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1 Corinthians 15: Why the resurrection matters, Part 2

3. God’s Creation If the earth is going to be purified and redeemed, rather than being destroyed, then that affects our attitude toward many things, especially the earth itself. How can we pollute our planet and then defend ourselves saying, … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15: Why the resurrection matters, Part 1

Paul is insistent, not only that all Christians will be resurrected when Jesus returns, but also that this resurrection will be a bodily resurrection. The resurrected body will be gloriously transformed versions of our present bodies, but bodies nonetheless — … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 16:5-24 (Concluding exhortations)

Paul customarily ended his letters with a series of personal notes. It was a challenge to get a letter from place to place in ancient Rome. Normally, this was done by sending a scroll with a trusted friend. Given that … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (On the first day of every week)

Paul has now finished the serious theological part of his epistle, and so he moves to some practical concerns. One recurring feature of many of Paul’s letters is his collection of funds for the saints in Jerusalem. We aren’t ever told … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:45-58 (O, Death, where is your victory?)

Paul next returns to an earlier theme, the comparison of Adam and Jesus. (1Co 15:45 ESV) 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Paul quotes Gen 2:7 … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:35-44 (How are the dead raised?)

Paul next begins to deal with much more serious objections — the sort a Greek philosopher might ask — beginning with, “With what kind of [dead] body do they come?” After all, the ancients weren’t stupid. They knew that the body … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:29-34 (Baptism for the dead; Eat, drink & be merry)

We now come to one of the most puzzling passages in all of scripture — (1Co 15:29 ESV) 29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:27-28 (that God may be all in all)

Paul next builds on his explanation of Psalm 8 — (1Co 15:27-28 ESV) 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:26 (The last enemy to be destroyed is death)

We at last come to one of Paul’s “greatest hits” quotations, one we need to ponder for a while. (1Co 15:26 ESV) 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. This passage has to remind us of — (Gen … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 14:33b-37 (From the comments: Slaves who are elders)

Continuing to post material from the comments for the benefit of readers who subscribe only to the main posts. Reader John F posted a comment asking for support for my earlier statement that in early Christianity some elders were slaves … Continue reading

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