1 Corinthians 15:22 says,
“For as in Adam all die, so
in Christ all will be made alive.”
Nobody wants to die.
Yet everybody dies.
But the good news is that “in
Christ” all will be made alive!
What does this mean?
What is Paul, the writer of 1
Corinthians, writing about when he says, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ
all will be made alive”?
Let’s take a look at the
Some in Corinth were
believers in Christ, his death, and resurrection, but not believers in the
resurrection of those who belonged to Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:12).
1 One of the most beloved set of verses in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
It is known and quoted by many people.
It is widely read in wedding ceremonies.
It is used in many sermons.
Yet most people do not know the context of this set of verses.
Let’s take a look at the context.
In 1 Corinthians 12-14, Paul writes to the Corinthian church concerning spiritual gifts, especially tongues.
The Corinthian church became consumed with the gift of tongues, which was the ability to speak in the earthly languages of other people for the purpose of sharing the good news about Jesus with unbelievers.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says,
“Do you not know that in a
race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as
to take the prize. Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict
discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown
that is imperishable. Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I
am beating the air. No, I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that
after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified
1 Corinthians 9:19-22 says,
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 1:18, writes about “the message of the cross.”
To Paul, the message of the cross was the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:17).
The message of the cross, the gospel, is powerful...it is the power and wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:17-18).
It is the message Paul was sent by Jesus to proclaim (1 Corinthians 1:17).
The context of 1 Corinthians 1:17 was that believers in Corinth where boasting about and aligning themselves with certain teachers (1 Corinthians 1:12).
Consequently, they were arguing with one another about which teacher was the best communicator (1 Corinthians 1:10-11).
Spirit of God desires to reveal to you what God has prepared for those who love
this revelation, 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart
has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
revelation that God through his Spirit wants to give you is not something
conceived in the mind or heart of a person...no person could dream, invent,
develop, create, or design what God has prepared for you.
God has prepared is beyond the heart and mind of mankind.
There is a false teaching in the church that says if someone commits suicide that God will damn that person to hell.
This belief is taken from 1 Corinthians 3:17, which says:
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
As always, the context of a verse determines its meaning.
So what is the context of 1 Corinthians 3:17?
Paul has been writing about those who come into a church and teach on the foundation he laid...a foundation of the death and resurrection of Jesus, grace, the new covenant.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 says:
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames