1 Corinthians 15:32-34 and Christian Living

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There is no more radically Christian concept than the resurrection of the dead, led off with the resurrection of Jesus as proof of its reality.  Early on in the life of the Church there were many who could not wrap their brains around this idea.  Jewish people had a hard time with it because they understood the resurrection to be at “the end of all things” and all the righteous would be raised at the same time, not just one individual before then.  Gentiles had a hard time with it because Greco-Roman thought held that the body was evil and the goal of life was to escape physicality, so the idea of having a physical body for eternity was a foreign concept.

The situation in Corinth was borne out of the latter understanding.  Christians there denied the resurrection because it was completely foreign to their understanding of how the universe worked.  Paul counters this with a long impassioned defense of the resurrection.  It is in this defense that Paul writes

From a human point of view, what good does it do me if I fought wild animals in Ephesus? If the dead aren’t raised, let’s eat and drink because tomorrow we’ll die.  Don’t be deceived, bad company corrupts good character.  Sober up by acting like you should and don’t sin. Some of you are ignorant about God—I say this because you should be ashamed of yourselves!

Resurrection can be troublesome for humanity because it means that we will have ample time to deal with the consequences of our lives.  If we are Christians and we deny Christ, either verbally or non-verbally by living wantonly sinful lives, we will still be resurrected and face the consequences of those choices.  If we keep the faith in the face of persecution or even more simply in our everyday choices and actions, we will be resurrected and face the consequences of those choices.  Resurrection has direct bearing on Christian living.

Think about it.

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