- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Corinthians 15
Apostle Paul responded to a controversy on resurrection among people in the Corinthian church. The controversy was a question of credibility, “how is it true?”, and a question of plausibility, “how does it work?” Apostle Paul taught them the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and the resurrection of body.
The resurrection of Christ — The Scripture testified the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His death on the cross was an actual event so was his resurrection. Jesus showed himself after resurrection first to Peter, then five hundred people, then James and other disciples, and then Apostle Paul himself. He met risen Jesus on the way to Damascus (Acts 9). The news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ has passed on to people, through preaching.
The resurrection of the dead —- Because of the resurrection of Christ, there will be the resurrection of the dead. His resurrection was the first fruit of the resurrection of all. Adam and Christ were two example of God’s work, related to the life. God created Adam as living being but God sent Jesus Christ as life-giving. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” the faith and trust in the resurrection. (John 11:25-26). “Because I live, you shall also live,” the hope of eternal and resurrection. (John 14:19).
The resurrection of the body — the resurrection of Jesus was bodily and spiritual resurrection according to John’s witness (John 20:19-31). “How are the dead raised?”
Apostle Paul explained with a parable of seed of living thing. The seed died first and live again with different form. Our body is perishable with our death. But we will live again with imperishable body with our resurrection, “bearing the likeness of the man from heaven.” (v49). The mystery of resurrection is that it will be bodily as well as spiritual, final victory over death through Jesus Christ. The resurrection of the body is the work of God in Jesus Christ.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.