For He Must Reign – Gods Purpose in Human Politics – 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 25

 

Just added, the message in our series on 1 Corinthians:

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 25 – For He Must Reign – Gods Purpose in Human Politics – JS Gillespie – 16082016

 

A message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 and Daniel chapter 2 by Dr J Stewart Gillespie.

 

Outline notes for the above message:

In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, the apostle presents the necessity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, from 4 great necessities:

  1. Proof of the Gospel (v1-11)
  • Text of Scripture (v3-4)
  • Triumph of Resurrection (v4)
  • Testimony of Eye Witnesses (v5-8)
  • Transformed Life of Paul (v9-11)
  1. Problem of Denying the Resurrection (v12-19)

We need a living Saviour for:

  • Justification by Faith (Isa 53; Roms 4)
  • Relationship with God (Roms 5)
  • Atonement / Reconciliation (Rroms 5)
  • Redemption (Roms 8)
  • High Priestly ministry of Christ (Hebs 2,4,7)
  • Eternal Security (Heb 7:25)
  • Resurrection (John 11)
  • Home in Heaven (John 14)
  1. Picture of Resurrection (v20-23)

Firstfruits

Not only a Feast of Jehovah and part of Gods redemptive plan but following on after the passover and in fact on the morrow after the Sabbath – that is the Sunday, the 1st Day of the week.

  1. Purpose of God in Human Politics (v24-28)

An unusual / unexpected angle on resurrection

The resurrection and victory of Jesus Christ over the grave and over death was an essential part of the fulfilment of Gods Purpose for the universe.

He must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet” (1 Co 15:25)

If Christ is to subdue all enemies under His feet, He cannot reign over a world which still remains affected by death.

If Christ is to possess all rule and all authority and power (15:24) then there can be no rebellion against Him.

No rebellion against Him, means no rebellion against God.

No rebellion against God means no sin

No sin means no death!

A victory over all for Christ necessitates a victory over sin and death.

Christ could not truly be described as so ruling if the world remains in:

  • Rejection
  • Rebellion

‘Must He Reign’ (v25) ?

We note that the reign and dominion of Christ over all things is prophesied in many portions of the Word of God, including the prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Daniel chp 2:

  • Head of fine Gold (v32) – Babylonian Empire
  • Breast and arms of Silver (v32) – MedoPersian Empire
  • Belly and thighs of brass (v32) – Greek Empire
  • Legs of Iron (v32) – Roman Empire
  • Feet of Iron and clay (v33) – revived Roman Empire

all replaced with the Stone cut without hands (v34).

In Daniel chapters 2 God sets out His plan and purpose for the whole of human history.

Something strange happens to the final Kingdom – the Roman Empire, it passes through a further stage of development; Clay and Iron.

The might of the 4th Kingdom would appear yet in some way compromised, pictured in feet and 10 toes, an unstable union of 10kings in a quai-democratic re-emergence.

These 10 Kings appear to exist simultaneously (Dan 2:44)

This final one of man’s Kingdoms will give rise to an eternal kingdom (v44) which will ‘stand forever.’

Stone cut without hands:

  1. Isaiah 28:16; 1 Peter 2:6
  2. Psalm 118:22; Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7
  3. Isaiah 8:14

 

Chaos @ Corinth – When Christians get Distracted

Just added, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 15:

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 – Chaos at Corinth – When Christians get Distracted – 09082016 – JS Gillespie

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Peace, Proof and a new Perspective

 

Just added, a new message preached by Mr Gordon Dunbar:

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Peace, Proof and a new Perspective – Gordon Dunbar – 02082016

 

Resurrection: the Identity behind the Mystery – 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 21 to 23 – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Just added to our series on 1 Corinthians, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie:

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 21 to 23 – Resurrection the Identity behind the Mystery – J Stewart Gillespie – 10072016

 

Resurrection Connecting to the Mystery – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 20 to 23 – J Stewart Gillespie

Just added, a new message preached in our series on 1 Corinthians:

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 20 to 23 – Resurrection Connecting to the Mystery – J Stewart Gillespie – 05072016

 

Christ the Firstfruits – 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 20 to 24

Just added, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 15:

 

Christ the Firstfruits – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 20 to 24 – Dr J Stewart Gillespie

 

Saved by A Living Saviour – 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 17

