The resurrection of Jesus is the sustaining, stabilizing, supporting block that holds all of Christianity together. If you take out, if you deny the resurrection of Jesus, all of Christianity comes crashing down. Some in the Corinthian church were actually arguing that there was no such thing as the resurrection from the dead. So beginning in chapter 15, Paul testifies to the surety, validity and truthfulness of the resurrection. In verses 1-11 which we look at last week, he puts forth evidence and eye witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus. And now, in our text this morning, he begins to refute those who deny the resurrection. After all, if Jesus is not resurrected, what are they believers in? Paul shows them the absurdity of their position and the splendor and glory of the truth.
The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of the Christian faith and therefore, Christ’s resurrection is central to everything in the Christian life. By raising Jesus from the dead, God set in motion the final overthrow of death itself. The resurrection of Jesus is the promise of the resurrection from the dead for every one who trusts in His Name. Because He lives, we shall also live.
As we’ve read and studied for the past few weeks, the Corinthian church was dysfunctional when it gathered together. The Corinthian worship services were chaotic and random, disordered and formless. They were messy and noisy as everyone was talking at once, drowning each other out, talking over one another. Paul’s antidote is to offer guidelines that create orderliness, promote self-control and keep in mind a concern for others. Paul has previously said the goal of the gathered assembly is to worship the Lord in an edifying and intelligible way. Therefore, Paul gives guidelines for 3 types of speech as it relates to promoting order and edification.
In Acts 2:42-47 we are provided with our first summary glimpse at the interior life of the early church. While not an exhaustive description of the local church these verses do provide us with a wonderful vision of vibrant, loving and hospitable Christian community - the kind of community that all Christians should strive to see realized in their own churches, homes and neighborhoods.