Biblical Concept: Resurrection teaching for Corinth


Background: Biblical resurrection was not understood in Corinth - NAS 1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? Some Greeks believed in the immortality of the soul, but had no concept of a bodily resurrection. Compare these thoughts on resurrection in Athens - NAS Acts 17:32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, "We shall hear you again concerning this."


1 Corinthians 15:1-58, Paulís Spiritual Doctrine of Resurrection.


15:1-11, Gospel and Resurrection.

15:1-2, Gospel review.

15:3-4, Of first spiritual importance: The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

15:5-8, Over 500 witnesses of Christís resurrection.

15:6a, 500 at one resurrection appearance.

15:6b, We have their names and locations: look them up! Compare 15:12.

15:8-9, The unfit Apostle: Persecutor.

15:10, An Apostle by grace.

15:11, The relationship between preaching and believing.

15:12-19, Denial of resurrection.

15:12a, Preaching Christís resurrection.

15:12b, Corinthian denial of resurrection.

15:13, Resurrection: All or none.

15:14, The relationship between Christís resurrection, preaching and faith.

15:15, Resurrection or false witnesses.

15:16, See 15:13.

15:17a, Resurrection or worthless faith.

15:17b, Resurrection or no sin substitute.

15:18, Resurrection or the dead are lost.

15:19, Resurrection or pity.

15:20-28, Christís resurrection has subjected all things.

15:20, Christ: First-fruits from the dead.

15:20a, Christ is having been raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit. See 1 Peter 3:18.

15:20b, The resurrected Christ: First-fruits of the Holy Spirit. See 1 Peter 3:18.

15:20b, Dead Christians are fruit to God.

15:21-22, The two most influential men in human history: Adam and Christ.

15:23-24a, Resurrection order: Christ, Church, then Kingdom.

15:24, Final glorification of the Father. Compare 15:28.

15:24b-28, Christís subjection of all things to the Father.

15:25, The purpose of Christís millennial rule: Final subjection of Godís enemies.

15:28, Restoration of order to every dimension of existence. Compare Ephesians 1:9-11.

15:29-34, No resurrection?: Why bother?

15:29, Spiritually: Why replace dead Christians?

15:30-32, Why suffer in this life?

15:32b-33, You know the Christian Way of Life matters: Morals.

15:34a, Attitude of improvement toward sin.

15:34a, The relationship between sober-minded and less sin.

15:34b, The relationship between sin and Christian witness.

15:34c, The relationship between attitude of improvement, sin, Christian witness and


15:35-50, Resurrection body: A heavenly spiritual body.

15:35-36, A foolish resurrection question. Compare 15:44b, 15:50, and 15:12.

15:36-38, Seeds and sowing: An analogy.

15:39-41, Earthly bodies and heavenly bodies: An analogy.

15:42-50; The raised body: Imperishable, spiritual, heavenly.

15:51-58, Resurrection: The imperishable victory in Christ!

15:51-52, Skipping death.

15:53, Resurrection Body: Imperishable, immortal.

15:54-57, Resurrection: Final victory over death and sin!


2 Corinthians 5:1-9, Eternal housing.


5:1, Eternal heavenly body.

5:2, Groaning for our eternal heavenly body.Also 5:4.

5:3, Salvation clothing.

5:4, See 5:2.

5:5a, Godís eternal purpose for humanity.

5:5b, Indwelling Holy Spirit: Pledge of eternal housing.Compare Romans 8:16 and 1

John 4:13.

5:5b-6a, The relationship between the Holy Spirit and courage.

5:6-8, The relationship between courage and death.

5:6b, Life = separation from Christ.

5:7, Spiritual vision.

5:8, Today is a good day to die.

5:8b, Death = being at home with the Lord.

5:9, The relationship between ambition and pleasing the Lord.


Conclusion: To educate the Greek Christian mind about bodily resurrection, in the verses we call 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 and2 Corinthians 5:1-9, the Apostle Paul presented a verse by verse teaching of the Biblical Concept of Resurrection.


P.S. For an example of a topically collected Biblical Concept, see Luke 24:25-27 and 24:44 for Jesusí Biblical Concept of the Messiah--Himself.



(Hyperlinks from above.)


NAS 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;


NAS Ephesians 1:9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,


NAS Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,


NAS 1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.


NAS Luke 24:25 And He said to them, "O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?" 27 And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.


NAS Luke 24:44 Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."