Evidence for God’s Gift of Eternal Life
In view of all the death in our world, is the resurrection too good to be true? Paul is a powerful witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Saul on the Road to Damascus
Acts 9:1-31 (See also Acts 22:3-21, 26:4-23)
“…a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me.”
Something incredibly powerful and important must have happened here. Saul (the apostle Paul) became a significant witness for us regarding the resurrection.
Witnesses of the Resurrected Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The Corinthian church was struggling with faith in the reality of the resurrection.
Galatians 1:6 – To reject the resurrection is to preach a different gospel.
Psalm 16:10 – O. T. prophecy predicting the reality of the resurrection of God’s Holy One
Matthew 28:10 – Perhaps this set up the opportunity for Jesus to appear to 500 brethren at one time.
2 Corinthians 6:1 – Carry out the power of the gospel in you.
Reasoning for the Resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15:12-34
The resurrection of Jesus Christ confirms some essential truths:
Romans 1:4 – Jesus is declared the Son of God
Romans 4:25 – We are declared justified
Romans 8:11 – We are promised the Spirit and life
Romans 14:9 – Jesus is declared the Lord of the living and the dead
1 Peter 1:3 – We have a living hope
Nature of the Resurrected Body – 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
Do not use human reasoning to argue against the resurrection. The resurrected body is very different from the material body we have now. Paul saw the glorious resurrected body of Christ on the road to Damascus, and it was so great that it blinded him.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – To be with God we need a very different body from what we have now.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 – The trumpet of the Lord could sound at any time. If we are ready, by faith in Christ, we will experience victory!
—Robert Lee, 4-8-07, p.m.