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1 Corinthians 15, Part II; Life after Life Oh-Yeah!

December 7, 2013

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Remember the Good News! The Gospel!!!
[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 15:28 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.

[1Cr 15:29 ESV] 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?

There appears to have been some obscure practice, of baptizing for the dead. Living people hoping the practice of baptism vicariously effected loved ones who had passed away.

Not common
Not continued anywhere in Church history, from the NT to now.
Cults seem to like this practice. Mormons.
*Theologically, Is a Major Conflict with the Gospel. Jesus Christ + . . . . . nothing.

Jesus Christ + ________ = Salvation (Go to Heaven)
If you add anything, you must keep track
Also, Christ is diminished

Works, Baptism, Sacraments, Church Authority,

Foundational Theology on Salvation: 5 Solas
1, Sola fide ("by faith alone")
Faith (That Jesus saved you) produces works, = root, fruit
Not: Faith + Works = You and Jesus save you.
The Catholic Church taught that we are justified by faith and the works that we produce, which the righteousness that God infuses in us through faith brings about. 

2. Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")
When it comes to theology and practice what is absolute source?
The Bible + . . . . . . ? = Authority thus Salvation.
Church counsels, “sacred” traditions and The Pope.
Church history, traditions are very useful in that they force us back to the original collection of writings (the Bible). 
 
3. Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
Grace + . . . . . .? = Salvation? The Sinless Life of Christ & The Substitutionary Atonement of Christ.
Works? Catholics have a merit system. Because the Sacrifice of Christ is not enough. People need additional ways to add to their scale of right and wrong. Penance, good works, Sacraments and Indulgencies.
The Catholic Church taught that we are saved through a combination of God's grace, the merits that we accumulate through penance and good works, and the superfluity of merits that the saints before us accumulated; the reformers responded,
4. Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone")
The Catholic Church taught that we are saved by the merits of Christ and the saints, and that we approach God through Christ, the saints, and Mary, who all pray and intercede for us.
5. Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone")
Who gets the Glory for you going to Heaven?
If you did any form of works for your salvation, you get some credit.
the glory for a sinner's salvation could be attributed partly to Christ, partly to Mary and the saints, and partly to the sinner himself.

Jesus Christ + NOTHING = Salvation

[Gal 2:15 ESV] We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;
[Gal 2:16 ESV] yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

[Eph 2:8 ESV] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
[Eph 2:9 ESV] not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
[Eph 2:10 ESV] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Back to baptism for the dead. Blip on the radar of bad practices. Paul was simply using the bad practice to make the argument of where are they placing their hope if there is no resurrection?

(If there is no resurrection. . . .)

[1Cr 15:30 ESV] Why are we in danger every hour?
[1Cr 15:31 ESV] I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
[1Cr 15:32 ESV] 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."

[1Cr 15:33 ESV] Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."
[1Cr 15:34 ESV] 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.

Whoa; Direct application: Fellowship and Discipleship. “For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.”

More details. .. What is the resurrection like?
[1Cr 15:35 ESV] But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?"
[1Cr 15:36 ESV] You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
[1Cr 15:37 ESV] And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
[1Cr 15:38 ESV] But God gives it a body as He has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

Different Designs in the Universe from earth to space.
[1Cr 15:39 ESV] For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

Different Glories: Highest Purpose in beauty and design
[1Cr 15:40 ESV] There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
[1Cr 15:41 ESV] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

Get ready for the upgrade!
[1Cr 15:42 ESV] So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
[1Cr 15:43 ESV] It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
[1Cr 15:44 ESV] It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

Paul refers to Genesis again:
[1Cr 15:45 ESV] Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

The Sequential Order of God’s design
[1Cr 15:46 ESV] But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
[1Cr 15:47 ESV] The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
[1Cr 15:48 ESV] As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.

The Image of Christ; Same design!
[1Cr 15:49 ESV] Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
[1Cr 15:50 ESV] I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Christians in the last day are going to experience something REALLY COOL!
[1Cr 15:51 ESV] Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[1Cr 15:52 ESV] in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

A Transformation; death to life.
[1Cr 15:53 ESV] For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
[1Cr 15:54 ESV] When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
[1Cr 15:55 ESV] "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
[1Cr 15:56 ESV] The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

Victory over death Through Jesus Christ!
[1Cr 15:57 ESV] But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Where are your priorities? Get to Work talking about Jesus.

[1Cr 15:58 ESV] Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Christmas is a great time to spend on your discipleship.  
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