say, especially about God and what he says. If I tell the truth, I can set people free. But if I deviate from that truth I can cause real harm to people.

The truth is an integral part of my relationship with God. The Holy Spirit leads me into truth (John 14:26, 15:26-7 and many more). And it’s so important to take whatever I say about God back to the Bible and check that it really does say what I think it says (1 John 4:1).

Father, give me a real passion for your truth. Speak your truth into my life. Give me a heart to receive it and let it change my life, and the words to speak the truth to others with grace.

Written by David Cornell

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  1. David Newton says:

    As you have said David, sometimes we are called upon to speak the truth and occasionally we are called upon to defend the truth. It is clear from this passage that if you only defend one fact from the Bible then it should be that Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion. —-

    Your statement about checking what is said against what the Bible says is so important. In Acts 17:11 Paul commends a group of people called the Bereans for their commitment to checking what has been send against the ‘written word of God’.
    Thanks David

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