Archive for February, 2009

Death v. Life

February 28, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 50-58, we learn that life will ultimately win over death.

It doesn’t feel that way when people I love have died. But I know this promise is true.

The power of resurrection is its victory over the apparent finality of death.

Heavenly Bodies

February 27, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 40-49, we learn that our current bodies are perishable. That’s not news.

But when we are resurrected, our bodies will be eternal. Entropy and decay will no longer be unnegotiable realities.

What an encouragement, especially a day after jamming my hand into a brick wall!


February 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Our resurrected bodies are no similar to our current bodies than a plant is to its seed.

An acorn is nothing compared to an oak tree.

We’re just acorns, for now.

Deeper Resurrection Reflection

February 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Sin entered the world via one person, Adam.

Forgiveness entered the world via one person, Jesus.

Even More 1 Corinthians 15

February 24, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Last of all, Jesus appeared to Paul
  2. Despite his persecution of the church
  3. He worked hard teaching the good news
  4. Through the power of Christ
  5. If there is no resurrection, then Paul’s teaching is useless
  6. v. 19: Sums up Christianity’s Achilles’ heel
  7. If Christ’s body is found, then the Bible’s message is proven false

More 1 Corinthians 15

February 23, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Peter saw Jesus after his resurrection
  2. Then the apostles
  3. Then over 500 other witnesses
  4. Most of these eyewitnesses were still alive when 1 Corinthians was written
  5. Then James
  6. Then “all the apostles”
  7. How are “all the apostles” different than the previous categories of eyewitnesses, esp. #14 & 15?


February 22, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Paul reminds his Corinthian readers of the gospel again
  2. He warns that their belief is “in vain” if they don’t hold onto the message
  3. This means that belief can be in vain
  4. Belief does not always produce useful results
  5. Belief can be misguided
  6. Belief can be mistaken
  7. Belief can get messed up
  8. Belief itself is not what makes people right with God
  9. Therefore, belief is not our ultimate goal
  10. Paul then lists the most important elements of the gospel
  11. Christ died for our sins
  12. The Old Testament prophesied and foreshadowed this event

1 Corinthians 15

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. The Resurrection of Christ
  2. The Resurrection of the Dead
  3. The Resurrection Body

Taken from the NIV Study Bible section headings.

My goal is to reflect upon this chapter for the next several days.


February 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Paul debates the Athenians in Acts 17.

Some people “sneer” at the thought of resurrection, but others are open to considering the possibility.

Which side of this issue are you on, Dear Reader? Why?

Greater Than David

February 19, 2009 Leave a comment

In Acts 2:29-36, Peter teaches that Jesus is greater than King David.

David is in the grave; Jesus is not.

King David prophesied about Jesus’ resurrection in Psalm 110.

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