1 Corinthians

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.

16-20If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.
21-28There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. He won’t let up until the last enemy is down—and the very last enemy is death! As the psalmist said, “He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them.” When Scripture says that “he walked all over them,” it’s obvious that he couldn’t at the same time be walked on. When everything and everyone is finally under God’s rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God’s rule is absolutely comprehensive—a perfect ending!

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.

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