Part one of a study of 1 Corinthians 15:12-34
As we look at 1 Corinthians 15, it will come as no surprise that Paul is about to deal with an issue. Can you imagine a church with issues? But Corinth was rife with them.
There were divisions and factions. I am of Paul, I am of Apollos, I am of Tim Keller, I am of Bill Johnson. Perhaps your church has factions too.
There were issues of order, of sin, of dress, of how to take communion, how to express gifts, and how to love one another.
But today we come to a serious issue – one of heresy.
Apparently, as you can see in verse 1, those in the Church of Corinth had received the gospel and believed that Christ had risen from the dead.
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1
Yet there were some preaching or teaching that believers would see no such resurrection. Rather Christians would experience some ethereal future of harp playing and haunting.
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? ~ 1 Corinthians 15:12
It may be that some of the Sadducees or their followers had come to Christ, and since they had a strong knowledge of scriptures, and had been steeped in traditions without resurrection theology that it was beginning to take hold with the flock.
The Antidote to Heresy
The good news is that there is an antidote to heresy, an educated Church. Perhaps a better way of putting it would be a church made up of disciples.
Christianity was never meant to be a religion at all, and much less one with clergy and laity. We may have paid folks who work in our midst, who are in fact worthy of double honor, but we – the common folk – are not supposed to be blind sheep being led about by the ruling class.
We, the people, are responsible to
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. ~ 2 Timothy 2:15
We are to be like the Bereans who left Church, went home, and – well here is what is said about them.
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. ~ Acts 17:11
They studied it out on our own to see if what we were being told lined up with scripture. I am not suggesting we live in a vacuum and make our own doctrines, but we need to test all things and hold to what is true.
We follow a Man who is called the Word of God, let’s get to know His Word, and see how He reveals Himself to us here!
Come back soon!