The Empty Tomb: Dead Or Alive?
•Paul is having to deal with several issues in Corinth…law suits, spiritual gifts, lack of respect at the Lord’s table, sexual immorality and food offered to idols etc
•Paul visited Corinth in his second missionary journey and then moved to Ephesus
The Foundation :
•He reminds the church of what he preached and its purpose (15:1)
•He confirms Scriptural fulfillment of the Cross, the Burial and the Empty Tomb
•An un-resurrected Christ is a failed God and a failed Gospel
•And those who preach it are false teachers
•The resurrection is a statement towards sins forgiven
•He is the firstfruit of life after physical death…an order (Rom 11:16)
•A believers destiny is tied to Christ’s destiny
•There is a work to come that Christ will complete…Ps 8:6; Eph 6:12
THE ENDANGERED LIFE
•He then gives personal evidence of why he is doing what he is doing. Why? Because the resurrection is true.
•A final exhortation of what to guard and to the unguarded (Is 22:13)