_______ December 14, 2016 ________

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We’re splitting chapter 15 into two parts… it’s BIG, and meaty.

This is going to be an important one, because 1 Corinthians 15 is a ‘rapture’ chapter.    Meaning that it’s about what’s going to happen in the future, and therefore it’s… not only a little elusive but highly controversial, in a lot of circles.  I don’t plan on hitting THAT part of things until next week, because there’s a lot that Paul says that builds up to it.

First thing Paul does is do a ‘Redemption Recap’, of sorts, and he states it up front:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  vs 1

Here it is.  And repeatedly he states that this fulfills scripture, meaning Torah/Tanach.  I’ve underlined that, for further emphasis.

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures vs 2-4

All of this had hundreds of eyewitnesses, which Paul also re-lists:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.  vs 5-8

Then he goes into how he – of all of them – was a least likely proponent, and yet look how Yehovah Elohim opened his eyes and made use of him.  It’s encouraging to us to know anyone – even a dissenter – can be a servant of Ha’Shem:

For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believedvs 9-11

I don’t like this format – me writing first.  Let’s do verses first, and then I comment after, k?

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  vs 12-18

Apparently people in Corinth didn’t believe in the resurrection.  Paul then goes on to negate that, because without a resurrection, Christ didn’t pay for sins.  We’d be separated from Yehovah.  Everything would’ve been in vain.  Not to mention 500+ people would be lying.  That’s kind of  hard to buy.  Especially since – at the time he was writing this – most of those 500+ people were alive and testifying to what happened, yet.

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  vs 19

This verse absolutely flummoxed me, when I read it.  Is it even possible to have ‘hope in Christ’ for only the short time that we’re here on Earth?  I don’t GET that.  The point of Christ was to make a way for us to be with the Father, no?  Then this verse doesn’t make *ANY* sense to me at all.  Paul must be talking to really stupid people… or I’m missing the point.  Because I don’t see how that’s even a possibility – to hope only for this life.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  vs 20

LOVE this verse!  Why?  Because it’s a feast fulfillment!  Look at Leviticus 23:10.  Firstfruits is one of the feasts we’re commanded to keep ‘for all generations’.  (<< emphasis on ALL.  Do you keep it?)  Anyhow, the point of the feasts is that they’re an Old Testament ‘shadow’ or ‘illustration’ of things that Christ would do in the future.  And He’s already fulfilled this one.  (In fact, each has been fulfilled multiple times over, but then I’ve posted about that, before.  Made a chart with verse references, even.)  Anyhow, Pesach is the ‘Passover Lamb’ slain to cover sins.  Following directly after that is Unleavened Bread, where Christ was lifeless/unleavened in the grave for three days.  And then Firstfruits, where the first of the offerings is lifted before Ha’Shem.  Messiah, all over!

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  vs 21-22

This sounds cryptic, but it’s not.  It’s the reason Christ came to earth.  Man was the one who sinned, by which death came into the world, and we’ve all been dying, ever since.  So therefore the vehicle to FIX it had to also be a man.  It’s why the ‘Word became flesh and dwelt among us.’  (< John 1)  Yehovah is nothing if He’s not orderly, with obvious patterns.  I’ve been pointing them out for YEARS.  Paul, too.  In fact, here we go with more pattern/order:

23a – But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
23b – afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.
24a – then cometh the end,
24b – when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;
24c – when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 –  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 –  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

That’s a TIMELINE!  There are so many timelines through scripture, nobody should be surprised.  But it totally matches up with both the Olivet Timeline *and* the Revelation Timeline.

Now… here’s where we start splitting hairs, though.  Some people say that there is no rapture… that Christ simply has a second coming, and we’re resurrected for that, and it’s as He opens a can of whup-ass on the Earth.  That it’s all at the same time… like a progression of near events. And I see what they’re saying, and why they do.  But they REFUSE to see my viewpoint.

I (and others) say that the resurrection in 23b is the Rapture, that happens before the Wrath and allows us to go to Heaven, where there are ‘many mansions’, where He has ‘gone to prepare a place for us, and He would return, and bring us there. The problem with the no-rapture and post Trib stances is that we are resurrected and stay HERE, with Him for the wrath and passing of the old Earth/world.  That would make Christ a liar, because it doesn’t ever land us where he was preparing mansions, it doesn’t allow His prophecy to be fulfilled.  It doesn’t allow us to attend a marriage feast of the Lamb, or be at a separate Judgment of the Lamb with the Book of Life.  A post-Trib/no-rapture view makes Christ a liar.  I can’t tolerate that.

Another thing that needs to be looked at in this is the underlined bit.  Christ resurrected and ascended to the Father as the firstfruits.  We DON’T – not until His return.  So this BS about our family ‘being in Heaven’, now?  They’re not.  Dead people don’t go to Heaven.  They don’t resurrect, yet.  They’re either in Paradise (post-Christ), Abraham’s busom (pre-Christ), or Hell (both).

For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.  vs 27-28

There’s a lot of ‘HE’s in this section.  Kind of like those verses in Romans (7:15-20)… what I do, I would not, what I would never do, I do?  Only this is separating Yehovah and Yeshua, in a similar manner.  Isn’t it?  Or is it?  Because this part kind of got to me, too.  If the Father and the Son are One (John 10:30), then these are just different facets, in different roles, right?  Except that it confuses me, some.  Because the Son is subject to Yehovah, in this passage.  Which makes Him lower than the Father.  I get confused.  I also get confused when people pray to Yeshua/Jesus.  Are we supposed to DO that… if Yehovah is the Lord of all?  Shouldn’t we pray to Him?  Is it wrong to pray to Yeshua?  I stopped when I came out of christianity, because of the confusion.

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