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The Climax of the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15: 1-11)

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The Climax of the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15: 1-11)

Paul starts 1 Corinthians 15 by reviewing his “gospel:” The Messiah died for our sins, was buried and was raised “according to the scriptures” – that is, these events were the culmination and climax of the whole story the scriptures had been telling

He marshals evidence: 500 eyewitnesses

He stresses his “seeing” of the risen Jesus as “last of all”

The Two Marks in the God’s Victory over Death (1 Corinthians 15:20-28)

This is the “big story.”

The enemy is death itself.

The victory of God over the forces of evil, over death, has split into two:

  • Victory mark 1: began with Jesus’ resurrection

  • Victory mark 2: our own resurrection (“corruption and decay will not have the final word in this universe.”)

“Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of the end,” and the resurrection of all believers is (one feature of) the final end of the ‘end’.” [1]

We now live between these two marks. “The world as a whole has entered the last days, in which Jesus rules as Messiah and Lord. These days will continue until all that opposes or threatens his rule has been dealt with. Finally, death itself – the ultimately dehumanizing and anticreation power – will be destroyed, and God will be all in all.” [1]

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