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1 Corinthians 15:20-58 - Part A

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October 4, 2022 6:00 am

1 Corinthians 15:20-58 - Part A

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October 4, 2022 6:00 am

The resurrection of Jesus is arguably the most important moment in history. In this message, Skip shares why this event is so important for you to understand.

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You have two worldly systems that were around at the time of Paul the apostle, neither of which believe in the resurrection espoused it all the speak of not only Jesus resurrection, but our future resurrection the face of prevailing ideology resurrection of Jesus's history today on connect with Skip Skip shares why Christ's resurrection is central to the Christian faith and why it's vital for you to understand at the end of the program Skip is one point share with the resurrection means for you everyday life.

When Jesus got up from the grave. It was for Peter evidence that everything Jesus ever promised and so it's like he predicted his death and he predicted his resurrection. Anybody can do that and it happens and you conquered death, then you look back go wild and every other policy ever said is possible.

And true. Thank you, Skip the millennia. Be sure to stay with us after today's message to you the full discussion right now we want to tell you about a resource that will nourish your soul with God's amazing truths rotate around crucial moments in decisions where everything changes, and pivot points here. Skip, I think in this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while if need be. You have been grieved by various trials. Peter is actually saying that there are times when God knows you see a trial to say exactly what is you can prepare for inevitable upcoming P that point in your life receive your copy of skits pivot points collection of six messages point package stinks to marriage depression recovery theory of the future and moving to a new location, or job. This package includes a personal message of direction on each topic from scant point package is, I think you when you get $50 or more to this teaching ministry by calling 892 1888 orchid online securely connectwithskip.com/offer. We hope will help us take our messages into the top 20 population centers in our country that's our vision for the coming year we help us make it happen.

Please call 892 1888 orchid online securely connectwithskip.com/offer. Thank you for partnering with that chapter 50 is rejoined for today's message back in 1922 and offer by the name of F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote an interesting idea in a book that he called the curious case of Benjamin button became a movie and so some of you thought that's all it really was, was a movie that Hollywood came up with that idea, but was an author they came up with that.

In the 1920s and the premise of the book. The premise of the story is that a man who was a septuagenarian old guy was born in a old folks home and he regress and became a younger, rather than what is human experience and that is we are born, and then we grow older, and it was even as a film, a fascinating film and a fascinating idea that you start life old and then you work your way down until Burke so along those line somebody wrote this idea down called my next life.

You said I want to live my next life backwards all start out dead and get that out of the way right off the bat, then I'll wake up in a nursing home feeling better every day when I'm kicked out of the home for being too healthy. I'll spend several years enjoying my retirement collecting benefit checks when I start work.

I'll get a gold watch on my first day of work 40 years or so getting younger every day until pretty soon I'll be too young to work so then I'll go to high school, play sports date and party as I get younger, I'll become a kid again, go to elementary school play and have no responsibilities in a few years I'll become a baby and everyone will run themselves ragged keeping me happy.

I'll spend my last nine months floating peacefully in the luxury spotlight conditions with central heating and room service on tap an interesting idea, but imagine having a body that never wears out. Imagine having a body that can never have a handicap.

Imagine having a body that never sags never droops never aches the one that never has any kind of the disease.

Any kind of a problem. We really can't imagine that, especially as we age, we have to think back a long time to remember such carefree days.

But imagine having something that eternally was like that you know the Bible promises exactly that with a resurrected body.

Your body resurrected in the future. That's what chapter 15 is dealing with. In first Corinthians chapter 15 Paul addresses an apparent confusion in the church at Corinth regarding the idea of a future resurrection a few years ago.

A pole was given to differing Americans and the pole simply said if you could change one thing about your life, what would you change interesting question is a lot of things that I like to change about my life, but if you could change one thing about your life, what would you change that you you might think that somebody would say, gosh of my my short temper. I'm impatient. I like to change that are I'd like to become a more loving person in this situation, but by and large most everyone. Their answer was a physical answer.

I want to change something about my physical body out, which I was younger.

I wish I had a different body shape. I wish my hair was different. I wish I didn't have wrinkles or whatever it was always physical when it comes to resurrection, and Paul asserts resurrection here. Keep in mind that when he wrote and again we did discuss this in first Corinthians 15.

Last time, but that was last month Solomon to recap a little bit Paul was writing against prevailing ideologies. Almost all of which denied physical resurrection. He rode in a Greek culture.

