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A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:12

The Resurrection of the Dead

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? (ESV)

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Why is it so dangerous to deny the physical and bodily resurrection of believers? There were those in the early Church who denied this doctrine, this is one of the reasons that the apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians, to dissuade them of this great error. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that without the resurrection, we have no hope. For it is only in the resurrection that Christ completes the redemption that He began on the cross, it is only by the bodily resurrection that death will finally be conquered and vanquished! Jesus died to not only save men’s souls, but also to redeem the whole world from the bondage and corruption of sin. By resurrecting the bodies of those that believe, this corruption that began with the sin of Adam is done away with. It is a lie of the devil that says Christ will not complete the salvation that He began! This resurrection is no mere spiritual event as some have claimed. What doe this mean for you? The bodily resurrection means that Jesus perfectly saves all those that repent and believe in His Gospel. It means that Jesus alone is savior and reconciler between God and sinful man! 


Additional Scripture Translations

1 Corinthians 15:12, New American Standard Bible

12Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:12, King James Version

12Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.