1 Corinthians 15:35-58
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There 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. 41 There 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.
42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As 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. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
The foundation of Christianity rests solely on the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The resurrection means that sin, death, and hopelessness do not win—Jesus does. It means the grave does not win, and the empty tomb is the final word of Jesus. It means Jesus really did die for our sin and really did rise for our salvation. The resurrection of Jesus promises that He will one day resurrected all those who believe in Him, giving them eternally perfect bodies. Let us celebrate and remember the life-changing, life-giving, death-defeating, joy-increasing fact that Jesus is alive!
1. Was there anything from the sermon or the big idea that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
2. What are some examples from nature of how death has to occur to bring about life?
3. As believers in Jesus, how will our resurrection bodies be different from our current bodies (1 Cor. 15: 42– 49)? Related to this, what is the difference between a “natural body” and a “spiritual body”?
4. What will it mean for believers to “bear the image of the heavenly man” (1 Cor. 15: 49) in our resurrected bodies? How does the teaching of Genesis 1: 26– 28 on creation in the image of God impact our understanding of what it means to “bear the image of the heavenly man”?
5. Immortality would be an awful misery rather than an incredible blessing if we were not changed but left in our current condition. Why is this so? According to 1 Corinthians 15:58, how does the reality of resurrection change the way that we live and serve Christ in the present?
6. How will you live and serve differently in the next week or month as a result of what you have learned this past Sunday and tonight’s passage in 1 Corinthians 15?
- This Friday night and Saturday, April 10th and 11th, we need volunteers to help with the Annual Muskogee Chili Cook Off. Please let Megan Forgey know if you are willing to help out with the cooking, setting up, manning our Ekklesia booth, and/or tearing down afterwards.