Monday, February 02, 2015

If in Christ We Have Hope in This Life Only, We Are of All People Most to be Pitied

Have you ever been in a situation where it is you and one other person and it is your word against theirs? Further, you stuck by the truth and the other person was such a good deceiver that perhaps they were more convincing? Yet, you knew the truth and wholly felt it (and what is right) should prevail?

I do not know about you but I have found myself in such a situation a few times. I feel the same can be said for God and His word. He gave us the truth. It is beautifully written, in clear words, and yet a great deceiver challenges it and gets our attention.

When I am in such a circumstance, I think about God. He put it all out there for us. He gave us His Son to minister to us, to make sure we understood God’s commandments and the law, and then died (an innocent man) for the crimes (sin) we commit against God.

Did you ever feel no matter what you said, the other deceitful party would have an answer, a thought out manipulative rebuttal to discredit your words or cause any hearer to doubt them? Perhaps he/she is very charming and uses it to cover his/her lies and deceit.

Is it fair to say satan does the same? He uses lust and pride to win us over and distract us from the truth. Dishonesty and deception are poison. They destroy people’s lives and souls.

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 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. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30 Why are we in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
(1 Corinthians 15:12-34. ESV.)

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