Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 12, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 64

Bible Reading Plan Day 64

What we are reading today has raised some huge questions in my own mind about some things I have believed to be true about what happens as soon as a believer dies here on this earth. I have always thought that the body is what is buried and the soul goes to heaven. I have been reading multiple scriptures and commentaries that are pointing to the fact that this thinking may not be biblical.

Right now this is something that I know I have to get clear and understand for myself, and for my faith journey. This is not the first time in the past week or more that this issue has been brought to my mind. It is an area where God is working on me and on what I hold to be true…

This why what we are doing, right now, is so very important. Not just reading the words in the Bible, but seeking God in the middle of what we are reading. Asking Him to meet me in this moment and providing me insight, guidance, wisdom, knowledge and discernment.

Is there something that has been weighing on your mind, lately? Is there some questions where you need some enlightenment from God? Spend some time meditating on the scriptures and don’t forget to invite God into the moment. He will meet you there and, if it is within His will for you, He will provide the enlightenment you are seeking. Praying for you friends as you open up your Bibles and read 1 Corinthians 15-16.

“For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.” 1 Corinthians 15:27-28

1 Corinthians 15_27-28

Study Questions for 1 Corinthians 15

The Gospel of the Resurrection (15:1-11)

Why hold firmly to the gospel? (1-2, 12, 33, 35) What does it mean to hold firmly to the gospel? (Rom. 6:5,6,11,12; 1 Cor. 15:31a; Phil. 3:10-14; Heb. 10:22) What is sin? (3; Gen. 3:6; 1 Sam. 15:23; Rom. 3:12a, 23) What are it’s consequences? (Gen. 4:13-14; Rom. 5:12, 19a, 2:6-8, 6:23a; Heb. 9:27; 2 Cor. 5:10; James 1:15; Rev. 21:8) How does Jesus’ death bring salvation? (John 1:29; Rom. 5:19, 6:23b; 1 Peter 2:24) Why can only Jesus’ blood cleanse sins? (Gal. 3:13; Matt. 26:28; Rom. 3:25; Heb. 9:22; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

How does Jesus’ resurrection demonstrate the power of God? (4; Rom. 1:4, 16; Acts 2:24; 1 Cor. 6:14; Heb. 2:14-15) How is it our hope? (1 Cor. 15:20, 51-54; 1 Peter 1:3,4; John 5:24, 11:25,26) What is the significance of “according to the scriptures” in regards to God’s faithfulness? (Acts 3:18,22; Rom. 3:21, 4:21; John 3:16)

Who are the resurrection witnesses mentioned here? (5-7) Why give an account of the resurrection witnesses? How did meeting the risen Jesus change them? How does Paul mention himself? Why did he include himself among the resurrection witnesses?

The Necessity of the Resurrection (15:12-19)

What kind of people say that there is no resurrection? Why? How does Paul prove their claim false? (13) What would be some of the logical consequences if their argument was true? (14-19)

Why is the Christian’s faith useless if Christ had not been raised? How does the resurrection of Jesus demonstrate God’s existence? How does Jesus’ resurrection solve man’s sin problem?

The Consequences of Jesus’ Resurrection (15:20-28)

What is the significance of Paul’s declaration, “Christ has indeed been raised”? What does it mean that he is the first-fruits? What is the significance of the order of the resurrection? (23-24; 1Thes. 4:13-18)

How did death (spiritual death) come into human history? (21-22) How did the resurrection of the dead to enter human history? (Rom. 5:12-21) What will the risen Jesus do in the process of destroying all his enemies: (25; Ps. 110:1)

How does Jesus’ resurrection foreshadow the final victory he will have at the end of time? (24; Is. 2:2-4; Mic. 4:1-5) What will be the victorious climax and consummation of the resurrection?

Because of Resurrection I Die Every Day (15:29-34)

What practical effect did resurrection faith have on the lives of Paul and the first Christians? What does this teach us about how Christians who believe in the resurrection ought to live? What did Paul mean by, “I die every day”?

How did resurrection faith answer and defeat the decadent and hedonistic ideas that prevailed in Paul’s day? (32b) Who does Paul mean by “bad company”? How could the Corinthian Christians come to their senses and avoid being contaminated by bad company?

1 cor. 15.55

“Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-58


The Splendor of the Heavenly Bodies (15:35-44)

What questions were some Corinthians raising about the body Christians will have at the resurrection? Why was their line of thinking foolish and their understanding of the resurrected body deficient?

How does plant life illustrate the nature of the resurrected body?

How are earthly bodies differentiated? Describe and compare the splendor of the sun, the moon, and the stars. How do the different kinds of flesh and their respective glories serve the purpose of their creation?

What analogy do the resurrected body and their splendor provide to the nature and splendor of the heavenly bodies?

In what way do human beings have both human (or physical) glory and spiritual glory (or splendor)? What is the human or physical glory that physically-oriented people pursue? What is the spiritual glory that spiritual men must pursue?

What is the seed of the resurrected body? How will the spiritual man attain this spiritual body, which will be honorable, glorious, powerful and imperishable? What is meant by the expressions ‘sow’ and ‘raised’?

The Glorious Image of the Man From Heaven (15:45-49)

In what way is Adam the ancestor of all men on earth? How do his descendants receive their natural, earthly bodies? Why is he called “a living being”? Who is the man from heaven? How is he different from the first man, Adam? Why is he called “the last Adam” and “a life-giving Spirit”?

How did the man from heaven who became incarnate in a human body receive a glorified, spiritual body? How will his redeemed people similarly receive their own spiritual bodies? What does it mean that we shall bear the likeness of the man from heaven?

The Glory of the Second Coming of Christ (15:50-58)

Why did Paul call the resurrection of the dead a mystery? (Eph. 3:3, Rev. 10:7) What will happen at the time of the resurrection? How will the resurrection of the dead occur?

What is the meaning of verse 53? What will be the ultimate victory of the risen Jesus at his second coming? What will this mean to believers? To unbelievers?

In light of the resurrected body and Christ’s ultimate victory, why shouldn’t Christians be moved by any worldly temptation but rather give themselves full to the work of the Lord?

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

1 Corinthians 16_13-14

Study Questions for 1 Corinthians 16

What is significant about the “first day of the week”?

Is this day more special than others?

What is the biblical principle on giving?

What attitude should we have in our giving?

What does it mean “as he may prosper”?

What is the Pentecost mentioned in verse 8?

What attitude were they to have towards Timothy?

What attitude should we have towards our Christian leaders?

What final instructions does Paul give to the church?

What do verses 19-24 show us about the attitude we should have towards other believers?


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