How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come? Paul responded to these questions with several illustrations, drawing from plant life, animal life, and astronomy. Reminding us that it is necessary to be born again before we can see the Kingdom of God, Alistair Begg walks us through Paul’s analogies. The natural, perishable, weak body is sown in dishonor. We who are in Jesus, however, will be raised in glory and splendor, imperishable and strong.
35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
42So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”;5 the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall6 also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
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|