[1Cr 15:1 ESV] Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
[1Cr 15:2 ESV] and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.
[1Cr 15:3 ESV] For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
[1Cr 15:4 ESV] that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
Peter & the 12. 500 more; You can go talk to them even now.
[1Cr 15:5 ESV] and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
[1Cr 15:6 ESV] Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
Which James is this? James:
(2.) The son of Alphaeus, or Cleopas, "the brother" or near kinsman or cousin of our Lord (Gal 1:18,19), called James "the Less," or "the Little," probably because he was of low stature. He is mentioned along with the other apostles (Mat 10:3; Mar 3:18; Luk 6:15). He had a separate interview with our Lord after his resurrection (1Cr 15:7), and is mentioned as one of the apostles of the circumcision (Act 1:13). He appears to have occupied the position of head of the Church at Jerusalem, where he presided at the council held to consider the case of the Gentiles (Act 12:17; 15:13-29: 21:18-24). This James was the author of the epistle which bears his name.
[1Cr 15:7 ESV] Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
Ordained by Christ, Affirmed by the Apostles.
[1Cr 15:8 ESV] Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
[1Cr 15:9 ESV] For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Ordained by Christ:
[Act 9:1 ESV] But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
[Act 9:2 ESV] and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
[Act 9:3 ESV] Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.
[Act 9:4 ESV] And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"
[Act 9:5 ESV] And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
[Act 9:6 ESV] But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do."
[Act 9:7 ESV] The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
[Act 9:8 ESV] Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
[Act 9:9 ESV] And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Affirmed by the Apostles.
[Gal 2:7 ESV] On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised
[Gal 2:8 ESV] (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),
[Gal 2:9 ESV] and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
Run in the Grace!
[1Cr 15:10 ESV] But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
Holy Information: Holy Post, Holy Reply.
[1Cr 15:11 ESV] Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
Faith is Acknowledge and Trust In the Truth.
[Rom 10:8 ESV] But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
[Rom 10:9 ESV] because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
[Rom 10:10 ESV] For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
[Rom 10:11 ESV] For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."
[Rom 10:12 ESV] For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.
[Rom 10:13 ESV] For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
[Rom 10:14 ESV] How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
[Rom 10:15 ESV] And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"
[Rom 10:16 ESV] But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?"
[Rom 10:17 ESV] So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
I Emotionally, Spiritually, Behaviorally, lean or rely on the following facts about me and God.
1. I am truly evil in the sight of God and His Righteousness Law.
2. I will be justly punished forever for breaking His Laws and personally rebelling against Him.
3. I cannot save myself through ANY kind of deed or action.
4. God Himself had to supply a way to do the following.
a. Satisfy His Justice
b. Express His Love & Forgiveness
c. Design a way for a rebel to be reconciled to Him.
5. He sent Jesus, The God-Man.
a. Lived a Sinless life
b. Died & was punished with a sinners death
c. Raised back to life
d. Satisfied God’s Justice, Defeated Death, and provided any person anywhere in the world to reconciled to Jesus.
The Resurrection & Life after this life.
The Gospel Hinge: The Resurrection of Christ
If there is No Resurrection, Christianity is the worst religion.
[1Cr 15:12 ESV] Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
[1Cr 15:13 ESV] But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
[1Cr 15:14 ESV] And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
[1Cr 15:15 ESV] 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.
[1Cr 15:16 ESV] For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.
[1Cr 15:17 ESV] And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
[1Cr 15:18 ESV] Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
[1Cr 15:19 ESV] If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
[1Cr 15:20 ESV] But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Foundational Facts of the whole Bible is found in Genesis 1-11.
[1Cr 15:21 ESV] For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
[1Cr 15:22 ESV] For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
A Real Historical Adam.
[Gen 3:17 ESV] And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
[Gen 3:18 ESV] thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
[Gen 3:19 ESV] By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
There is no conflict between Empirical, Observable Science and God.
Keep in mind Laws are transcendent.
They do not need the physical to continue to be true.
They are above the physical.
Laws = Law giver. Windows 7, computer programmers
Complex Designs = Designer
It is completely irrational and unscientific to reject the Transcendent nature of TRUTH. Physical or Moral
The conflict is between Historical Science and God.
Why? Historical science are speculations based off human biased more than facts.
Example, scientist who hate God, make up an unscientific, unobservable myth to how the Universe came into existence.
Forensics: specific for a crime, but the concept is universal.
[1Cr 15:23 ESV] But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
[1Cr 15:24 ESV] Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
[1Cr 15:25 ESV] For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
[1Cr 15:26 ESV] The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
[1Cr 15:27 ESV] 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.
[1Cr 15:28 ESV] 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.