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1 Corinthians 15:1-11

The Resurrection of Christ

15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

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Note the premium the apostle places on the resurrection of the Son of Man! This is the Gospel of salvation for the Church who is *being saved*. Her hope for resurrection resides in the faith He gave her to trust in Him. With fixed-eyes on future glory, His people are presently purified. Hence the repetition of the word "appeared" following the testimony of Christ's resurrection. Our hope resides not in ourselves, but in factual history, in what God has done in raising Jesus from the dead, attested to by His "appearances" post resurrection.

application

Christian, are you dead to the flesh & alive to Christ today? ... dead to the lure of this world & alive to Him who graciously empowers through surpassing promises of His second coming, your Home going?