We're looking at 1 Corinthians 15 tonight and we're going to be examining verses 29 to 34. We're taking this great chapter in chunks, as we work our way through it. And this, of course, is the great biblical chapter on resurrection, physical, bodily resurrection and all that is involved in that, namely eternal life. You will live forever in the presence of God as the very person that you are...perfected and given a perfected and glorified body so that you can dwell in the new heaven and the new earth and worship and glorify and serve the Lord as the very person that He made you to be and sought to make you into through His redemptive purpose.
As we come to verses 29 to 34, let me read it for you and then we'll kind of work our way through it. Verse 29 begins, "Otherwise what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? Why are we also in danger every hour? I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let's eat, drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived. Bad company corrupts good morals. Become sober minded as you ought, and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame."
It's very powerful, very potent portion of Scripture. And perhaps at first reading, not at all clear exactly how it hangs together. But it is a very cohesive unit....