If There is No Resurrection of the Dead

Numerous errors existed prior to and in the days of Paul concerning the resurrection. The Sadducees, a religious sect of Jesus’ day, taught that there was no resurrection (Mark 12:18). Their philosophy was espoused by some in Corinth (1 Corinthians 15:13). Another erroneous teaching that overthrew the faith of some was that the resurrection was already past (2 Timothy 2:17-18). Paul described the dilemma of believers if there is no resurrection of the dead or if it is already past. What a tragedy and sorrow we face if either of these is true! If such teaches are true, then:

  1. Christ is not risen (1 Corinthians 15:13).
  2. Our preaching is vain (1 Corinthians 15:14).
  3. Our faith is vain (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17).
  4. We are false witnesses of God (1 Corinthians 15:15).
  5. We are yet in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).
  6. Those asleep (dead) in Christ have perished (1 Corinthians 15:18).
  7. We sorrow as others who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Praise God, none of the above is true! There is a resurrection of the dead, and we need to preach it and believe it so that we can be a part of it.