Open your Bible to 1 Corinthians chapter 15. We are in a study of the fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians on the resurrection. We have emphasized its utter importance to us as believers, to the church of Jesus Christ, to the Son of God, to the Spirit of God, to the Father Himself. This is the ultimate end of everything that God has planned in His glorious redemption.
One of my favorite writers is a man named Erich Sauer, a German writer. If you ever find any of the little books by Erich Sauer, you want to grab on to them and read through them, they are powerful books. He has a way of condensing things in an outline form that is easy accessibly… easy accessible and very manageable and very powerful.
There are many quotable quotes that have come from Erich Sauer, here’s one that I especially have appreciated. He said this, “The present age is Easter time. It begins with the resurrection of the Redeemer and ends with the resurrection of the redeemed, between lies the spiritual resurrection of those called into life. So we live between two Easters and in the power of the first Easter, we go to the second Easter.” We understand that. We live between the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the redeemed, those two great Easter events.
Now, in the Corinthian church, we will remember that some were denying the resurrection of the body because it was denied by the philosophers of their day, their time and place. Paul then answers those who would claim to be Christians but hanging on to their past philosophers deny the resurrection of the body. They weren’t denying eternal life, they weren’t denying spiritual life in heaven forever. They were simply denying the resurrection of the body based upon what they had been taught by their philosophers. So Paul presents in this chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, a case, the great case, the unparallel case for bodily resurrection. It is the greatest document ever penned on that subject. And it is all based on the reality that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave.
One cannot be a believer without believing in the resurrection of Christ because Romans 10:9 and 10 says if you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and confess Him as Lord, you’ll be saved. One cannot be saved unless there is an affirmation of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. That’s part of the gospel....