Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.1 Corinthians 15: 12-19
Theologian John Stott wrote, “Christianity is a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. Remove it and Christianity is destroyed.”
Biblical Christianity has no room for any type of resurrection outside of a literal, physical resurrection of Christ.
The church at Corinth had wandered off course and needed to be corrected in their belief about the resurrection. Evidently, they held to a belief that there was “no resurrection of the dead.” In response, Paul reminds them of this reality – “If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
Why pity us? Without the Resurrection the Gospel is false and you are wasting your time reading the words of another person to be pitied.
The resurrection is key, isn’t it? Knowing that you believe in the resurrection of Christ may be a tipping point in your life, but knowing why you believe takes you to a deeper level and a more effective light in our culture today.