Chapter 15; Verses 12-28 (MSG)
12-15Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection.
This is what I read for my study time today. I am currently working through a YouVersion reading plan. Sometimes I like picking a pre-organized reading plan better than making up my own because it allows me to just do it. I can log on to my computer or my phone app and just do the reading at any time. It is already set up. The plans are great for busy busy weeks.
Now, I am partial to the English Standard Version translation. That is the study Bible I have, and it is easy to understand. However, sometimes I like to check out other versions. Bible programs on the internet are great for this. Today, I read the Message translation after the ESV, and I really liked it for this verse. The Message translation is basically a paraphrase-so it shouldn’t be used for serious study. But sometimes it is easier to read and understand. It puts things in serious layman’s terms.