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April 23, 2017 - Life after Death - I Corinthians 15:12-21

posted Jun 4, 2017, 7:21 PM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 7:22 PM ]
  • One of the things about which the Bible is crystal clear is that humans are but mortal, created of dust and to dust we return. But we have always craved immortality.
  • There is nothing in the Bible that teaches the immortality of the soul. What the Bible teaches is the resurrection of the body.
  • Every time in history that a society loses its ability to be righteous, what do we find reappearing but a belief in the immortality of the soul.
  • The Bible cautions, you are a mortal. You live among mortals. And you are called to take mortal life as seriously as God does.
  • Paul goes on to claim that after death, those who participate in the life of Christ will also participate in His resurrection.
  • The point of heaven is to take bodily life on earth very seriously. And the reason we take it seriously is because God makes the body sacred by resurrecting it to eternal life.
  • As Christ participates in our humanity, so do we participate in His holiness through sanctification. And that is the only way to become a saint.
  • Down here on earth, people who believe in this resurrection live differently than others.
  • There isn’t a saint in heaven who is there because they were good enough. They’re there because by grace, God raised them from the dead.
  • Heaven above you and the saints around you proclaim, “Don’t waste today. Don’t take it for granted. Today is your opportunity to bring heaven and earth a little closer together.”
Pastor Jim Spon | I Corinthians 15:12-21