Studies In The Book Of I Corinthians
(I Corinthians 15:1-11)
1. Had Paul been involved in preaching the Gospel to those in Corinth?
Yes: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand” (I Corinthians 15:1).
Š Acts 18:1-8 and I Corinthians 3:5-7.
Š The Gospel is what Paul preached (Galatians 1:11-12 and Colossians 1:23).
Š For the record, the Gospel is not just the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Matthew 4:23, Matthew 9:35, etc.).
Š The word of truth is the Gospel (Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5, and I Peter 1:25).
Š The Gospel was even preached during Old Testament times (Hebrews 3:14-4:2).
Š All of us should stand in the Gospel (Philippians 1:27 and II Thessalonians 2:15).
2. Are we required to keep something in memory to be saved?
Yes, the Gospel: “By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain” (I Corinthians 15:2).
Š Psalms 119:16, Psalms 119:93, Proverbs 3:1, Proverbs 4:5, Colossians 1:23, Hebrews 2:1, and James 1:25.
3. Was the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in accordance with things previously stated in the Scriptures?
Yes: “(3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4).
Š Psalms 22:18, Psalms 69:21, Isaiah 53:7-12, and Zechariah 12:9-10.
4. Did Paul use eyewitnesses as evidence in teaching about the resurrection of Christ?
Yes: “(5) And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: (6) After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. (7) After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles” (I Corinthians 15:5-7).
Š Seen by Peter (John 20:3-4).
Š Then by the others (Matthew 28:16-17 and John 20:19-29).
Š Seen by many others too (Acts 13:29-31).
Š Witnesses (those who saw Jesus die, be buried, and resurrected) are a key component to the preaching of the Gospel (Acts 3:15, Acts 4:33, etc.).
5. Who was the last person to see our Lord after He was resurrected?
Paul: “And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time” (I Corinthians 15:8).
Š Acts 9:3-5, Acts 9:17, and Acts 22:10-14.
6. Why did Paul consider himself the least of the Apostles?
Because he had previously persecuted Christians: “For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (I Corinthians 15:9).
Š Acts 7:51-8:3, Acts 9:1-2, Acts 22:4-5, Acts 26:9-11, Galatians 1:13, and I Timothy 1:12-16.
7. What did Paul do to be sure that the grace of God that was bestowed upon him was not in vain?
He labored more than others: “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (I Corinthians 15:10).
Š Romans 1:14-16, Romans 15:17-20, and II Corinthians 12:11.
Š Though, notice, Paul labored more but credited God for it (Ephesians 3:7, Philippians 4:13, and I Peter 4:11).
8. Did Paul preach a different Gospel than the other apostles?
No: “Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed” (I Corinthians 15:11).
Š Acts 5:42; cf. I Corinthians 2:2.
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