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THE NECESSITY OF THE RESURRECTION
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 Wednesday, April 16
Key Verse: 15:19

First, what if there were no resurrection of the dead? (12-18). Suppose there were no resurrection of the dead. Then not even Christ was raised. Our preaching of the gospel and our faith would all be in vain. Moreover, we would be false witnesses telling a made-up story. Finally, our sins would not be forgiven. The fact of the resurrection is essential to the gospel.

Second, we would be most pitied (19). If there were no resurrection, then those who have fallen asleep would be lost. They will never leave their graves. Those who live sacrificial lives would all be losers. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied (19). The Christian life is not just a philosophy or dead religion. It is based on the fact of Jesus' resurrection. We have a living hope in heaven because of Jesus' resurrection.

Prayer: Father, thank you that Jesus has been raised and that my faith and hope in heaven are not in vain.

One Word: Christ has been raised

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