1. Paul's confidence in the reality of Jesus Christ's resurrection is based upon the following:
a. (verse 4) SCRIPTURE
b. (verse 5-7) EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY
c. (verse 8) PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS
2. Paul was the only apostle who PERSECUTED THE CHURCH. (verse 9)
3. Why did Paul insist that he was an apostle? (verse 10,11) SO THAT THE CORINTHIANS WOULD BELIEVE HIS MESSAGE
4. If there is no such thing as resurrection, then the following consequences must follow.
a. (verse 13) CHRIST IS NOT RISEN
b. (verse 14) THE CORINTHIAN'S FAITH AND PAUL'S PREACHING ARE IN VAIN
c. (verse 15) THE APOSTLES ARE FALSE WITNESSES
d. (verse 17) ALL THE CORINTHIANS ARE STILL IN THEIR SINS
5. What has Adam provided for man? (verse 22) DEATH
6. What does Jesus Christ provide for man? (verse 22) LIFE
7. What attitude could we expect from people who have no hope in a resurrection? (verse 32) LIVE IT UP NOW WHILE WE CAN, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE
8. What are two questions that some in the Corinthian church have asked? (verse 35)
1. HOW ARE THE DEAD RAISED?
2. WHAT KIND OF BODY IS THE RESURRECTED BODY?
9. In verse 37, our present body is compared to A SEED
and our resurrected body is compared to A PLANT (OF GRAIN)
10 Our resurrected body will have the following characteristics:
a. (verse 42) INCORRUPTION
b. (verse 43) GLORY and POWER
c. (verse 44) SPIRITUAL
11 What is not part of the Kingdom of God? (verse 50) FLESH AND BLOOD
12 What will sound at the resurrection? (verse 52) THE LAST TRUMPET
13 How do believers obtain victory now and in the future? (verse 57) AS A GIFT FROM JESUS CHRIST
1. Paul is writing in this letter the same thing that he had preached to them before when he was with them
a)* because it bears repeating, and what he had said had not changed.
b) because he was not sure all those in the congregation who received the letter were there when he was in Corinth.
c) because he was not sure that he had covered all the points and after some thought had decided to complete his witness.
2. T F* Verse 2 states that our salvation depends upon "if we keep certain things in memory."
3. T F* Verses 3 and 4 are a summary of the entire Gospel.
4. Paul does not try to prove the fact of Christ's resurrection or the general resurrection, but in I Corinthians 15 he does present witnesses to that truth. The witnesses are: (choose one or more)
a) the Roman soldiers who saw the empty tomb.
b)* the Scripture which the Corinthians could read.
c) the Jewish leaders' attempt to discredit the resurrection.
d) the angels that visited Mary on Easter morning.
e)* the people who were alive when Paul wrote to Corinth.
f)* Paul's own encounter with the risen Savior.
5. Why did Paul call himself the least of the apostles? HE HAD PERSECUTED THE CHURCH
6. Why did Paul insist that he was an apostle? HE WANTED THEM TO BELIEVE HIS MESSAGE AND BE SAVED
7. T* F The resurrection in view in this chapter is particularly the bodily resurrection of believers.
8. T* F Essentially, the logic of verses 12-19 is not devoted to prove that the resurrection is true but to describe the consequences if there were no such thing as a bodily resurrection.
9. The word "firstfruit" in verse 20 tells us that Jesus Christ was
a)* elected to die and be raised again from the beginning of time.
b) the very first one who successfully went out preaching the gospel after his resurrection.
c) the first person to demonstrate the kind of character God requires of His people.
10 The first word "all" in verse 22 includes ALL PEOPLE
The second word "all" includes ONLY BELIEVERS (SAVED)
11 The kingdom that is delivered up to God (verse 24) is
a) the kingdom of believers.
b)* the kingdom of Satan and unbelievers.
c) the kingdom of Israel.
12 Jesus Christ reigns now and puts His enemies under His feet by means of
a) the establishment of Christian nations and Christian laws in society.
b) the eventual victory of National Israel.
c)* the preaching of the Gospel.
