Pastor Ralph Byma
Is there Life after death? I believe in the resurrection.
Paul is speaking to us in 1 Corinthians 15:15- 58 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
Paul is telling the people that if they believe that there is no life after death and that Christ was not risen, their faith is useless and they are still in their sins with no hope or purpose. They are doomed to be ruled by sin.
Paul assures them that Christ did rise again. He met with His disciples. He ate with them. There were many more eye witnesses. On one occasion as many as 500 people saw him after he rose from the dead. In fact many of those eyewitnesses were still alive and Paul encouraged the people to ask these witnesses themselves. 1 Corinthians 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, 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.
vs 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
Stand firm, don’t be enticed by the world. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The message we carry is hope, and everlasting life and a future that we can look forward to.
1 Corinthians 15: 54,55 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”