A familiar belief, even within churches, suggests that we are basically good and will be saved by God. In contrast, the Bible teaches that we are condemned sinners in need of a savior. We must understand the depth of our sinfulness before we can grasp the desperation of our need. Recognizing this, Alistair Begg walks us through the nature, extent, and effects of sin. We can be saved by trusting in only Jesus—not our good works.
20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God3 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 excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
In every generation, one subject remains a source of both fascination and fear: death. Is it really the end? What happens afterward? Even believers will often wonder, “How good do I need to be to enter Heaven?” Before we can answer any questions about our eternal destination, however, we must first understand the significance of Christ’s rising from the dead. At a time when people are increasingly preoccupied with stories of "out-of-body" experiences and reincarnation, Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 15 is unique and striking in its impact, providing the classical Christian discussion of death and resurrection. In this series, Alistair Begg explores the biblical answer to how we can face death with confidence rather than fear. In learning how best to die, we find the key to learning how to live well.
|The Good News of the Resurrection||1 Corinthians 15:1-58|
|Held and Holding Firmly||1 Corinthians 15:2-4|
|The Resurrection: Eyewitness Accounts||1 Corinthians 15:3-11|
|Testimony of the Apostle Paul||1 Corinthians 15:8-11|
|If Christ Has Not Been Raised, Then What?||1 Corinthians 15:12-19|
|A Matter of Death and Life, Part One||1 Corinthians 15:20-28|
|A Matter of Death and Life, Part Two||1 Corinthians 15:20-28|
|Our God Reigns||1 Corinthians 15:20-28|
|How Are the Dead Raised?||1 Corinthians 15:35-50|
|If There Is No Resurrection...||1 Corinthians 15:29-34|
|Total Transformation||1 Corinthians 15:51-57|
|Standing Firm||1 Corinthians 15:58|