“The Importance of the Resurrection to Our Faith”
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Therefore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone. 1Corinthians 15:17-19
We are living in a time, when our FAITH is being attacked and put on trial, almost daily. Skeptics pick it a part and treat it as though it is nothing but myths and fairytales. But God, the Creator of this Universe, tells us that it is MUCH, MUCH MORE than that. In fact, He has given the gospel message the seal of His approval, the RESURRECTION of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul tells the believers in Corinth, that had Christ NOT been raised, their FAITH would be worthless, and they would STILL be in their sins. Those who had fallen asleep (died) in Christ have perished. If they put their HOPE in Christ for their lifetime ONLY, they should be pitied more than anyone. And the skeptics would be right.
However, Paul did not leave them with that scenario, he continued with: “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (vs. 20) Basically, Paul was saying that the RESURRECTION of the Lord Jesus Christ, is a REAL, DONE DEAL.
It is the SURE, STRONG, STEADFAST, FOUNDATION of our FAITH and HOPE of REDEMPTION for our poor, wretched, sinful souls. It is a GUARANTEE of God’s promise to Jesus Christ concerning His rewards, which is the saints, those who are the TRUE BELIEVERS. It is also the GUARANTEE of ETERNAL LIFE for the TRUE BELIEVER. Verse 22, says: “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made ALIVE.” And God’s Word is TRUTH. That is ASSURANCE!
So don’t let those, who do NOT belong to God, the heathen and the skeptic, weaken your FAITH, but be STRONG, and STEADFAST in your BELIEF, knowing that you have a FOUNDATION that can NOT be done away with. Soon we will SEE Jesus, in His RESURRECTED body and we will KNOW that His DEATH and RESURRECTION is the REAL, DONE DEAL for those who are the TRUE BELIEVERS.
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are not a TRUE BELIEVER and you may be a skeptic about the things of God. If that is your case, then you are headed for an eternity in Hell, a place of perpetual torment, torture, heartache, pain, and agony, with NO ESCAPE. But God, in His infinite MERCY and GRACE, is offering you the opportunity to come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be ASSURED of the RESURRECTION of your body, the VALIDITY of your FAITH, and the GUARANTEE of your ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN with God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting, and coming SOON!!!