The Greeks thought the idea of resurrection was ludicrous when Paul went to Athens and preach the resurrection they thought he was nuts. These are strange things. They said on the Areopagus strange ideas that you're bringing to our ears because to the Greeks, the human body was a trap. The idea of death is to release the spirit from the confines of the body was something that was look forward to not getting your body back again to be trapped all over again. That was ludicrous to the Greek mind. So Paul was writing against Greek ideology and philosophy. Also he was riding in a Roman world and the Romans had no place for a resurrection. They didn't think it was possible their belief system, their religious system had no resurrection available or possible written about us so much. So you remember when the apostle Paul stood up in Caesarea and he preached to two procurators and one Jewish king, King Agrippa, the second that he spoke about Jesus's death and his bodily resurrection and the Roman procurator Festus said Paul you're out of your mind you're much learning has driven you mad your insane talking about dead people rising again. That's insanity.

So you have two worldly systems that were around at the time of Paul the apostle, neither of which believe in the resurrection espoused it so for Paul to speak of not only Jesus resurrection, but our future resurrection flew in the face of prevailing ideology.

Number three within Judaism and you would say, well, certainly, and that religious background. They believed in the resurrection yes and no. Some did, some didn't. Pharisees did believe in a bodily resurrection, for that matter. They believed in all things supernatural, but sad view sees did not believe in angels spirits miracles, nor did they believe in the resurrection. This is why during Jesus ministry while he was on the earth the greatest enemy of Christ in the religious world was from the Pharisees but post-resurrection when the disciples in every message in the book of acts. The resurrection of Christ at the center of their message like you would imagine the number one religious enemy. They face with the Sadducees because they did not hold to the resurrection. So it was not a popular idea and it would seem, some even within the church were struggling with the idea with all sorts of questions what's going to be like was the body going to be like to be able to do, how do you know there's going to be a resurrection, etc. so he begins the chapter as we saw last time with Jesus resurrection, and he continues after that with our future resurrection. I did get a letter because I realize that the idea of people having problem with physical resurrection is not just one in antiquity, but people today, even within the church have problems with the idea of resurrection. Listen to this letter that I got Pastor Skip why does God want to resurrect our body if we will have a new body anyway. Now apparently this person believes that when you die you get a new body. So why on earth would God want to resurrect this part at the rapture, those who are dead in Christ. The decomposing bodies the ashes etc. you hopefully get the idea. God resurrects polls back together from the four winds, so to speak.

Why why what's up with that good question on this question. Short answer is this the resurrection is what completes our salvation. God is interested in saving not just your soul but also redeeming your body itself. It's an entire complete process. Why, because of what happened in the garden when man sinned when there was Original Sin.

Remember what the Lord said in the day that you eat there of you shall surely die. And man has died.

Women have died ever since they died immediately. Spiritually they were separated from God.

But immediately Adam began to deteriorate, as did even they died in every generation since has so to counteract that death principle that was instilled into God's creation at the fall a resurrection is absolutely necessary.

Well, verse 20, even though we we kind of brushed down to around verse 30, 31, even down to 34 but will only read it. We did. We left a lot uncovered. I just one overlap.

He goes but now Christ is risen from the dead, the resurrection is a fact. Jesus died, was buried, and he rose meaning he's alive present and notice this has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Now do you remember what we said firstfruits was a Jewish feast after the Passover and the ritual was they would bring a sheaf of the harvest, and they would waive it before the Lord and the first sheaf, the one she indicated the rest of the harvest is coming as well.

Working to dedicate more than just one sheaf to the Lord, but a whole lot more is coming that working at dedicate to the Lord of our produce. So the she was indicative of more to come. Jesus bodily resurrection was the firstfruits. There are more resurrections to come. Yours and mine.

So Jesus resurrection is what guarantees our resurrection. That's the principle he is than the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep fallen asleep as a metaphor for death is that is how the body appears number one number two were called were call.

It's called going to sleep because when you sleep you get up again and when you die, get up again, your body will rise for since by man came death, that is, through Adam by man notice in your Bible at Lisa my Bible M is capitalize the second M for man.

So, since by man Adam came death, by man.

That is, Jesus also came the resurrection from the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive lesson we mentioned that in the Bible, Adam and Christ are seen as federal heads of two dispensations, Adam brought sin into the world.

Jesus brought life into the world. Adam caused the great fall of humanity. Jesus brought redemption both acted as federal heads see people think of Adam and they go.

It's not fair that Adam sinned, and I today thousands of years later and suffering the repercussions for okay I'll go along with you. Not fair, but it's also not fair that Jesus died on the cross, you are there when that happened and you get all the benefits just by believing in him I could say not fair you should have the benefits but you have them. So both performed an act that has repercussions like Adam sin or like Jesus death on the cross and we get the the bogus results of one and we get the benefits with the other that the M a.m., by the way, when you work and sweat when you do something and you pull a muscle or you strain your back or you get an ache or pain.

