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Saturday, July 30 2016

1 Corinthians 15: When Will Your Resurrection Happen?

"So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body"

The resurrection of the Messiah was personally-witnessed by many people (see The First Witnesses Of The Messiah's Resurrection) - even by some who then tried to hide that it had happened (see The Sign Cover Up).

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"15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 15:11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed." (1 Corinthians 15:1-11 KJV)

Many Christian-professing people so no need for a resurrection of the dead because they have been taught the untruth that the dead are alive, not on Earth as the Word of God authoritatively says that they are, but "up in heaven" - that contradicts the Messiah's own words: "3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13 KJV).

Paul rebuked those who refused the plain truth that the dead are dead, while awaiting their resurrection to life. To deny the reality of the resurrection is to deny the Messiah Himself: "Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?"

"15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 15:30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." (1 Corinthians 15:12-34 KJV)

There are two major resurrections coming - the first, to spirit, on the day of Christ's return (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day) and the second, to physical life, at the end of the 1,000 years, when they too will have eternal life made available to them (see The Eighth Day: When Life Will Begin Again). The only way to Salvation for everyone will be through those resurrections (see the Fact Finder question below).

"15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:35-58 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) What happens to those who die? (b) When will they be resurrected to life?
(a) See Eutychus - Rising From The Sleep Of Death and The Postponement Of Death
(b) See The Harvests Of Salvation and The Biology Of The Resurrection; also Resurrection and Reincarnation: What's The Difference?


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This Day In History, July 30

30 B.C.: Mark Antony, claimant to the Roman leadership while involved with Cleopatra (see The Cleopatra Connection), committed suicide when faced with defeat by his rival Octavian (Octavian is known in the Holy Bible as Caesar Augustus; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

Bismarck and the Pope 579: Pope Benedict I died during a siege of Rome by the Lombards (see also The Struggle For The Papacy and listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).

762: Caliph Al-Mansur commissioned the beginning of the construction of the city of Baghdad, Iraq (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram).

1178: Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) known as Barbarossa, was crowned King of Burgundy.

1502: During his fourth exploratory voyage (all of his voyages were in and around the Caribbean area), Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

1578: British explorer Martin Frobisher landed at Anne Warwick Island in the Canadian Arctic while trying to discover a Northwest Passage. While there, the ship's chaplain conducted the first Thanksgiving service in the New World (see also Thanksgiving).

1629: 10,000 people died in an earthquake in Naples, Italy.

1656: Charles X of Sweden defeated the Poles at the Battle of Warsaw, two days after invading the country.

1793: John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, began clearing the lakeshore (Lake Ontario) site for the city of York, today known as Toronto. He called it York in honor of the Duke of York's victories in Europe during the war against Napoleon.

1898: Otto von Bismarck died at age 83. He was the founder and first Chancellor of the German Empire, the "First Reich" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1933: The Vatican, under Pope Pius XI, signed a concordat with Nazi Germany, protecting the rights of the Roman Church under the Third Reich (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: The Japanese submarine I-58 sank the U.S. cruiser Indianapolis with a loss of 883 men. It was returning to the U.S. after having just delivered the material for the atomic bomb that would later be dropped on Japan.

1962: The Trans-Canada Highway, the largest national highway in the world, was officially opened.

1974: During the Watergate criminal investigation, President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1975: Union leader / convicted gangster Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was never seen again.

1980: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Jerusalem Law, also known as "Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah, A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

2003: The last original-design Volkswagen Beetle was manufactured, at a Volkswagen plant in Mexico.




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