Paul’s letter to the Corinthians was a letter of encouragement for them, correction on certain issues, and instruction on other issues. It was a reminder that God had enriched them in all speech and knowledge and that they were not lacking any gift in Christ (1 Cor. 1:5-7).
Among the major exhortations that Paul gave to the Corinthian Church:
Paul spends the entirety of chapter 15 teaching about the Resurrection of Christ and our hope of salvation and resurrection based on His victory over the grave. This is to correct false thinking that had slipped into the church that there was no resurrection of the body. Paul quickly corrects this thinking by noting that if there is no resurrection of the body, then not even Christ has been raised from the dead (1. Cor. 15:16) and if that’s the case, then our faith is in vain (1 Cor. 15:17-19).
Thankfully, thankfully, thankfully, as we know, Christ is raised!
As Paul writes, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." (1 Cor. 15:3-4, ESV) So then, we can confidently move forward in our faith, based on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and in the Resurrection power He has given to us. It’s all because of Jesus and through Him that we have fellowship with the Father and can live out the Christian life. I think that is why Paul includes, as a reference to the Isthmian Games, the encouragement in 1 Corinthians 9:24, to run in a way to win the prize, to do what it takes to go the distance in our relationships with Jesus.
Let’s keep running this race together,
Please start reading 2 Corinthians for Sunday.
Questions for Reflection: