Conclusion

The Apostle Paul had to deal with a first century false teaching going around in the Church at Corinth. Some of the members of that church were claiming that there was no resurrection of the dead, which would imply that Jesus had not risen from the dead. Paul then wrote the following words, which have assured tens of millions of Christians down through the centuries:

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. . . . And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (I Corinthians 15:14, 17-20).

The Christian faith is based on the witness of history. Attacks on Christ come and go. But the facts of Jesus Christ, the divine Savior who came from Heaven to save us, remain.

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