Just added, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie in our series on 1 Corinthians:

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 17 – Saved by A Living Saviour – J Stewart Gillespie – 14062016

 

When Great Men Sleep – 1 Corinthians chapter 15

 

A new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 15:

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 11 – When Great Men Sleep – J S Gillespie – 10052016

 

 

outline notes are available for this message:

1 Corinthians chp 15 begins with
The Gospel:
1. The Presentation of the Gospel (v1)
2. The Problem of the Gospel (v1-2)
3. The Power of the Gospel (v3)
4. The Proof of the Gospel (v3-11)

1. The Presentation of the Gospel
A clear declaration of the good news :
Emphatic
Instructional
Absolute
‘declared ‘ and’ preached ‘
The Gospel is not points for discussion or debate
We are speaking as though God were our equal
These are Gods demands upon us
‘ God now commands all men everywhere to repent and believe the gospel. ‘

2. Problem with the Gospel :
Paul has to declare what he has already preached
The Gospel is at risk of being :
Chiseled away / eroded away
Sometimes erosion can happen just with that one steady drip
It is little short of miraculous that we still have the gospel in our hands
The constant steady attempts at erosion of this message down through the centuries
Not just the Big attacks and the major heresies, but the slow and steady drip, drip, drip of one small error after another, each taking its toll over the years :
‘what about the resurrection body of the believer – it doesn’t really need to be a literal body, does it? ‘
And so drip, drip, drip
Here a little, there a little
You know what is really amazing about grace?
It’s amazing that we have any grace left.

Pilate tried to crucify grace
Nero tried to burn it
Communists persecuted it
Fascists attacked it
Kings tried to control it
Western democracy have tried to silence it
Muslim nations ban it
Darwin tried to disprove it
Atheists mock it
Cults confuse it
Yet the Gospel remains
How?
Because I have in my hand a bible.
Because the apostle took the time to : ‘declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you’
We have written down for us the most precious message ever recorded
Here is the word which not only presents the words of eternal life but prevents us from forgetting the Divine truth (v2)
Without knowing this book you are only as sound as the last error you met
3. The Power of the Gospel
‘ye are saved ‘
Need to be saved
We are lost
We don’t start off saved
We didn’t drift into being saved
We need to be saved
That salvation only came by’ receiving the gospel ‘ (V1)

The Gospel :
i. The Person of Christ
ii. The Power of His death
iii. The Proof :
Text of scripture (v3-4)
Triumph of Resurrection
Testimony of Eye Witnesses
Transformed Life of Paul

The Testimony of Eyewitnesses (v5-8)
How significant is this?
(1) Paul sees the necessity of providing evidence for the resurrection!
Paul is not thinking in terms of:
fables
parables
myths
legends
But sees and presents the resurrection as real historical fact and gives it a real historical setting!
If you talk to spiritists, mystics, pagans about their religion, the last thing they will talk about is historical evidence!
You don’t need concrete historical proof to start a religion!
You do need concrete historical proof for Christianity.
The apostle intends for the Gospel and the resurrection to be taken literally.
This is no myth.

(2) They prove the historical reality of the resurrection
‘these appearances … cannot prove more than that after the crucifixion certain persons believed that they had seen Jesus again…’ (CK Barrett)
They prove far more than that of course!
They didn’t think they saw Jesus or ‘believe’ they saw Jesus, if 12 or 500 hundred saw Him at the same time, then they did see Christ.

(3) Paul takes risks
Paul not only claims witnesses, but Paul names witnesses
More than that Paul names witnesses that they know:
Peter (v5)
James (v7)
Paul (v8)
We can be confident from the NT, historical references in the Acts and the history from the church fathers, that Paul is writing in the 1st Century AD.
If Paul is not telling the truth he is making a great blunder in naming his sources.

(4) When Great men sleep
‘but some are fallen asleep’ (v6)
This is no academic piece of literature
Saul depends on it!
Including Paul and those other witnesses, they would also die, they would be put to death and in that experience, their hope is the same as the hope which they share with us; ‘fallen asleep’ (v6)

Easter 2015 – 3 bad Reasons for Unbelief

Just added – an new message for Easter 2015, preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie:

 

Easter – 3 Bad Reasons for Unbelief – Luke Chp 24 – JS Gillespie – 05042015