You can blame Adam when women have pain in childbirth. You can blame Adam but where part of that family. So we are part of the Adams family were part of humanity. And so, yes, we can blame Adam, but we can also bless Jesus Christ for his work as federal wars and in Adam we all die, even so in Christ we all will be made alive. But each one in his own order. We talked a little bit about that last time so I won't rehash the order Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at his coming. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the father when he puts an end to all rule all authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. So what kind of body will we have in the resurrection well our resurrected body. Since Jesus is the firstfruits of the resurrection are resurrected body is going to be very much like Jesus resurrected body being able to do some of the things Jesus was able to do were going to have that is in our resurrected body and earthly body glorified and earthly body glorified Jesus rose from the dead, and he was fully man, but glorified. He said touch me and see a spirit does not have flesh and bones like you see me happy was able to eat meals with his disciples and then he ascended into heaven, so today at the throne of God. There's a man, a physical real man Jesus in his glorified resurrected body in heaven at the throne of his father. He's the firstfruits.

So what is your body going to be like to be very much like that you can have your earthly body going will help a second look quite like this.

Hold that thought. Hold that thought. But it is going to be an earthly body glorified.

Not a new body your old body renewed your old body renewed. Not a new body per se. There is a one-to-one correspondence in the resurrection, you follow me.

Jesus died and was buried a new body didn't come up.

His body that was on the cross and died is the same body that resurrected so it's not like your body goes in the ground while you get a new body.

Now you got two bodies that's a problem, especially if nothing ever gets raised up Rigby to use talking to each other in heaven. No others.

A one to one correspondence. The body that goes into the ground.

That death is the body that gets raised from the dead at resurrection, but your body is going to have advance properties.

It's interesting when Jesus rose from the dead and was in his glorified physical body.

The same one that was on the cross but now glorified renewed when he was able to do, he would just appear and then vanish.

It's like he could go through walls there. The disciples are in the upper room. The doors are locked and all of a sudden Jesus is just shalom hello piece oh how do you do that and then he vanished from their sight, and then he was able to be in Jerusalem and then suddenly when the disciples were in Galilee just be transported to Galilee instantly on the shores of Galilee for a fish breakfast. Then he was also that body was able to move.not just horizontally but vertically he ascended up into heaven, the disciple stood on the Mount of olives is Jesus went heavenward up up up. So think of that in your new physical body and I and the reason hold only reason I can talk about your vertical bodies because if you remember when I taught an revelation.

We talked about the new Jerusalem and we gave its dimensions, we see that it is a 1300 mile cube so it's not just the city is not just 1300 miles across. But you can you have the ability or you have places vertically as well as horizontally and the only way you could really appreciate something like the new Jerusalem would be in a glorified body that could move instantly from place to place and go vertically as well as horizontally can have a lot of fun with this but I don't want to go too far because we only have certain things revealed but you'll you'll have advance properties. The last enemy. Verse 26. It will be destroyed is death. Revelation chapter 20 says that death and Hades were cast in the lake of fire. Verse 27 for he has put all things under his feet. Paul is now quoting Psalm eight he has put all things under his feet, but when he says all things are put under him, it is evident that he who put all things under him, that is God the father is acceptable.

Know when all things are made subject to him, then the son himself will also be subject to him who put all things under him, that God made all and all Skip a text message from the series explained first Corinthians here Skip as they share with the resurrection means for your everyday life.

The resurrection of Jesus has changed history and our lives forever if the teeth that can impact our daily lives as well get Jesus resurrection impact your everyday life. Here I was reading a passage when you in the computer were Peter who was follower of Jesus in the flesh, called the resurrection a living hope we have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and I got to thinking about what the resurrection meant to Peter in his life and it's here's how I look at it when Jesus got up from the grave.

It was for Peter evidence that everything Jesus ever promised was possible and true and so it's like he predicted his death and he predicted his resurrection.

Anybody can do that. But when it happens and you conquered death, then you look back go well then every other promise he ever said is possible. And true, and so that's why I look at it, the resurrection means when I read the Bible. I can read truth because the source is is the one who gave life and conquered death itself. And so that just brings a wealth of power behind every promise and and when I approach Scripture that way everything's changed wasn't Jove who said I know my Redeemer lives there and there is something about knowing that your God is alive.

It's not a God of the pastor. He's dad are a historical figure he's living, breathing in heaven, making intercession for us. I know my Redeemer lives think he is Skip and lagniappe. We have this conversation with Keith and lagniappe challenge you to keep pursuing God and his truth, you can help encourage others to God's word with the gift to keep teachings like today's broadcast coming your way. Here's how. Give us a call at 800-922-1888 to give a gift 800-922-1884. Give online connectwithskip.com/donate that's connected with skip.com/don't support is vital to continue encouraging you and many others with messages like this one today. So thank you for giving generously come back tomorrow to share startling insight


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