Daily Archives: October 30, 2018

October 30 – 1 Corinthians 15:21-40

It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

1 Corinthians 15:21-40

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. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
“Let us eat and drink,
    for tomorrow we die.”
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.

SOAP Note

Hope in Resurrection | Shiree King

Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:26

Observation

Chapter 15 explains that Christ’s resurrection is important because 1) If Christ was not raised from the dead, believers will not be either and 2) If Christ was not raised from the dead, His sacrifice for sin was not sufficient.  Verses 20-40 show how the resurrection of Christ is personal to us as believers, as we will be raised to eternal life just as Jesus was.  Christ’s resurrection proves His victory over sin and provides us the power to live victoriously over sin.  Humanity’s final enemy (death) must be conquered through the resurrection to undo the results of sin.  Paul is saying there would be no point to living holy, righteous God-honoring lives if there were no resurrection: “Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die” (verse 32b).

Application

I thank God for sending Jesus to provide a victory over sin and death.  We all know and have experienced the power of sin in our lives.  Many of us are “scared to death” of dying!  This week I feel “done” with sin, pain, hurt – the way it has affected me and the way I have heard and observed it affect those close to me.  Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope and a path to our own eventual resurrection.  What a day to look forward to!

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for providing the hope of our resurrection to come, especially when it sometimes feels like there is no hope in this life. Forgive me for allowing the sin of this world to overwhelm me this week.  I need Your help this week to focus on Your victory rather than our defeat.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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