Sometimes the opponents of Christianity will attack by trying to show how supposedly our doctrines don’t make sense. The Sadducees, a Jewish sect who did not believe in any resurrection of the dead, attacked the resurrection when they asked Jesus about a woman who had been married seven times.
Each of her husbands had died after marrying her. I don’t know, don’t you think the last few husbands would have been a little concerned about getting married to her?
Which one will be her husband in the resurrection? It wasn’t an honest question, because the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection.
Rather, they were trying to prove that that the resurrection wasn’t real because it would be silly and immoral for a woman to be married to seven husbands at the same time (Matthew 22:23-33).
Jesus answered, saying that there would be no marriage in Heaven and that God was the God of the living, not the dead. He rebuked them for not knowing the scriptures or believing in the power of God.
In Corinth, there were those who attacked the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead with dishonest questions.
1 Corinthians 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
Read More: Our Wonderful Resurrection Bodies-1 Corinthians 15.35-44a-Levi Durfey.pdf
Romans 12:1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
I BESEECH YOU
“I beseech you therefore, brethren,”—Many times in the New Testament, you will find Paul “beseeching” or urging believers.
There are some Christians who believe that you are supposed to live the Christian life by letting go and letting God do everything. If that were the case, then Paul wouldn’t have beseeched so much!
The Christian life cannot be lived through our own strength, but neither is it lived without our effort. It is a life of cooperation with God and dependence on God—but it is not a passive life without effort.
Speaking of cooperation and dependence, that is where we turn next. What Paul is about to beseech us to do, he first says we are to do it in cooperation with God…
Read More: How To Be A Living Sacrifice-Romans 12.1-Levi Durfey.pdf
This Mother’s Day I would like us to look at a mother—a widow actually—who showed great faith in God.
Her story is found in 1 Kings 17, and takes place during the days of Elijah. Elijah, of course, is the big name actor in the story—but it’s the nameless widow’s faith that really steals the show for me.
Turn to 1 Kings 17:7-16. The first thing we see in this passage is…
We’ve been studying 1 Corinthians 15, the great resurrection chapter of the Bible. Paul wrote this chapter because some of the Christians in the Corinthian church had gotten the idea that, while Christ may have been raised from the dead, Christians themselves would not be.
In response, Paul argued that, if there was no resurrection of the dead, then Christ would not have been raised from the dead.
And if Christ be not risen, that would mean that our faith and our preaching would be empty and vain.
In the last passage, we learned about God’s Resurrection Program, which began with the Fall of man and will end someday with Christ victorious over every enemy of God. Included in the resurrection program is the resurrection of believers from every age.
In this passage, verses 29-34, Paul is going to show us how the promise of a resurrection can affect the way we live today.
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?
30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 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.
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:29–34)