13 T F* Verse 28 teaches that the Son will someday have less authority than God.
14 The words "they do which are baptized for the dead" mean
a) some Corinthians had gone through the rite of water baptism in the place of their dead friends in the hope that it would extend some spiritual benefit to those who had died.
b) some Corinthians were experiencing a great baptism of suffering which eventually led to their death.
c)* people who were baptized spiritually or who submitted to the sacrament of water baptism after they were saved looked forward to the eventual resurrection of their own bodies, which would eventually die if the Lord did not return before.
15 T F* The questions of verse 35 are honest questions and reflect a person's interest in spiritual things.
16 According to verses 37-42,
a) the resurrection means returning to a physical life but in a different form.
b) even animals and inanimate objects can expect a resurrection.
c) there will be animals and heavenly objects in the new world after the resurrection.
d)* the difference between the body before and after the resurrection is very great.
17 The believer's resurrected body will be
a) corrupt and spiritual
b) incorrupt and natural
c) corrupt and natural
d)* incorrupt and spiritual
18 The first Adam gave us PHYSICAL, AND CORRUPT life;
the second Adam gave us SPIRITUAL, AND INCORRUPT life.
19 T F Today, in heaven, Jesus Christ has the same flesh and blood body which He had the first time He came to earth.
20 The victory mentioned in Chapter 15 refers to
a) the certainty that people to whom Christians witness will become saved.
b)* the salvation of a Christian's soul and the resurrection promise for his body.
c) the ability of a Christian to win in any conflict that faces him.
d) the ability of Christians to overcome great persecution.
Write an answer to ONE of the following questions or requests. The answer must not be longer than one paragraph.
A. Including what is mentioned in verses 3 and 4, together with ideas from other parts of the Bible, list and briefly describe the most important historical events of the Gospel. 1. CREATION AND THE FALL OF MAN, 2. PROMISE OF SALVATION 3. BIRTH, DEATH, LIFE AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS IN FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE, 4. JESUS' SECOND COMING FOR JUDGMENT 5. THE RESURRECTION OF ALL MEN, UNSAVED FOR JUDGMENT AND HE SAVED FOR COMPLETION OF THEIR SALVATION.
B. Upon what evidence do Christians base their belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead? THE BIBLE'S TESTIMONY, ALTHOUGH THE DESIRE AND POWER THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH SIN IN THEIR OWN LIVES SUPPORTS THE BIBLE'S TESTIMONY.
C. What could you say to someone who asked you to describe the future resurrected body? IT IS SPIRITUAL SO WE CANNOT SAY MUCH ABOUT IT EXCEPT THAT IT WILL BE FAR GLORIOUS THAN THE PRESENT BODY, WITH OUT CORRUPTION
D. Use the clue of the trumpet found in verse 52 to describe when the resurrection will take place in relation to future events such as the return of Christ, the rapture, the end of this world, and Judgment Day. THEY ALL OCCUR AT THE SAME TIME
Write an answer to the following question or request. Limit your essay to two pages double spaced typed. Support your statements and conclusions with quotes from the Bible and the analysis of Chapter 15.
How can the truth of the future resurrection have any practical value for a Christian today? Give at least one example from the Bible to illustrate your points. ONE CONSEQUENCE IS THAT HAVING A FUTURE HOPE HELPS US FACE PRESENT DAY DIFFICULTIES AS WELL AS GIVES US BOTH CLARITY AND BOLDNESS IN OUR WITNESS (e.g. HEB. 12:2). ANOTHER CONSEQUENCE IS THAT WE ARE MORE CONTENT WITH WHAT WE RECEIVE IN THIS WORLD, KNOWING THAT IT IS NOT THE IMPORTANT THING NOR WHAT IS WHAT WE RECEIVE IN COMPARISON WITH OTHERS IMPORTANT (I COR. 7:7). ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT CONSEQUENCE IS THAT WE MAKE SURE OUR SPIRITUAL AFFAIRS ARE IN ORDER NOW WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME (II COR. 6:2).
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