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The Naysayer of No-Life

April 13

 "... how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?"  1 Corinthians 15:12
 
 
 
 

"... Christianity's FOUNDER has demonstrated it to be so."

 

 

 

 

 

The greatest distinctive in all of religion is the resurrection of the dead.  Most tout an afterlife of some fashion or another, but Christianity's FOUNDER has demonstrated it to be so (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  In GOD'S record of events beyond the grave, all rise, either to everlasting bliss in Heaven, or eternal punishment in Hell.  That "some among" this group in Corinth would suggest "that there is no resurrection" struck at the heart and soul of the gospel and all that it entails.  These naysayers of no-life in the place of eternal life were abhorrent to Paul, spawning one of the most vehement rebuttals found anywhere in Scripture: For if the dead rise not, then is not CHRIST raised: And if CHRIST be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in CHRIST are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in CHRIST, we are of all men most miserable.

The implications of this most vital doctrine tether the terrestrial to the celestial, the law to the prophets, the grave to the sinner.  The resurrection of the dead is the lynchpin of Bible truth; and minus it, the wheels come off.  Men are generally able to cope with consequences of sin they can see and assess.  The resurrection however, poses a whole nether world, and if the Press is true, it is most convenient to belie it.  To the conscience still separated from GOD in sin, any consciousness beyond the final breath here, bodes of judgment there.  "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, ... GOD is not the GOD of the dead, but of the living.  And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at HIS doctrine."  The Word of GOD is replete concerning life beyond death; and  that doctrine is the blessed hope of all who know CHRIST, and the denied dread of all who don't. 

"Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that GOD should raise the dead?" 


For Love of Country
 John Dickinson  (1732-1808)
(Signature to the U. S. Constitution)
"But, above all, let us implore the protection of that infinitely good and gracious BEING [Proverbs 8:15] by WHOM kings reign and princes decree justice ..."

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