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And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins…. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. I Corinthians 15:17, 20 Our lives are filled with uncertainty. So many changes take place, many of them unexpected. So many of our plans fall to pieces. So many of our hopes are dashed. And, frequently, we are considering and pondering different possibilities and scenarios. What if…? What if…? All sorts of hypothetical situations—some of which may cause much worry, anxiety, and fear. But the scenario that the...

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. . . .and this mortal must put on immortality. I Cor. 15:58 A necessary transformation! For we must all be changed! This mortal must put on immortality! The reason for this necessity is to be found, on the one hand, in the purpose of God that His own are to inherit the kingdom of God; and, on the other hand, in the fact that we are, in our present state, flesh and blood, and that, too, corrupt flesh and blood, in the midst of death. And flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Neither is it possible...

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“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” I Cor. 13:1 What does Paul mean with this astounding verse? Well, you must know that things were not as they ought to be at Corinth. There was a division in the church. Some of the household of Chloe had told Paul about the sorry state of affairs at the church of Corinth. There were four different parties there. And it seems as though all the members were included in the four parties that are...

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“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” I Cor. 13:2 The Apostle will teach the church at Corinth the difficult lesson that all their gifts and talents, if they are to be conducive to edification of the congregation, must spring from conscious love of God.

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Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost. I Corinthians 12:3 In this verse of Holy Scripture we have the fundamental rule of the gospel. By this rule one who is of Christ is distinguished from him who is not of Christ, and the one born of the Spirit from him who is not born of the Spirit. This rule is never set aside. It holds true today and also will be true in...

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Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58 The turn of the calendar furnishes us another occasion to examine the past year and devote ourselves again in this new year to abounding in the work of the Lord. However, when we look at ourselves, we might come to the conclusion that we cannot abound in the work of the Lord and that our fight against sin and the devil and our own sinful flesh is...

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In this remarkable chapter of I Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul defends the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord, over against all unbelief and skeptical reasoning. He defends the premise that if there is no resurrection of the dead then is Christ not risen. And, to be sure, if Christ is not risen then we are still in our sins, our faith is vain and all preachers of the resurrection facts are found to be false witnesses. But Christ is risen!

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“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” I Cor. 13:2 The apostle will teach the church at Corinth the difficult lesson that all their gifts and talents, if they are to be conducive to edification of the congregation, must spring from conscious love of God. He had told them that speech, be it ever so beautiful in the outward sense, yea, even though it would be angelic in sound, without love is a...

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