November 13th, 2018
Without the Resurrection, Trusting in God is Pointless
1 Corinthians 15:32 (KJB) 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.
The Apostle Paul was always moved to be articulate, or swinging for the fence when recording the inspired Word of God. This scripture verse is certainly a “Spiritual Home Run.” It begs each of us to ask ourselves this very same question about the resurrection of Christ and to ponder about our own death and to light a desire to be raised to spend eternity in fellowship with God.
The Apostle Paul had so much valuable life experience that his trials and troubles certainly influenced his close walk with God. Not that life experience can change the truths of God but that he was so open with the various ways he used to work to defeat men of God and then in describing how God’s presence was valuable in his new spiritual life.
It is the value of the risen Christ that Paul understands so well and he allows God to work and will in his life.
In this verse, Paul is driving home the point that if Jesus Christ had not risen from the grave and defeated death, there would be no reason to do anything towards eternity for there would be no such thing. Without victory over death a man could choose to eat and drink as he pleased, for there would be no eternal repercussions. There would be no authority of God to answer to for our choices made as we sojourn in this world.
However, we know for sure that there most certainly was a birth, burial, and resurrection of Christ. All mankind must, therefore, either judge himself against the Words of God or give an answer to Christ about his or her choice to sin and live in opposition to things of God.
As for Paul, he chose to diligently honor and serve Christ.
Paul drives home the spiritual truth that a man cannot do as he pleases in the flesh because Jesus Christ arose from the grave and God desires all mankind serve and trust in Him. There is no possible way a man can place faith in any god who will die or is already lying in the grave for doing so would make the cross of Calvary of no effect.